Women’s Basketball closes out regular season Feb. 19-20 at Minnesota Crookston

Women’s Basketball closes out regular season Feb. 19-20 at Minnesota Crookston
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Women’s Basketball closes out regular season Feb. 19-20 at Minnesota Crookston

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball travels to face the University of Minnesota Crookston for its final weekend of the regular season Feb. 19-20 in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers and Golden Eagles begin the weekend at 5:30 p.m. Friday followed by the regular season finale at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lysaker Gymnasium.

The Series vs. UMC

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minnesota Crookston, 24-22.
  • The Beavers swept the Golden Eagles during the 2019-20 season series, winning both games by 22 points.
  • In six career games against UMC, senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann has averaged 14.8 points per game.
  • The series first began Jan. 6, 1996, a 101-56 win by BSU in Bemidji, Minn. That game stands as the most points scored by BSU in the series and the largest margin of victory in the series.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State’s first losing streak of the season was extended following a weekend sweep at No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers opened the series with a 68-58 loss Friday night followed by a 73-62 loss Saturday.
  • In Friday’s game, The Beavers and Bulldogs both shot 40.0 percent from the floor while BSU converted three more 3-pointers than UMD. Bemidji State had fewer offensive opportunities, though, as Minnesota Duluth won the rebound margin, 37-31, and forced 14 BSU turnovers.
  • On Saturday, Bemidji State finished 33.3 percent shooting from the floor compared to 49.1 percent for Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers were able to win the rebound margin, 38-33, but were outscored in the paint, 40-30. BSU overcame a 12-point deficit to tie the game at 50-50 with 3:33 to play in the third quarter. The Bulldogs closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and forced the Beavers to miss their first seven field goal attempts to start the fourth.
  • Despite the losses, BSU continues to find success defensively while not allowing an opponent to shoot over 50 percent through the season.
  • Sophomore center Rachael Heittola led BSU with 13.5 points per game and added 7.0 rebounds per contest. She recorded 12 points in Friday’s loss followed by 15 points on Saturday, and finished the weekend 11-of-12 from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore center Rachael Heittola ranks fourth in the NSIC in field goal percentage (.481), 8th in rebounds per game (6.8), 18th in blocks per game (0.8) and 19th in points per game (13.1).
  • Bachmann scored 10.5 points per game and recorded 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. She totaled at least four assists in both games and now has at least four in five of the last seven games.
  • Bachmann ranks 6th in the NSIC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), 6th in assists per game (3.8), 15th in rebounds per game (6.2) and 21st in points per game (12.8).
  • Junior guard Trinity Myer averaged 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game over the weekend, including eight rebounds in each game.
  • Senior center Taylor Bray came off the bench to average 9.0 points per game, including 12 points with nine rebounds on Saturday.
  • BSU ranks 11th in the NSIC with 65.4 points per game and fifth with 63.2 points allowed per game. The Beavers are third in the conference and 51st in the nation in field goal percentage (42.3), seventh in the conference and 70th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (38.4), third in the league and 35th nationally in 3-point field goal defense (27.6), and fourth in the NSIC and 32nd nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (35.5).
  • Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, BSU currently sits fourth in the NSIC North Division standings and has clinched a spot to the NSIC Tournament held in Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 25-28. This will be BSU’s first trip to the Pentagon for the tournament since the 2018-19 season when defeating Concordia University-St. Paul as an 8-seed.

Scouting UMC

  • Minnesota Crookston enters the weekend 3-11 overall and 3-9 in conference play. UMC is also facing a four-game losing streak and most recently fell to St. Cloud State University, 59-49 on Feb. 12 and 72-55 on Feb. 13 in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Head Coach Mike Roysland enters his 14th season with the program in 2020-21 with an overall record of 191-265 with the Golden Eagles.
  • Freshman guard Jes Mertens leads the Golden Eagles with 10.8 points per game and leads the NSIC with 3.2 steals per game. She also ranks fifth in free-throw percentage at .868. Junior center Bren Fox ranks 25th in the conference with 5.4 rebounds per game.
  • The Golden Eagles rank 15th in the NSIC in scoring offense at 56.0 points per game and ninth in scoring defense with 68.9 points allowed per game. UMC ranks last in the league in rebounds per game at 29.1 and 12th in rebounds allowed per game at 41.1.

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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).

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