Women’s Basketball closes out season series versus MSUM, NSU

Women’s Basketball closes out season series versus MSUM, NSU
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Women’s Basketball closes out season series versus MSUM, NSU

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball will host Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University to close out their regular season series Jan. 10-11 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers open the weekend at 5:30 p.m. on Friday against the Dragons before playing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday against the Wolves.

The Series
vs. MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 70-39.
  • MSUM has won 16 straight games against BSU, dating back to Feb. 11, 2012. BSU’s most recent win came Dec. 2, 2011, a 75-68 victory.
  • The Dragons won the first meeting of the 2019-20 season, 86-57, while ranked 22nd in the WBCA Top 25 Poll.
  • Four Beavers scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Trinity Myer with 12 points. She went 8-of-12 from the free throw line and was followed in scoring by sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe who went 4-of-8 from the field. Juniors Taylor Bray and Sydney Zerr scored 10 points each, which is a season high for Zerr in 2019-20.
  • The series began in 1968, a 36-35 win by MSU Moorhead. The series is the longest between Bemidji State and any other opponent at 109 games.

vs. Northern State

  • Northern State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 60-10.
  • NSU has won 13 straight games against BSU, dating back to Dec. 14, 2013. BSU’s most recent win came Jan. 26, 2013, a 64-57 decision.
  • The Wolves took the first meeting of the 2019-20 season series, 68-56, in Aberdeen, S.D.
  • Myer opened the Dec. 6 weekend with a career-high 23 points against the Wolves for her third career 20-point game. She went 9-of-16 from the field with six rebounds and a career-high four steals. Freshman center Rachael Heittola recorded a career-high 14 points off the bench while going 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. She also pulled down five rebounds in 17 minutes of court time.
  • The series began Jan. 24, 1986, a 77-74 win by Northern State.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State saw its winning streak snapped after a weekend sweep at (RV) University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State.
  • BSU opened its weekend with its worst shooting performance of the season, shooting 29.1 percent from the field, with a season-low one 3-pointer made against UMD. The Beavers outrebounded the Bulldogs, 41-36, including 12 offensive rebounds, which is the second most for the team this season.
  • Bemidji State led for 20 of the first 30 minutes against St. Cloud State before the Huskies went on a 12-4 run into the beginning of the fourth quarter. After holding a 44-43 lead at the start of the final period, BSU went cold from the field on 1-of-6 shooting with six turnovers that led to a 53-47 deficit with 2:50 to play. BSU was outscored 22-9 in the final quarter.
  • Sophomore guard Trinity Myer led BSU with 10 points per game, including a team-high 14 Saturday against SCSU. Freshman center Rachael Heittola followed with 8.5 points per game off the bench with 11 coming against the Huskies. She led the team in rebounding both games with six against UMD and seven against SCSU.
  • Bemidji State ranks second in the NSIC 45th nationally with a .274 3-point percentage defense. BSU also ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage defense at .375. Bemidji State trails only MSU Moorhead in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point percentage defense. The Beavers are allowing their opponents to score 62.7 points per game to rank fifth in the league.
  • Myer ranks 13th in the NSIC with 13.3 points per game, fourth shooting 49.2 percent from the field, fifth with 3.8 assists per game, and 20th with 5.9 rebounds per game.
  • Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe leads the conference and ranks 35th in the nation shooting 43.6 percent from 3-point range.

Scouting MSU Moorhead

  • Minnesota Crookston earned its first win in conference play with a weekend split against Augustana and Wayne State. UMC opened last weekend with a 63-54 loss to AU before taking a 66-65 win from WSC at home.
  • The Golden Eagles struggle among conference teams in scoring and shooting both offensively and defensively. UMC ranks last with 72.9 points allowed per game, 43.2 percent field goal defense and 38.3 percent 3-point field goal defense. Minnesota Crookston also ranks near the bottom offensively at 14th in both field goal percentage (.364) and 3-point field goal percentage (.282), while coming in 15th with 59.0 points per game.
  • Sophomore center Bren Fox leads the team with 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, including ranking eighth in the NSIC on the boards. Fox also ranks 11th in the league with 0.9 blocks per game. Junior guard Abby Guidinger follows Fox with 8.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Scouting Northern State

  • Northern State earned a weekend sweep with wins of 77-59 over Upper Iowa and 69-49 over Winona State to enter the weekend 9-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
  • NSU is tied with MSUM for a league-best 31.1 rebounds allowed per game and rank second shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Wolves rank 12th in the conference with 66.4 points per game but rank sixth with 62.9 points allowed per game.
  • Senior guard Brianna Kusler was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week after recording 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. She scored 16 points with seven assists and five rebounds in the win over 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).