BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hits the road Jan. 17-18 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional weekend at Upper Iowa University and Winona State University. The Beavers open the weekend Friday at 5:30 p.m. against the Peacocks in Fayette, Iowa before closing Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Warriors in Winona, Minn.
vs Upper Iowa
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series versus Upper Iowa, 16-6.
- BSU is on the first winning streak in the series since the 2011-12 season. Over the last two seasons, the Beavers have beaten the Peacocks by an average margin of 8.5 points per game.
- Bemidji State won the 2019-20 matchup, 65-56, on Jan. 18, 2019 in Bemidji, Minn.
- Junior center Taylor Bray scored a team-high 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three rebounds and one block. Her 16 points is tied for the third-most she’s scored in a game in 62 games at BSU. Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe scored a season and career-high, prior to 2019-20, 13 points with three 3-pointers and three rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
- The series began in 2004, a 73-56 win by Bemidji State. The Beavers began the series with seven wins over the first eight games and 12 of the first 15.
vs Winona State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series versus Winona State, 44-36.
- WSU was on an eight-game winning streak before BSU took a 61-57 win at home Jan. 19, 2019. The last time BSU took consecutive wins in the series came during a three-game winning streak, Feb. 26, 2005 through Feb. 25, 2006.
- Wolhowe led BSU in scoring with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench for her second and final double-digit performance of 2018-19. She hit three 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. Bray and junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann each followed Wolhowe with seven points in the starting lineup.
- The series began in 1973, a 41-37 win by Bemidji State.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State is on its longest losing streak of the season at four games after being swept at home to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 63-56, and Northern State University, 81-71.
- The Beavers opened the weekend with their third-lowest shooting performance of the conference season after making 37.5 percent (18-48) from the field. BSU took a 28-26 lead into halftime but allowed MSUM to outscore it 22-13 in the third quarter. Despite trailing by seven points heading into the fourth, Bemidji State pulled within one point with 3:46 to play but made just one field goal over the remainder of the game.
- For just the third time this season, BSU’s opponent shot over 50 percent from the field while the Beavers move to 0-3 in such games. The Wolves went on an 11-4 run heading into the fourth quarter before sealing the game with a 7-2 run over the final five minutes.
- Sophomore guard Trinity Myer led BSU with 15.5 points per game, including a career-high 25 points versus the Wolves. Myer’s 25 points is the most scored by a Beaver this season and the most scored since Jan. 27, 2017. Myer added eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and one block against NSU. Wolhowe averaged 10 points per game over the weekend after hitting three 3-pointers in each game.
- Bemidji State ranks third in the NSIC and 33rd nationally in fewest turnovers with 195. BSU ranks third in the conference with a .288 3-point field goal percentage defense and fourth with a .383 field goal percentage defense.
- Myer ranks 14th in the NSIC with 13.6 points per game, fifth shooting 47.7 percent from the field, fifth with 4.0 assists per game, and 17th with 5.9 rebounds per game.
- Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe leads the conference and ranks ninth in the nation shooting 46.9 percent from 3-point range.
Scouting Upper Iowa
- Upper Iowa is on a six-game conference losing streak after being swept at home by Augustana University, 69-50, and Wayne State College, 78-55.
- The Peacocks rank fifth in the league with a .297 3-point field goal percentage defense but are at the bottom in points per game, field goal percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and rebounds per game defense.
- Freshman guard Jessica Musgrave ranks seventh in the conference shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 13th with 13.8 points per game and 24th with 5.5 rebounds per game.
Scouting Winona State
- Winona State moved to 10-4 overall and 6-4 in the NSIC after a weekend split at home last week. WSU opened its games with an 83-75 win over Wayne State and closed with a 68-51 loss to Augustana.
- WSU ranks among the top half of the conference with 72.7 points per game and 38.2 rebounds per game. The Peacocks rank two spots behind the Beavers shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc.
- Junior forward Taylor Hustad leads the conference with 9.6 rebounds per game and shooting 58.2 percent from the field, and ranks 11th with 14.0 points per game. Junior guard Emily Kieck leads the league with 4.8 assists per game and ranks sixth with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 and eighth with 1.6 steals 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).