BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team closes its non-conference schedule with a home contest against Crown College at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (2-1) and the Storm are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the second meeting between the two programs all-time.
The Series vs. Crown College
- In the only meeting between BSU and CC on Nov. 14, 2015, the Beavers set a program single-game record in scoring with a 110-44 win over the Storm. The Beavers finished the game with 60 points in the paint and took advantage with 35 points off turnovers.
- Five players reached double-digit scoring, led by junior center Sierra Senske with 21 points. Senior Hanna Zerr put up 16 points to follow Senske and led BSU with eight rebounds.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers split its last weekend of games at the Huskies Classic held in St. Cloud, Minn. Bemidji State beat Northland College, 72-56, to begin the weekend followed by the program’s first loss of the season to Fort Hays State University, 91-58.
- BSU shot 39.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on 3-pointers during both games. The team was able to average 29 points in the paint as well while freshman Erica Gartner led BSU in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game.
- Gartner set a career high with 15 points in her first career start against Northland. Senior guards Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr also put up 15 points against Northland to set season highs.
- The Beavers extended a 7-3 lead against the LumberJills to 17-8 over a six minute span for its largest lead of the first quarter. Five different players scored during the run before the Beavers headed to the second quarter with a 21-14 lead. Gartner sank back-to-back 3-pointers in the quarter to give BSU a 14-point lead with under five minutes in the half. The Storm were able to bring the deficit down to eight heading into halftime. The Beavers remained ahead by at least 10 points until an 11-0 run to begin the fourth quarter gave them their first 20-point lead.
- BSU trailed FHSU 8-2 to begin the first four minutes but was able to pulled within three points, 13-10, three minutes later. The Tigers then began a 37-7 run that lasted until two minutes remaining in the first half. Sophomore forward Emma Rappe scored all of her 12 points in the first half, which was good enough to tie the team high for the game. Fort Hays State stayed hot through the third quarter, taking a game-high 80-28 lead into the final period. BSU came alive in the fourth quarter, topping their previous three quarters of work with 30 points in the closing 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 816 points after last weekend’s games. Senske follows in second with 766.
Scouting Crown College
- Crown lost for the second time to begin the season, a 75-52 margin at home against Augsburg College on Nov. 22.
- The Auggies jumped out to a 22-8 lead over the Storm at the end of the first quarter. Crown answered back to cut the Augsburg lead to 38-27 heading into halftime, but AC won the second half by a margin of 37-25 to pull away.
- Guard Hannah Malone finished as the only Crown player with double-digit scoring, finishing the game with 12 points. Fellow guard Andrea Besa followed in scoring with nine points. Crown shot 36 percent from the field and 18.2 percent on 3-pointers as a team.
- Crown ranks last in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in scoring offense with 43.0 points per game but ranks fourth in scoring defense with 68.0 points allowed per game. The Storm are shooting 27.7 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from long range but rank third in the UMAC with 36.5 rebounds per game.
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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).