Women’s Hoops begins four-game road trip at Wayne State, Augustana

Women’s Hoops begins four-game road trip at Wayne State, Augustana
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Women’s Hoops begins four-game road trip at Wayne State, Augustana

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Two of the final three regular season weekends for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team will be road trips, beginning with a weekend series at Wayne State College Feb. 3 and Augustana University Feb. 4. The Beavers (6-14, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) begin play at 6 p.m. Friday against the Wildcats (15-6, 10-6 NSIC) and 4 p.m. Saturday against the Vikings (16-7, 11-5 NSIC).

The Series vs. Wayne State

  • The Bemidji State and Wayne State series dates back to Feb. 6, 1993 and totals 43 games, led by WSC, 29-14. The Beavers took the first two games of the series and won last season on the road, 68-65, for its first win against the Wildcats in the last eight meetings.
  • Senior guard Tatum Sheley scored a team-high 22 points with three 3-pointers followed by senior guard Aimee Pelzer with 16 points. Pelzer set a previous career-high seven assists while also recording eight rebounds and three steals.

The Series vs. Augustana

  • Augustana leads the young series against Bemidji State, 13-2, that first began Dec. 10, 1983. After a 77-72 Beavers in in overtime to begin the series, the Vikings have won 13 of the last 14 and four straight. Augustana entered Bemidji last season and took away a 73-48 win from Bemidji State.
  • Pelzer recorded her first career double-double last season against Augustana with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also totaled three assists and one steal while junior center Sierra Senske led BSU with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State fell in a home sweep to Concordia University-St. Paul, 68-60, and Minnesota State University, Mankato, 75-64. The Beavers enter this weekend one win shy of its 2015-16 season total and currently sit seventh in the NSIC North Division standings, three games behind fifth place University of Mary.
  • Concordia-St. Paul took a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and jumped to a 35-19 lead at halftime after scoring 21 second-quarter points. The Beavers held close in the third quarter before outscoring the Golden Bears in the fourth, 25-15.
  • Pelzer tied a career-high 25 points, her second 25-point game in the last four outings, to lead BSU on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. She also recorded three rebounds, three assists and two steals while finishing the game four points shy of 1,000 in her career. Senske was the only other Beaver to reach double-figure scoring with 10 points. Senske led BSU with seven rebounds, three coming on the offensive side.
  • The Beavers finished the night shooting 35.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range, while the Golden Bears shot 43.9 percent from the floor and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc. CSP was able to crash the boards while pulling down 43 rebounds compared to 34 for BSU.
  • Bemidji State was able to create offensive opportunities with ball movement against Minnesota State but trailed, 33-28, at halftime. BSU pulled within a two-possession score twice in the fourth quarter but MSU finished the game on a 7-3 run to seal the win.
  • Pelzer became the 19th Beaver all-time to score 1,000 career points with her first four points of the game. She hit the mark with the first of two free throws early in the second quarter. Pelzer finished the game with a team-high 23 points, scoring at least 20 points for the seventh time this season and third in the last four games, and eight assists. Sophomore forward Emma Rappe came off the bench to finish as the only other Beaver scoring in double-digits with 15 points. She finished the night with a career-high three 3-pointers. Senior guard Hanna Zerr led BSU on the boards with a career-high 10 rebounds.
  • The Beavers recorded 20 assists on 23 team field goals to remain close towards the end of the game but the Mavericks won the rebound margin, 42-36, to lead the entirety of the game. BSU finished shooting 35.9 percent from the floor and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. MSU shot 44.1 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Pelzer leads the Beavers with 15.9 points and 5.2 assists per game. Her scoring efforts rank her sixth in the NSIC while she leads all players during the conference season with 5.5 assists per game. Sheley and Senske also average at least 10.0 points per game, Sheley at 11.5 and Senske at 11.2.

1,000 Point Watch (Career Totals)

  • Aimee Pelzer – 1,019 points
  • Tatum Sheley - 1,016 points
  • Sierra Senske - 961 points
  • Hanna Zerr - 843 points

Scouting Wayne State

  • The Wildcats split their last weekend of action to rank fifth in the NSIC South Division standings with a 15-6 record overall and a 10-6 mark in conference play. Wayne State opened last weekend with a 75-63 win at St. Cloud State University before a 64-52 loss at University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Junior center Paige Ballinger averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Ballinger had 21 points and six rebounds during the win against the Huskies. She finished the game against the Bulldogs with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Ballinger went 10-for-10 from at the foul line versus UMD and went 15-for-17 over both games.

Scouting Augustana

  • Augustana went 1-1 on the weekend with a 77-63 win at Minnesota Duluth and a 74-70 loss at St. Cloud State to rank third in the NSIC South Division standings. The Vikings enter this weekend with a 16-7 record overall and an 11-5 mark in the NSIC. Augustana’s loss to St. Cloud State snapped a four-game winning streak. The Vikings are now 6-3 in true road games this season and finished 5-3 during the month of January.
  • Shelby Selland earned her first career double-double with a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds over the weekend while Logan O’Farrell recorded her eighth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Allie Koehn scored a season-high 14 points against Minnesota Duluth.

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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).