Women's Basketball faces LumberJills, Tigers at Huskies Classic

Women's Basketball faces LumberJills, Tigers at Huskies Classic
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Women's Basketball faces LumberJills, Tigers at Huskies Classic

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team faces two non-conference opponents while taking part in the Huskies Classic in St. Cloud, Minn., Nov. 18-19. The Beavers (1-0) take on Northland College at 4 p.m. Friday and Fort Hays State University at 2 p.m. Saturday from Halenbeck Hall.

The Series vs. Northland

  • Bemidji State and Northland College have met twice previous to this, with the Beavers leading the series record, 2-0. BSU and NC have played the past two seasons with Bemidji State winning, 97-34 and 83-44.

The Series vs. Fort Hays State

  • Bemidji State and Fort Hays State have met three times previously. The Tigers lead the all-time series, 2-1, including the most recent meeting with a 71-65 win on Nov. 14, 2014. The Beavers took their only win, 77-74, on Nov. 26, 2005.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State opened the 2016-17 season with an 81-55 win at home versus Mayville State. It was their 32nd win all-time versus Mayville State and 11th in a row.
  • True freshman Sydney Arrington scored 29 points in her freshman debut and tied for the team high with six rebounds. She converted 13-of-17 shots from the field and sank three free throws.
  • Junior Sierra Senske and senior guard Tatum Sheley also reached double-digit scoring. Senske finished with 11 points and Sheley recorded 10.
  • Bemidji State shot 50 percent from the field on 31-of-62 shooting, including 41.2 percent from behind the 3-point line on 7-of-17 shooting.
  • The Beavers held a 42-16 lead at halftime after making all seven of their 3-pointers in the first half. Arrington scored 25 of her 29 points in the second half.
  • All 16 Beavers on the roster saw time on the court against the Comets. Seven newcomers combined for 36 of the team’s 81 points.
  • Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 797 points after Saturday’s game. Senske follows in second with 748.
  • Bemidji State returns six student-athletes who rotated in the starting lineup last season, while returning nine letterwinners in total. Seven newcomers join the Beavers, including three junior transfers and four true freshmen.
  • Bemidji State finished the 2015-16 season with a 7-20 record overall and 3-19 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.
  • Bemidji State began the 2016-17 with a 79-59 exhibition loss against North Dakota State University last weekend. Senior guard Tatum Sheley led the team with 18 points. Sierra Senske followed with 14 points and eight rebounds while Hanna Zerr added 11 points. Senior guard Allison Cordes led the team with three assists and four steals. The Beavers outscored the Bison 37-33 in the game’s final two periods.
  • DeVille begins her second season at the helm while improving BSU’s win total during Year One. DeVille brought on first-year assistant coach Jamie Majerowicz while assistant coach Clint Neumann returns for his second season.
  • Cordes, Pelzer and junior center Sierra Senske were selected as the 2016-17 team captains.
  • Cordes started 10 of 27 games played in last season and averaged 24.4 minutes per game. She ranked third on the team with 65 assists and 23 steals while adding 4.1 points per game.
  • Pelzer led the Beavers in several categories including scoring (13.1 ppg), points (353), 3-point percentage (.399), 3-pointers made (63), rebounds (5.7 rpg), assists (93), steals (46) and blocks (20). She started all 27 games last season and 54 games in her career, second only to senior guard Hanna Zerr with 80 starts in 81 games.
  • Senske started all 27 games and led the team in field goal percentage (.459). She tied the team lead in rebounds (5.7 rpg) and ranked third in scoring (12.5 ppg). Senske was chosen as the NSIC Freshman of the Year following the 2014-15 season.

Scouting Northland

  • Saturday’s game will be the fifth game for the Comets who competes in the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
  • The Comets are 2-3 this season and went 0-2 last weekend against Dordt College and Northwestern College.
  • Naomi Torgerson leads the Comets in scoring through the team’s first five games and averages 16.7 points per game. Andi Gayner adds 16.4 ppg and leads the team with 39 rebounds.
  • As a team, the Comets shoot .381 percent from the field, .234 from three-point range and average 68.2 points per game.

Scouting Fort Hays State

  • The Tigers begin the Huskies Classic versus St. Cloud State University on Nov. 18.
  • Fort Hays State enters the Huskies Classic 2-0, grabbing wins against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference programs Upper Iowa University and Southwest Minnesota State. The Tigers beat the Peacocks, 82-56 on Nov. 11, before taking down the Mustangs, 83-49 on Nov. 12.
  • Senior guard Jill Faxon leads the Tigers with 11.5 points per game, which included a 16-point game versus the Mustangs. She shot 7-of-11 from the field and sank two 3-point attempts against SMSU. Faxon is shooting 50 percent from the field through two games.
  • FHSU fell in two exhibition games to begin the season at University of Kansas, 98-71, and Creighton University, 90-56..

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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).