Bemidji State ready for NSIC Quarterfinal versus Concordia-St. Paul

Bemidji State ready for NSIC Quarterfinal versus Concordia-St. Paul
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Bemidji State ready for NSIC Quarterfinal versus Concordia-St. Paul

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball continues its 2020-21 season with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Concordia University-St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 26 at The Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers and Golden Bears will play at 10 a.m. with the winner advancing to play in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The Series vs. CSP

  • Concordia-St. Paul leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 32-13.
  • CSP won the most recent meeting against BSU, 75-61, after the Beavers upset the Golden Bears, 73-70, to open the 2018-19 NSIC Tournament on Feb. 27, 2019.
  • The series first began in 1978, a 77-64 win by Bemidji State.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State closed out its 2020-21 regular season with a road sweep over the University of Minnesota Crookston on Feb. 19-20. The Beavers edged by the Golden Eagles Friday, 79-77, before pulling away Saturday in a 79-65 victory.
  • In Friday’s game, the Beavers out-battled the Golden Eagles in the paint, 42-24, but allowed UMC to score 15 points off 18 BSU turnovers. Minnesota Crookston also knocked down eight 3-pointers to four for Bemidji State to keep the game close until the end. Ultimately, BSU won the rebound margin, 37-30, and outshot UMC, 47.3%-44.8%.
  • On Saturday, Bemidji State’s 54.2 percent shooting tied for the best by the team this season. The Beavers also knocked down 10 3-pointers, including six in the first half. BSU moved the ball well offensively with 18 assists, also a season-high, and took advantage of 15 UMC turnovers for 16 points.
  • Sophomore center Rachael Heittola was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 19.5 points per game, on 70 percent shooting, and 9.5 rebounds per contest. She opened the weekend with her second double-double of the season of 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting. Heittola followed up with 14 points on 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line on Saturday.
  • Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann scored 13.0 points per game with 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.
  • Junior guard Trinity Myer led BSU in scoring and assists in Saturday’s win with 18 points and seven assists.
  • Junior guard Coley Rezabek came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points on Friday, including shooting 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, with four rebounds and one assist.
  • Two Beavers were named to the 2020-21 NSIC All-Conference Team in Heittola and Bachmann. Heittola was selected to the All-NSIC First Team, becoming just the second Beaver to be named first team since 2008, while Bachmann was named to the All-NSIC Second Team. This is the first time two Beavers were named to the All-NSIC Team since 2014 (Morgan Lee and Kate Warmack; Second Team).
  • Head Coach Chelsea DeVille earned NSIC North Division Coach of the Year, becoming the first BSU coach to earn the honor since 2004 (Mike Power).
  • BSU clinched its first overall winning season with a 9-5 record and its first conference winning season with an 8-4 mark since 1995-96. The Beavers’ eight conference victories are the most for the program since the 2007-08 season. During the regular season, BSU went on a seven-game winning streak between Jan. 3-30 for its longest such streak in a season since 1987-88.
  • BSU ranks 10th in the NSIC with 67.4 points per game and sixth with 64.4 points allowed per game. The Beavers are second in the conference and 36th in the nation in field goal percentage (43.4) and fourth in the NSIC and 30th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (35.3).

Scouting CSP

  • Concordia-St. Paul finished its regular season 11-5 overall and 9-5 in conference play. CSP took a split Feb. 19-20 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, opening its weekend with an 89-63 loss followed by a 99-93 win on Saturday.
  • Head Coach Amanda Johnson is in her sixth season with the program with an overall record of 102-80, including serving as interim coach in 2014-15.
  • Senior guard Riley Wheatcraft leads the team and ranks 17th in the NSIC with 13.6 points per game and ranks sixth with 2.0 3-point field goals per game. Junior guard Meghan DuBois ranks fourth in the league with 3.8 assists per game while freshman forward Lindsey Becher ranks second with 2.89 blocks per game.
  • The Golden Bears rank third in the NSIC in scoring offense at 72.8 points per game and fifth in scoring defense with 63.9 points allowed per game. CSP ranks third in the conference shooting 42.9 percent from the field and leads shooting 37.0 percent from 3-point range.

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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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