BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball travels East Feb. 7-8 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional matchup against Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers open the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday against the Golden Bears in St. Paul, Minn., followed by the weekend-finale at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against the Mavericks in Mankato, Minn.
vs Concordia-St. Paul
- Concordia-St. Paul leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 31-13.
- The Golden Beavers won five straight against the Beavers until BSU, as a No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament, knocked off No. 1 ranked CSP in St. Paul, Minn. Bemidji State beat Concordia-St. Paul, 73-70, to advance to the NSIC Quarterfinals for their first postseason win since the 2003-04 season.
- Sophomore guard Trinity Myer and junior center Taylor Bray each averaged double-figure scoring, led by Myer with 14.5 points per game in two meetings last season. During BSU’s postseason win, Bray and junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann led the team with 13 points each followed by Myer with 12.
- The two teams first met in 1978, as both teams traded three-game winning streaks to begin the series. BSU’s longest win streak came between 1985-2000, which included six wins.
vs Minnesota State
- Minnesota State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 33-13.
- The Mavericks have won nine straight against the Beavers including a 75-64 victory during last season’s lone meeting in Bemidji, Minn.
- Myer led all returners with 12 points against the Mavericks on 5-of-7 shooting with four assists. Bray added 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
- The series began in 1976 as Bemidji State took a 48-41 victory. After BSU won its second straight to open the series, MSU went on to win 12 straight games.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State’s losing streak was extended to a season-high five games after taking a weekend sweep to No. 15 University of Sioux Falls, 73-64, and Southwest Minnesota State University, 69-58, in Bemidji, Minn., last weekend.
- After trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, BSU pulled to within four by the end of the third quarter after outscoring USF in the third period, 24-11. USF pulled away again by double-figures less than two minutes into the fourth quarter.
- Both teams battled back-and-forth into the third quarter as BSU took its final lead of the night, 39-38, midway through the period. The Beavers allowed four straight points to the Mustangs but could only pull to within one point over the remainder of the game.
- Myer led BSU over the weekend with 16.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game, including a career-high five steals versus USF. Bray averaged 14.5 points per game, including her first career double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds versus the Mustangs.
- Bemidji State ranks fifth in the NSIC and 33rd nationally in fewest turnovers per game with 13.7.
- Myer ranks tied for 11th in the NSIC with 14.0 points per game, sixth shooting 45.5 percent from the field, fourth with 4.0 assists per game and tied for fourth with 1.9 steals per game.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- Concordia-St. Paul took a weekend split after a 62-54 win over Northern State University and a 67-66 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead last weekend.
- The Golden Bears ranks third in the NSIC shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and sixth with 71.4 points per game.
- Junior guard Riley Wheatcraft leads CSP and ranks 11th in the league with 14.0 points per game while junior forward Sidney Wentland ranks 16th in the conference with 12.9 points per game. Junior guard Danielle Schaub and Wheatcraft are tied for sixth in the NSIC with 2.2 3-point field goals per game.
Scouting Minnesota State
- Minnesota State fell to 11-9 overall and 8-8 in the conference after taking a weekend sweep to MSU Moorhead, 66-63, and Northern State, 71-65, on the road.
- The Mavericks rank second in the league with 41.6 rebounds per game and fourth with 74.3 points per game. MSU ranks near the bottom in both offensive and defensive field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
- Sophomore center Kristi Fett leads the team and ranks 19th in the NSIC with 5.9 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Joey Batt ranks fourth in the league shooting 87.7 percent from the free throw line. Batt also leads the team and ranks tied for eighth in the conference with 1.0 assist 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).