BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team ends the calendar year on the road against Upper Iowa University on Dec. 30 and Winona State University on Dec. 31. The Beavers (3-6, 0-5 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) are seeking their first conference win against the Peacocks (0-10, 0-6 NSIC) or the No. 16 Warriors (10-2, 5-1 NSIC).
The Series vs. Upper Iowa
- Bemidji State leads the young series against Upper Iowa University, which began with a 73-58 win for BSU on Dec. 28, 2004. The Beavers lead the all-time record, 14-5, including a 70-53 win in the most recent matchup on Jan. 30, 2016. Senior guard Tatum Sheley recorded a previous-career-high of 25 points against the Peacocks last season. Junior center Sierra Senske also topped 20 points, finishing with 22.
- Pelzer recorded a career-high 12 rebounds last season against Upper Iowa. Junior center Katie Miller recorded a career-high 12 points against the Peacocks Jan. 4, 2014 during her freshman season.
The Series vs. Winona State
- Despite a recent run by Winona State University, Bemidji State leads the all-time record, 43-34. The Warriors have won the last six games against the Beavers, including a sweep last season. BSU fell to then-No. 10 WSU, 65-56, in Bemidji on Jan. 29, 2016 before a 74-64 conference tournament first round loss to then-No. 8 WSU in Winona, Minn., on Feb. 20, 2016.
- Senior guard Allison Cordes recorded a career-high 17 points against the Warriors in the first meeting of the 2015-16 season. She shot 6-of-7 from the field, including a career-high five 3-pointers. Pelzer converted a career-high five 3-pointers during the second meeting against WSU last season.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was handed an 80-68 loss by University of Minnesota Crookston just before the holiday break. The Golden Eagles earned their first overall and conference wins of the season thanks in part to outscoring the Beavers in the third quarter, 27-12.
- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer began the game hot, sinking three 3-pointers in the first quarter, en route to setting a career high with 24 points in the game. The Beavers trailed the Golden Eagles 19-17 after the first quarter and eventually cut the deficit to one, 23-22, with seven minutes until halftime. BSU missed four field goals and gave away two turnovers after that mark, which helped UMC to a 10-1 run. Despite BSU outscoring UMC, 26-18, in the final quarter, the Golden Eagles were able to hold on to the win thanks to the 10-1 run and third quarter scoring.
- Pelzer shot 9-of-16, .563, from the field and 4-of-9, .444, from beyond the arc. Sheley followed Pelzer as the only Beaver in double-digit scoring with 14. Senske was one point shy of her second double-double of the season, finishing with nine points and a career high 13 rebounds against UMC.
- Bemidji State shot under its average against Minnesota Crookston, finishing 38.2 percent from the field and 26.7 percent on 3-point attempts. BSU sank 8-of-12 attempts from the free throw line.
- Sheley has led BSU in scoring a team-high four times this season, while Pelzer and freshman guard Erica Gartner have each led in points twice. Senske and freshman center Sydney Arrington have led the Beavers in rebounds in all but two games this season. Pelzer enters the 2017 calendar year as the team’s best passer, leading the team in assists during six games this season.
- Sheley extended the active scoring lead for BSU women’s basketball to 921 points and currently ranks 10th in the conference with 14.9 points per game. Senske follows Sheley with 842 career points at BSU, while Pelzer and Zerr are also both within 199 points of 1,000 for their career.
Scouting Upper Iowa
- Upper Iowa led by a dozen points in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, but Winona State rallied to claim a 68-58 victory in Fayette, Iowa on Dec. 17, 2016. The Warriors finished the final eight minutes of the game on a 22-0 run to keep the Peacocks winless at 0-10 on the season.
- Winona State blocked five Upper Iowa shots and forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter to force UIU to 0-of-13 shooting from the field during the 22-0 run. The Peacocks set season highs with 13 3-pointers, 29 3-point attempts, 44.8 percent shooting from deep and 15 assists against the Warriors.
- Blair Klostermann and Ashley Ray led the way in scoring for Upper Iowa with 28 and 14 points, respectively. Klostermann knocked down seven 3-pointers in eight attempts, while Ray sank 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Haley Martin added eight points, including two 3-pointers, and four other Peacocks notched two points each. Martin led the Peacocks on the glass with six rebounds, while Karlee Grabau and Sam Ofstad each added five. Ofstad and Ray each handed out four assists.
- Klostermann leads UIU and ranks fourth in the NSIC with 16.2 points per game. She has led the team in scoring on five occasions this season and has reached double-digit scoring in the last seven games. Martin continues to lead the Peacocks with 5.4 rebounds per game.
Scouting No. 16 Winona State
- Winona State made a 12-point fourth-quarter comeback against Upper Iowa in a 68-58 road win on Dec. 17, 2016. The Warriors enter the weekend with the No. 16 ranking in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and a 10-2 overall record.
- The Warriors shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half and scored 23 points in both the first and fourth quarters against the Peacocks. After scoring just one point in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, Winona State closed the game on a 22-0 run. WSU won the battle in the paint, outscoring UIU 40-10 in the lane, and also totaled 23 points off Upper Iowa turnovers.
- Jenny Tuttle scored 17 points, dished out five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Kayla Timmerman was 7-of-12 from the field and scored 17 points. Hannah McGlone recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gabie Doud scored a career-high nine points.
- WSU stayed on the mark with its per game scoring average against UIU, entering the weekend with 67.8 points per game. The Warriors shot better than their average against the Peacocks, sinking 46.4 percent from the field and 42.9 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).