BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team begins its 2019-20 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season Saturday, Nov. 30 with the first of two season meetings against University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles tip-off at 2 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minn.
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston are tied in the series record at 22-22, dating back to 1996.
- UMC has won seven of the last eight games with BSU’s most recent win coming Dec. 16, 2017 in Bemidji, Minn., 76-64.
- The Golden Eagles swept the 2018-19 season series, winning 70-61 on Dec. 1, 2018 in Crookston, Minn., and 73-63 on Dec. 30, 2018 in Bemidji.
- Junior forward Gabby Dubois averaged 14.0 points per game in two games last season against Minnesota Crookston. She shot 54.5 percent from the field and also led the team with 8.5 rebounds against UMC, including her second career double-double of 19 points, her career-high, and 11 rebounds on Dec. 1, 2018.
- Junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann scored 13.5 points per game last season against UMC, including 18 on Dec. 30, 2018, while junior center Taylor Bray chipped in 11.5 points per game. Bray scored 12 points on Dec. 1 followed by 11 points on Dec. 30.
- The series began Jan. 6, 1996, a 101-56 win by Bemidji State.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State closed its non-conference schedule with a 76-60 win Friday, Nov. 22 against Mayville State University.
- The Beavers pulled away in the third quarter after going into halftime with a 42-34 lead. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer scored seven of her team-high 18 points in the third quarter where BSU outscored MSU, 24-13.
- The scoring duo of Bray and Myer combined to shoot 15-of-23 from the field for 65.2 percent. Bray scored 16 points in the starting lineup to follow Myer and set a career-high with two assists. Senior guard Erica Gartner scored nine points off the bench, all coming from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Coley Rezabek scored a career-high eight points while also coming off the bench.
- Myer led BSU on the boards with six rebounds and tied for the team lead with four assists and two steals.
- Bemidji State’s defense currently ranks fifth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference allowing 55.0 points per game. The Beavers rank third in the conference holding opponents to 33.9 percent from the floor. On the boards, BSU ranks sixth in the league with 40.8 rebounds per game and sixth with a 5.3 rebounding margin.
- Head Coach Chelsea DeVille enters her fifth season with the program after totaling a 27-86 record with the Beavers. Assistant coach Jamie Schultz begins her fourth season with the program while Micheal Poncelet begins his first.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- Minnesota Crookston came away with its first win of the season during its last weekend of action Nov. 15-16 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. UMC opened the road trip with an 83-53 loss to Hawai’i Pacific University before taking a 68-65 win over Chaminade University.
- The Golden Eagles gave away 27 turnovers during its loss to the Sharks on Friday, helping HPU in part to a 14-0 run in the second quarter and a 47-29 lead at halftime.
- UMC held a 12-point lead over CU after the first two baskets of the fourth quarter that was widdled down to just one after a 16-5 run by the Silverswords. The Golden Eagles were able to hold on to the lead for the remainder of the game for its first win of the season.
- UMC is led in scoring on the season by sophomore center Bren Fox with 12.8 points per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Fox also leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per game while playing just 19.3 minutes per contest.
- Minnesota Crookston currently ranks 13th in the conference scoring 63.5 points per game and 16th with 73.3 points allowed per game. The majority of the Golden Eagles’ scoring comes from within the 3-point line while ranking 15th shooting 27.9 percent. UMC comes in third in rebounds per game with 41.5 while ranking fourth with 31.5 rebounds allowed per game.
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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).