BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball faces Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato for the only regular season meeting during the 2016-17 season Jan. 27-28 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (6-12, 3-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) are looking for their third win in the last four games with a 6 p.m. tip-off against the Golden Bears (13-7, 9-5 NSIC) and close the weekend at 4 p.m. versus the Mavericks (10-8, 6-8 NSIC).
The Series vs. Concordia-St. Paul
- The Beavers and Golden Bears have met 40 times before Friday’s game in a series led by CSP, 28-12. BSU began the series with 10 wins over the first 13 games while CSP has taken control of the series record with 25 wins over the last 27, dating back to Jan. 13, 2001. Concordia-St. Paul has won two straight in the series, including an 83-76 win last season in St. Paul, Minn. Senior guards Aimee Pelzer, Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr, and junior center Sierra Senske all scored at least 10 points last season against CSP, led by Zerr with 18.
The Series vs. Minnesota State
- The Beavers and Mavericks began their series in 1976, led by MSU, 30-13. Minnesota State has won the last six games against Bemidji State, including an 82-71 win in Mankato, Minn., last season. Zerr recorded a career-high 21 points during the loss on 9-of-15 shooting from the field. Pelzer, Senske and Sheley each also scored at least 10 points for the second consecutive game.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State snapped a 26-game road losing streak that dated back to Jan. 6, 2013 after a weekend split at Minot State University and University of Mary, Jan. 20-21. BSU opened the weekend with an 83-57 win over MiSU before a loss to U-Mary, 76-66.
- Bemidji State fell into an early deficit to Minot State after heading to the second quarter trailing, 21-14. The BSU offense came alive following the first quarter as the team scored at least 20 points in each of the three remaining quarters. Bemidji State went into halftime with a 36-30 lead and pulled away through the remainder of the game.
- The win was BSU’s first true road win since a 73-54 victory at Valley City State University, Jan. 6, 2015 and its first road in in NSIC play since a 71-69 margin at University of Minnesota Crookston, Dec. 19, 2014. The win over Minot State also signified the first back-to-back wins in conference action since consecutive victories Feb. 15-16, 2013 on the road against Minot State and U-Mary.
- Pelzer directed the BSU offense while tying a career-high 25 points and dishing out six assists. She shot 10-for-16 from the field and four-for-eight from beyond the arc while also grabbing four rebounds and recording two steals and one block. Sheley set up her career night Saturday with 14 points against Minot State, setting her just 12 points away from 1,000 for her career.
- Bemidji State shot 56.9 percent from the field as a team while holding MInot State to 31.7 percent from the floor and 25.0 percent from long range. BSU shot 52.9 percent from 3-pointers and scored 26 points off 13 Minot State turnovers.
- Bemidji State’s scoring flipped from the previous night while exiting the first quarter with an 18-12 lead. U-Mary proceeded to outscore BSU in each of the remaining three quarters, including a 35-31 lead at halftime. The Beavers hovered around 40.0 percent shooting during both halves, but allowed the Marauders to shoot 51.7 percent in the second half.
- Sheley became the 18th Beaver in program history to record 1,000 career points with her first field goal of the second quarter. Needing 12 points to reach the milestone, Sheley scored 10 in the first quarter and sank a 3-pointer for the team’s first score in the second quarter to reach the mark. Sheley finished with a team-high 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and four-of-nine shooting from beyond the arc.
- Pelzer leads the Beavers with 15.0 points, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Her scoring average ranks her eighth in the NSIC while she leads in assists during conference play with 5.5 per game. Sheley ranks second on BSU and 21st in the NSIC with 12.6 points per game.
1,000 Point Watch (Career Totals)
- Tatum Sheley - 1,013 points
- Aimee Pelzer - 971 points
- Sierra Senske - 943 points
- Hanna Zerr - 837 points
It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk
- Bemidji State’s basketball programs will be hosting “It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk” Saturday versus Minnesota State. The fifth annual campaign, which started in 2013, will commemorate Drake Bigler, the five-month-old son of Southwest Minnesota State University head coach Brad Bigler, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012.
- During the night, NSIC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members will be collecting signatures from fans pledging not to drive drunk. Over the past four years, NSIC SAAC members have collected over 30,000 signatures from fans pledging not to drive drunk. The NSIC encourages fans to support this effort and to always drive responsibly.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- The Golden Bears took a sweep on the road last weekend to extend their winning streak to six games. Concordia-St. Paul opened the weekend with a 67-63 win against Southwest Minnesota State University, shooting 41.5 percent from the field and holding SMSU to 34.4. CSP held a 38-22 points in the paint advantage over SMSU. Concordia-St. Paul finished the road weekend with a 62-51 win at University of Sioux Falls, snapping a three-game losing streak to USF in the process. CSP outscored USF in the second half, 36-21, after trailing by as many as 13 in the second.
- Caitlyn Russell averaged 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game over the weekend. She tied a career-high five blocks against Sioux Falls. Anna Schmitt averaged 21.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game during the two wins. Schmitt helped CSP score from the free throw line, chipping in 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Scouting Minnesota State
- The Mavericks have won three of their last four games after a split to enter this weekend fifth in the NSIC South Division. Minnesota State saw a two-game winning streak snapped following an 84-72 loss at Sioux Falls. MSU got back in the win column with an 87-70 victory over SMSU Jan. 21. The Mavericks outrebounded the Mustangs, 42-31, while the bench scored 41 points. Three Mavericks totaled at least 10 points against the Mustangs, including freshman Taylor Klug with 18, senior Karina Schroeder with 17 and junior Claire Ziegler with 15.
- Senior Britney Sherber recorded her 1,000th career point in 101 games at MSU with 19 points against USF. Ziegler tallied her fourth double-double of the season versus SMSU with 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Klug came off the bench and matched a season-high 18 points against SMSU. Schroeder also tied a season-high 17 points versus SMSU and pulled down eight rebounds at USF.
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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).