BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball travels to Florida Nov. 26-27 to take on the University of Sciences and Southeastern University as part of the SEU Thanksgiving Tournament. The Beavers tip-off against the Devils and Fire at 4 p.m. both days at The Furnace in Lakeland, Fla.
The Series vs. USciences
- Bemidji State and USciences have never met.
The Series vs. Southeastern
- Bemidji State and Southeastern (Fla.) have never met.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State began its 2021-22 season 2-0 after wins of 79-51 over Mayville State University and 79-46 over Valley City State University.
- The majority of BSU’s points came from the lane, averaging 45.0 points in the paint over the first two games.
- Sophomore center Rachael Heittola leads BSU with 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, including a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds in the season opener against Mayville State.
- Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann became the 21st student-athlete in program history to reach 1,000 career points after scoring six points against VCSU. Bachmann is second on BSU with seven field goals made this season. She is 11 rebounds away from reaching 500 in her career.
- Senior guard Trinity Yoder is the only other Beaver in double-digit scoring, averaging 10.0 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field.
- Junior guard Maddie Schires leads the team with four 3-pointers and averages 9.5 points per game. She is shooting 36.4 percent from the field while senior forward Claire Wolhowe leads the team shooting 75.0 percent from beyond the arc.
- Freshman forward Jana Swanson is 5-of-6 shooting from the field to start the season, including a 4-for-4 performance in BSU’s win over VCSU.
- Bemidji State also won an exhibition against the University of Minnesota-Morris, 77-58, Nov. 20 in Bemidji. Heittola led the Beavers with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in 13 minutes of play. Junior guard Coley Rezabek followed in scoring with 11 points while freshman forward Jana Swanson led the team with 12 rebounds.
- Bemidji State has played two tournaments in Florida through program history (12/15-17/1990 and 11/25-26/2011).
- Bemidji State enters the weekend leading the conference allowing 48.5 points per game, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, allowing 27.2 percent from the field, grabbing 50.0 rebounds per game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.23.
- The Beavers rank second scoring 79.0 points per game, fourth with a turnover margin of 3.50 and 14th allowing 40.5 rebounds per game.
- The Devils are led by eighth-year head coach Jackie Hartzell who has totaled a 167-52 record with USciences.
- USciences began the season 3-0 with three wins of at least nine points, including a 73-64 win at Florida Tech during its most recent outing.
- The Devils average 63.7 points per game, allow 50.7 points per game, shoot 41.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and pull down 34.0 rebounds per game.
- USciences is led in scoring by graduate-senior Jess Huber with 19.0 points per game after being named the Co-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week. She is shooting 43.5 percent from the floor while senior guard Kendall Keyes is scoring 13.0 points per game.
- The Fire are led by sixth-year head coach Tim Hays who has totaled a record of 150-12 leading SEU.
- While Saturday’s contest will count towards BSU’s overall record, the game is considered an exhibition for SEU.
- Southeastern’s season began Oct. 21 while the Fire won during its most recent game, 124-41, at Thomas University as a part of conference play.
- The Fire average 83.4 points per game and allow 61.8 points, shoot 49.6 percent from the floor and allow 37.4 percent, shoot 42.3 percent from 3-point range, 76.3 percent from the free throw line and pull down 35.9 rebounds per game.
- Graduate senior Angela Perry leads the team with 19.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
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).