BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team will host Wayne State College and Augustana University Dec. 13-14 at BSU Gymnasium for its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home games. The Beavers open the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Friday against the Wildcats before a 3:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday against the Vikings.
vs. Wayne State
- Wayne State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 33-14.
- WSC has won four straight games against BSU, including an 85-71 decision last season in Wayne, Neb.
- The most recent Bemidji State win came Dec. 12, 2015, 68-65, in Wayne.
- Last season, junior center Taylor Bray scored a career-high 24 points against WSC, shooting 5-of-6 from the field and 14-of-14 from the free throw line in 20 minutes. Bray’s 14 consecutive free throws without a miss tied a program single-game record. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer scored in double-digits for the first time in her career with 11 points against WSC, also going perfect from the free throw line on six attempts.
- The series began Feb. 6, 1993, a 92-91 win by Bemidji State.
- Augustana leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 17-2.
- The Vikings have won eight straight games against the Beavers, including a 97-48 victory last season in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- The most recent BSU win came Jan. 8, 2011, a 79-78 decision.
- Senior guard Erica Gartner led BSU with nine points off the bench, scoring all nine points on 3-pointers. As a team, BSU struggled from the field shooting 24.6 percent and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc.
- The series began Dec. 10, 1983, a 77-72 win by Bemidji State in overtime.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State was swept during a road weekend with losses of 68-56 to Northern State University and 86-57 to No. 22 Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers enter the weekend 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.
- Sophomore guard Trinity Myer led BSU with 17.5 points per game over the weekend, including a career-high 23 points Friday against Northern State. Myer shot 47.8 percent from the floor and made 12 free throws to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Freshman center Rachael Heittola scored 11.5 points per game, including 14 off the bench against the Wolves. She went 10-of-11 from the free-throw line and pulled down five rebounds. Four Beavers scored in double-digits against MSUM, including Myer with 12, sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe with 11, and juniors Taylor Bray and Sydney Zerr with 10 points each.
- BSU’s past two games were the first time the team has shot worse than its opponents, while MSUM was the first team to shoot at least 50 percent against BSU.
- Myer ranks third in the NSIC shooting 52.1 percent from the field, ninth with 14.7 points and 12th with 6.7 rebounds per game. Heittola ranks sixth in the league shooting 83.3 percent (20-24) from the free-throw line.
- Bemidji State has shown success defensively while ranking fifth in the conference with 60.6 points allowed per game and third with 36.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Scouting Wayne State
- Wayne State comes off a weekend split of its own following an 86-59 win against Upper Iowa University and a 76-73 loss to Winona State University. The Wildcats opened its conference schedule with back-to-back wins and currently hold a 6-2 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the NSIC.
- The Wildcats are one of the best offensive squads in the conference, ranking second with 78.4 points per game and fourth shooting 44.1 percent from the field. Defensively, WSC ranks 12th in the league allowing 67.4 points per game, ninth with 38.5 percent shooting allowed and ninth with 37.4 rebounds allowed per game.
- Junior forward Erin Norling ranks second in the NSIC with 19.0 points per game followed by junior guard Haley Busse who ranks 16th with 12.9 points per game.
- Augustana enters the weekend 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC after a weekend split, falling 72-64 to Winona State and winning 74-48 over Upper Iowa, at home. The Vikings’ two losses have come by a total of 12 points.
- AU’s 43.1 rebounds per game, third in the NSIC, has helped the team rank fifth in the league with 75.6 points per game. Despite ranking among the top five in the conference, the Vikings rank toward the bottom half shooting 39.9 percent from the field and .317 from 3-point range. On the other side of the court, Augustana ranks second in the NSIC allowing 36.2 percent from the floor and 27.8 percent from beyond the arc.
- Senior guard Abby Hora leads Augustana and ranks 10th in the conference with 14.4 points per game. Hora also ranks second in the league with 2.3 steals per game and seventh shooting 43.0 percent from the field.
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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).