BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team is set to open its regular season play traveling to St. Paul, Minn. for the Radisson Hotel Roseville Classic hosted by Concordia University, St. Paul.
BSU will take on Fort Hays State University Friday and Pittsburg State University Saturday with tip offs set for 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
- Bemidji State has never faced Pittsburg State, making this the first ever meeting.
- The Beavers are 1-1 in the all-time series against Fort Hays State. In both previous meetings, the games were played at Fort Hays State, including a 65-54 loss Nov. 29, 1997 and a 77-74 victory Nov. 26, 2005.
- BSU is coming off a 9-18 2013-14 season record with a 5-17 conference mark, finishing eighth in divisional standings.
- Sophomore guard, Hanna Zerr was chosen as the Beavers’ NSIC player to watch this season. Zerr is coming off her freshman year during which she played in and started 26 games before missing the season finale due to injury.
- In Zerr’s first collegiate season, she finished with averages of 7.8 points (fourth on the team), 4.3 rebounds (third on the squad) and a team-best 2.8 assists per game. She knocked down 48-of-61 free throws for a 78.7 percentage and added 34 steals to finish second among her teammates.
- During the 2013-14 season, the Beavers shot 38 percent (663-1,732) from the field and 75 percent (375-502) from the charity line.
- The Beavers kicked off the 2014-15 season with two exhibition games as they took on University of North Dakota Nov. 2 and North Dakota State University Nov. 7. BSU fell in both games 79-43 and 100-47, respectively.
- Allie Knuti led the Beavers scoring at UND, charting 12 points. Knuti went 3-for-7 from the field, 6-for-13 from the free throw line and recorded five rebounds, including four defensively.
- Hanna Zerr was second on the team in scoring against North Dakota with 10 points, including 4-for-17 from the field.
- Leading the Beavers against NDSU was Sarah Durand as she came off the bench to score 12 points, put up six rebounds and one blocked shot. Durand was 4-for-7 from the field.
Fort Hays State
- Last season Fort Hays State was 21-8 overall and 12-7 in the MIAA. The Tigers’ season ended in the semifinals of the MIAA Championship Tournament with a loss to Central Missouri.
- The Tigers return 12 players to this year’s roster and after winning 20 games for the third consecutive season, have built a program with expectations of success.
- The returners include senior Kate Lehman, who was the Tigers’ leading scorer last season with 478 points (16.5 ppg). Lehman earned honors as Daktronics All-Central Region First Team, WBCA All-American Honorable Mention as well as being named All-American by Division II Bulletin.
- FHSU’s Beth Bohuslavsky is another top returner after earning All-MIAA honorable mention last year. Bohuslavsky finished the season with a 2.69 assist-to-turnover ratio, which led the MIAA and was second nationally. The junior guard added 6.9 points per game while leading the team with 94 assists and 27.4 minutes played per game.
- Other key components on this year’s roster include senior Keriann Shaw, juniors Chelsea Mason and Paige Lunsford, and sophomore Jill Faxon. Mason and Faxon had double-digit points in the Tigers’ exhibition at Division I Kansas while Lunsford led the team with seven rebounds in 30 minutes played (a team-high). Shaw averaged four rebounds per game with 30 steals in 2013-14.
- Last Season Pittsburg State ended the season 23-8 overall and 16-3 in MIAA play. Their season ended when they lost to Wayne State University in the first round of the NCAA Central Region playoffs.
- PIttsburg State was picked to finish second in the MIAA by the league’s coaches in a preseason poll.
- The Gorillas are returning nine players, including four seniors, two juniors and three sophomores.
- The list of returning players also includes senior Lizzy Jeronimus, who was the Gorillas’ leading scorer last season with 580 points for an average of 18.7 points per game. Jeronimus was also named WBCA All-American and Daktronics All-Central Region.
- Along with Jeronimus, Pitt State returns two other top scorers from a year ago, including junior Cathy Brugman (9.5 ppg, .462 3pt pct.) and senior guard Antqunita Reed (9.1 ppg).