Beavers Women's Hoops begin home NSIC play versus Wolves, Dragons

Beavers Women's Hoops begin home NSIC play versus Wolves, Dragons
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Beavers Women's Hoops begin home NSIC play versus Wolves, Dragons

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team plays its first home games of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule this weekend against No. 25 Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers (3-3, 0-2 NSIC) first host the Wolves (6-1, 2-1 NSIC) at 6 p.m. on Friday followed by the Dragons (6-1, 3-0 NSIC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Series vs. Northern State

  • The Beavers and Wolves series history dates back to Jan. 24, 1986, a span of 63 games led by NSU, 53-10. The Wolves have won the last six games against the Beavers. Senior Tatum Sheley and senior Hanna Zerr averaged 10 points against the Wolves last season, including a double-double by Sheley with 12 points and a career high 10 rebounds on Jan. 22, 2016.

The Series vs. MSU Moorhead

  • The Dragons also lead the 102-game series against the Beavers, 63-39, that dates back to 1968. MSUM has won the last nine games against BSU. Sheley averaged 17.5 points per game against the Dragons last season, including a 20-point outing on Feb. 19, 2016.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • BSU remained within reaching distance in each game of a weekend sweep to University of Minnesota Duluth, 82-73, and St. Cloud State University, 111-107 in double overtime, Dec. 2 and 3.
  • The Beavers trailed just one point after the first quarter but fell down by 12 at the half. BSU gained momentum in the third quarter against UMD as senior Aimee Pelzer scored eight points in the third period, including two 3-pointers. The Beavers pulled to within seven points of the Bulldogs, but free throws over the final minute sealed the 82-73 win for UMD.
  • Pelzer led BSU with 19 points, followed by junior Sierra Senske with 17, against UMD. Pelzer shot 6-for-15 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded two steals.
  • BSU shot for a season-best 87.5 percent from the free throw line against UMD, sinking 21-of-24 from the charity stripe. Zerr converted 8-for-8 from the free throw line while Senske made 7-of-8 from the line.
  • The Beavers shot 39.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Pelzer led BSU in shooting from long range while knocking down 4-of-8 from deep.
  • Bemidji State outscored St. Cloud State, 27-22, in the fourth quarter to force overtime for the first time this season. The Beavers held a lead in the first overtime period but the Huskies tied the game again with an and-one opportunity to push for double overtime. St. Cloud State held the lead through the entire second overtime period to pull away for the 111-107 win.
  • Sheley set a career high with 26 points while freshman Sydney Arrington hit the 20-point mark for the second time this season against SCSU. Pelzer recorded her first double-double of the season against SCSU with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The Beavers’ 107-point outing against the Huskies was the fifth highest in program history and just the second loss in 16 100-point games for BSU.
  • BSU set a season-high with 59 rebounds against the Huskies, which is the most for the program since grabbing 65 against UMD on Dec. 5, 2015. The Beavers also set season highs in field goals made, field goal attempts, 3-pointers made, 3-point attempts, free throws made and free throw attempts.
  • Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 860 points after Saturday’s game. Senske follows in second with 816. Pelzer and Zerr are also both within 226 points of 1,000 for their career.

Scouting No. 25 Northern State

  • Northern State defeated both Minot State University and University of Mary at home to earn its first two NSIC victories of the 2016-17 season and to move up to No. 25 in the WBCA Division II Coaches Poll. NSU opened its previous weekend of action with a 74-53 win against MiSU and finished with a 59-38 win against U-Mary.
  • As a unit, NSU shot 41.2 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 80.9 percent from the foul line against the two opponents. Northern State hit the boards for more rebounds and collected more assists than both the Beavers and Marauders.
  • The Wolves had 11 different players score against Minot State, led by junior Jill Conrad with 14. Conrad recorded 28 points, 12 rebounds and four steals between both games. Junior Gabby Laimer tallied 24 points on the weekend, going 7-for-16 from 3-point range.

Scouting MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead upped its winning streak to six and overall record to 6-1 entering this weekend’s games after a sweep at home last weekend. MSUM beat U-Mary, 82-59 on Friday thanks to 12 3-pointers, including 11 in the first half. The Dragons followed with a 57-46 win over the Beavers of Minot State on Saturday.
  • MSUM outscored its opponents 69.5-52.5 on the week and shot 46.0 percent from the field. The Dragons totaled 34 assists compared to 18 for their opposition.
  • Junior Drew Sannes earned NSIC North Player of the Week while averaging 24.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the week. She scored a career high 32 points in the win over U-Mary on Friday. Sophomore Jacky Volkert averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 assists for the week and recorded a career high nine assists against Minot State.

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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).