BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team continues its long-running tradition of playing Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University Feb. 10-11. The Beavers (6-16, 3-15 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) first play the No. 16 Dragons (19-3, 16-2 NSIC) at 6 p.m. in Moorhead, Minn., before the regular season finale against the Wolves (16-6, 12-6 NSIC) at 4 p.m. in Aberdeen, S.D.
The Series vs. MSU Moorhead
- Bemidji State continues the longest series in program history against MSU Moorhead, led by MSUM, 64-39. The Beavers won five of the first nine games of the series that began in 1967. The last BSU win came Dec. 2, 2011, 75-68, in Moorhead, Minn. MSUM has won 10 straight games against BSU, including a 102-50 victory in Bemidji, Minn., Dec. 10.
- Senior guard Tatum Sheley led BSU with 17 points and four 3-pointers, finishing the game 6-for-15 from the field. Junior center Sierra Senske followed with 12 points and added five rebounds. Junior forward Sam Adamich tied Senske with a team-high five boards.
The Series vs. Northern State
- Bemidji State and Northern State meet for the 65th time in the series, led by NSU, 54-10. BSU won four of the first five games that began Jan. 24, 1986. The last Beavers win came Jan. 26, 2013, 64-57, in Bemidji. The Wolves have won the last seven meetings, including an 81-71 victory in Bemidji Dec. 9.
- Sheley scored a career-high 30 points in the first meeting versus Northern State on 9-for-16 shooting from the field with four 3-pointers. She also tied freshman guard Erica Gartner with a team-high five rebounds. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer followed Sheley with 14 points and four assists while senior guard Hanna Zerr totaled 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State opened its previous weekend of action with a 70-65 loss at Wayne State College followed by an 86-61 loss at Augustana University. The Beavers enter the weekend seventh in the NSIC North Division standings and tied for 13th overall in the league.
- Wayne State got off to a hot start with six 3-pointers in the first quarter to head to the second with a 26-9 advantage on the scoreboard. It was a rebound and drive by senior guard Allison Cordes that helped begin BSU’s hot second quarter. She finished an and-one opportunity off her own defensive rebound to spark a 20-6 run over the final 6:49 of the quarter. Sheley tied the game for the first time right out of halftime but a 9-0 run helped keep WSC ahead the rest of the game.
- Sheley finished with a team-high 20 points for her fourth game of the season reaching the 20-point mark. She also recorded her second career double-double with a career-high 10 rebounds. Pelzer followed close behind with 19 points, finishing one point shy of her third consecutive game with at least 20 points and eighth overall during the season. Pelzer also continued to distribute the ball as the league’s best assist-machine in conference play with five.
- The Beavers outshot the Wildcats from the field, 41.5 percent to 38.0, but gave up a season-high 24 free throws to WSC. It was just the second loss all season for BSU while outshooting its opponent from the floor. Bemidji State also fell for just the third time while outrebounding its opponent after beating Wayne State on the boards, 38-36.
- Bemidji State faced another tough battle after trailing Augustana, 27-15, heading into the second quarter. The Vikings continued to shoot above their average season mark to increase the lead following halftime.
- Senske led all Beavers with 12 points and six rebounds, bringing herself within 18 points of 1,000 in her career. She went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and also recorded one block. Pelzer was the only other Beaver with double-digit scoring at 11 points while she also dished out five assists. She has totaled at least five assists in six of the last seven games and eight of the last 10.
- Augustana outshot Bemidji State from the floor, 50.0 percent to 35.6, and from beyond the arc, 40.6 percent to 26.3. The Beavers created 13 assists off 21 total field goals.
- Pelzer leads the Beavers with 15.9 points and 5.2 assists per game. Her scoring efforts rank her fifth in the NSIC while she leads all players during the conference season with 5.4 assists per game. Sheley and Senske also average at least 10.0 points per game, Sheley at 11.6 and Senske at 11.1.
1,000 Point Watch (Career Totals)
- Aimee Pelzer - 1,049 points
- Tatum Sheley - 1,042 points
- Sierra Senske - 982 points
Scouting No. 16 MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead leads the NSIC by two games with four remaining after sweeping Winona State University and Upper Iowa University at home last weekend. The Dragons beat the No. 20 Warriors, 70-66, in overtime Friday, erasing a 15-point first-half deficit during the victory. MSUM followed with a 69-66 win over UIU Saturday. The Dragons clinched a share of the NSIC North Division title for the second consecutive season with the win over the Peacocks. MSUM enters this weekend ranked in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll for the fifth straight week.
- Sophomore guard Jacky Volkert averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while junior forward Drew Sannes averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game over the weekend. Junior forward Cassidy Thorson scored 20 points and hit six 3-pointers against UIU. Junior forward Shannon Galegher and freshman forward Megan Hintz each recorded 10 points against Winona State.
Scouting Northern State
- Northern State tallied a split at home, defeating Upper Iowa 85-62 before falling to No. 20 Winona State 62-52. As a unit, NSU shot 46.8 percent from the floor, 30.0 percent from the 3-point arc and 63.1 percent from the charity stripe against the two opponents. Northern State combined for 74 rebounds, 36 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks.
- Paige Waytashek scored a career-high 21 points against the Peacocks and recorded a career-high five steals against the Warriors. Junior Miranda Ristau averaged 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, including a double-double of 12 points and a career-high 17 boards versus UIU.
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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).