BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference 2016-17 Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released today, selecting Bemidji State University women’s basketball to finish 14th overall and eighth in the North Division. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer was named the Beavers’ Player to Watch after leading the program in six categories last season.
2015-16 NSIC regular season champion Winona State University was chosen as the conference favorite with seven first-place votes and 201 points overall, followed by Northern State University with three first-place votes and 200 points. 2015-16 NSIC Tournament runner-up Augustana University garnered four first-place votes and 195 points for third while Wayne State College totaled 183 points for fourth. Minnesota State University Moorhead received the final two first-place votes with 163 points to rank fifth. Bemidji State earned 56 points to be slotted 14th in the overall poll.
Northern State and MSU Moorhead received seven of the division’s eight first-place votes to rank first and second, respectively, in the NSIC North Division Poll. University of Minnesota Crookston received the final first-place vote while ranking sixth in the division. BSU totaled 14 points to rank eighth.
Northern State forward Jill Conrad was selected as the NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year while Wayne State forward Paige Bollinger was chosen as the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.
NSIC coaches rank each team from one to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.
Aimee Pelzer, a senior guard from Upsala, Minn., was selected as BSU’s Player to Watch. She led the program last season in six categories, including points per game (13.1), minutes per game (34.4), 3-point field goal percentage (.399), assists (93), steals (46) and blocks (20). Pelzer finished one rebound (154) shy of the team high for the season while also finishing second in field goal percentage (.401) and free throw percentage (.769). She recorded two double-doubles and earned NSIC Player of the Week one time last season.
The Beavers finished the 2015-16 season 7-20 overall and 3-19 in the NSIC. Bemidji State returns seven letterwinners from a season ago while bringing in seven new student-athletes.
Head Coach Chelsea DeVille begins her second season with the program in 2016-17 along with first-year assistant Jamie Majerowicz and second-year assistant Clint Neumann.
Bemidji State begins the 2016-17 season Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. with an exhibition at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. BSU hosts Mayville State University Saturday, Nov. 12 to tip-off the regular season.
|1. Winona State (7)||201||1. Northern State (6)||48|
|2. Northern State (3)||200||2. MSU Moorhead (1)||42|
|3. Augustana (4)||195||3. St. Cloud State||30|
|4. Wayne State||183||4. University of Mary||28|
|5. MSU Moorhead (2)||163||5. Minnesota Duluth||24|
|6. Minnesota State||146||6. Minnesota Crookston (1)||23|
|7. Concordia-St. Paul||140||7. Minot State||15|
|8. St. Cloud State||124||8. Bemidji State||14|
|9. Sioux Falls||108||South Division||Points|
|10. Minnesota Duluth||107||1. Winona State (3)||42|
|11. Minnesota Crookston||98||2. Augustana (2)||40|
|12. University of Mary||93||3. Wayne State (2)||38|
|13. Minot State||57||4. Minnesota State (1)||32|
|14. Bemidji State||56||5. Concordia-St. Paul||28|
|15. Southwest Minn. State||26||6. Sioux Falls||24|
|16. Upper Iowa||23||7. Upper Iowa||11|
|first place votes in ()||8. Southwest Minn. State||9|
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).