BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team continues the Highway 2 rivalry versus University of Minnesota Crookston Thursday, Dec. 15 in its final game before the holiday break. One team will earn its first conference win as the Beavers (3-5, 0-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and Golden Eagles (0-8, 0-4 NSIC) tip-off at 5 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium.
The Series vs. Minnesota Crookston
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston will face off for the 39th time in the series history, led by the Beavers, 21-17. BSU owned the record early in the series, winning the first six and 11 of the first 14 meetings all-time. UMC has taken control of the series since 2009, winning 10 of the last 14 games.
- The Golden Eagles swept the Beavers in the 2015-16 season series with an 80-52 win in Crookston and an 81-74 win in Bemidji. Aimee Pelzer, Sierra Senske, Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr all averaged over 10 points per game against UMC last season. Sheley set a previous career high in the second meeting against UMC with 24 points on a current career high five 3-pointers on Dec. 18, 2015.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was swept in its conference home opener against Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers first fell to the Wolves, 81-72, before dropping a game to the Dragons, 102-50.
- Sheley single-handedly brought Bemidji State back from a 23-point deficit in the second quarter to within seven at halftime, 44-37, following a 16-0 run to end the half. She finished with 24 points in the first half, one shy of her previous career-high for a single game. The Beavers trailed by as many as 17 in the second half before drawing within three points of the Wolves with just over two minutes in the game. NSU converted baskets on its next two possessions while BSU missed a 3-pointer and turned the ball over for the deciding possessions of the game.
- Sheley led BSU with a career high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and a season-high four 3-pointers. She sank 8-of-10 free throws and added five rebounds. Pelzer scored 14 points and created four assists.
- BSU shot a season-best 42.9 percent on 3-pointers and finished shooting 41.3 percent from the field. Despite having more turnovers than NSU, 10-9, BSU took advantage with 19 points off turnovers compared to 14 for Northern State.
- MSU Moorhead held the lead for the entirety of the game against Bemidji State and took off in the second half after a 43-27 lead at halftime. BSU could not catch MSUM, shooting 22.2 percent in the second half compared to 63.3 percent for the Dragons.
- Sheley led the Beavers in scoring for the third consecutive game with 17 points and surpassed 900 career points. She finished with four 3-pointers for the third time this season while adding four rebounds. Senske and Sam Adamich led BSU on the boards with five rebounds each.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 907 points after Saturday’s game. Senske follows in second with 834. Pelzer and Zerr are also both within 212 points of 1,000 for their career.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- Minnesota Crookston was swept by MSU Moorhead, 87-60, and Northern State, 78-65, in its final weekend of NSIC action before the holiday break.
- UMC shot 21-of-61 for 34.4 percent from the field on Friday against MSUM. The Golden Eagles were 11-of-27 for 40.7 percent from beyond the arc against the Dragons. UMC totaled 11 assists to 16 turnovers.
- Minnesota Crookston shot 24-of-64 for 38.1 percent from the field against Northern State. UMC was 7-of-26 for 26.9 percent shooting on 3-pointers and totaled nine assists to 12 turnovers.
- Alison Hughes and Kelsey Stinson led the Golden Eagles with 11.5 points per game on the weekend. Stinson shot 47.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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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).