BEMIDJI, Minn. --Bemidji State University women’s basketball returns from a week off to host Minnesota State University Moorhead for a doubleheader Friday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The Beavers and Dragons continue their 53-year history with the 111th and 112th installments of the series at BSU Gymnasium.
The Series vs. MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 71-39.
- The Dragons swept the Beavers during the 2019-20 season series, opening with an 86-57 win on Dec. 7, 2019 in Moorhead, Minn., and closing with a 63-56 win on Jan. 10, 2020 in Bemidji.
- Sophomore center Rachael Heittola averaged 10.5 points per game against the Dragons last year while coming off the bench. Junior forward Claire Wolhowe scored 10.0 points per game with three 3-pointers in each game while guards Trinity Myer and Sydney Zerr each scored 9.0 points per game.
- MSU Moorhead has won 17 straight games in the series dating back to 2011-12.
series began in 1968, a 32-30 win by MSU Moorhead.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State returns to action Jan. 15-16 with its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games against MSU Moorhead.
- BSU returns to play after a weekend off and a 1-1 split to open the season Jan. 2-3 at home versus Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers narrowly fell in their season-opener, 63-62, before returning with an 82-76 win in overtime.
- Bemidji State snapped an 11-game losing streak to Minnesota State with Sunday’s win.
- The Beavers shot 45.9 percent from the field, 15.4 percent from 3-point range, and 75.8 percent from the free throw line over the weekend series versus the Mavericks. In BSU’s win, the Beavers outshot the Mavericks and won the rebound margin, 53-38, which is the most rebounds for BSU in a game since Dec. 3, 2016.
- Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week following the series against Minnesota State, becoming BSU’s second student-athlete to earn the honor over the past four seasons. She recorded her third career double-double in BSU’s win with 19 points and 12 rebounds and neared a double-double on Saturday with 16 points and nine rebounds. On the weekend, Bachmann averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 56.3 percent from the field. She also recorded BSU’s second-most free throws made without a miss in a game after going 12-of-12 in Sunday’s win.
- Sophomore center Rachael Heittola opened BSU’s weekend with 20 points, on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, with five rebounds, one assist, and one block. She also made her only field goal attempt and added six rebounds in Sunday’s win.
- Junior guard Trinity Myer led BSU in scoring during the team’s win with 23 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-14 from the free throw line. She also tallied eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
- Junior forward Taylor Vold came off the bench to record 11 points and eight rebounds in Sunday’s win.
- The Beavers are 1-4 in conference-opening games under Head Coach Chelsea DeVille with the only win coming last season over the University of Minnesota Crookston, 72-50, in Crookston, Minn.
- BSU leads the nation with 37.5
defensive rebounds per game, including 45 on Sunday versus MSU. The Beavers
also rank seventh in the nation in 3-point field goal defense after holding the
Mavericks to 20.6 percent from behind the arc.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead is on a three-game winning streak after sweeping Minnesota Crookston, 77-67 on Jan. 8 and 83-64 on Jan. 9, in Moorhead, Minn.
- Head Coach Karla Nelson enters her 21st season with the program in 2020-21 with an overall record of 369-208, including two NCAA Tournament appearances during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. She has led the Dragons to 19 straight winning seasons and is a four-time NSIC Coach of the Year.
Junior center Peyton Boom led
MSUM last weekend versus UMC after averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per
game. She scored a career-high 27 points on 12 field goals with nine rebounds
in Saturday’s win and recorded 15 points and nine rebounds in Friday’s win.
Boom ranks 7th in the NSIC shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 8th with 7.3
rebounds per game, and 12th with 15.8 points per game.
- The Dragons rank fourth nationally and lead the NSIC with a rebound margin of 13.8, and rank 18th in the nation and second in the league with 15.2 offensive rebounds 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).