BSU to host Minn. Duluth Dec. 2 before trip to face St. Cloud State Dec. 4

BSU to host Minn. Duluth Dec. 2 before trip to face St. Cloud State Dec. 4
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
BSU to host Minn. Duluth Dec. 2 before trip to face St. Cloud State Dec. 4

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball plays host to the University of Minnesota Duluth Thursday, Dec. 2 followed by a road trip to St. Cloud State University Saturday, Dec. 4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-opening weekend. The Beavers and Bulldogs tip-off at 7:30 p.m. from the BSU Gymnasium followed by a 4 p.m. start against the Huskies from Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Series vs. Minn. Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 78-30.
  • The Beavers and Bulldogs last met Feb. 27, 2021 in the NSIC Tournament Semifinal, a 76-67 win by UMD to advance to the NSIC Championship.
  • UMD has won nine straight in the series, dating back to Jan. 7, 2017.
  • Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth first met in 1968, a BSU win.

The Series vs. St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State University leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 45-18.
  • The Beavers and Huskies last met Feb. 6, 2021, a 57-53 win by SCSU in Bemidji.
  • SCSU has won two straight and seven of the last eight games of the series.
  • Bemidji State and St. Cloud State first met in 1969, a BSU win.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • After starting the season 2-0, Bemidji State returned from the Southeastern Thanksgiving Tournament with two losses to the University of Sciences, 57-54, and Southeastern University (Fla.), 81-76.
  • In Friday’s game, sophomore center Rachael Heittola recorded her second double-double of the season as the Beavers nearly made a 13-point comeback against the Devils of USciences. The Beavers opened the game on a 12-0 run while the Devils followed with an 11-0 run to end the quarter. USciences outscored BSU, 16-8, in the second quarter before a game-high, 13-point lead early in the third quarter. The Beavers went on a 16-0 run over a four-minute span to regain a lead, 35-33. The Devils scored seven of the next 10 points to take its final lead of the game.
  • Heittola’s double-double was fueld by a team-high 21 points and 11 rebounds. She went 8-of-9 from the free throw line and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Junior forward Taylor Vold followed Heittola with eight rebounds.
  • BSU shot 35.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line and won the rebounds margin, 36-33. The Devils limited the Beavers to a season-low 18 points in the paint.
  • On Saturday, Bemidji State and Southeastern traded leads 10 times through the first half before SEU pulled away to start the third quarter. The Fire held a lead by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter, but the Beavers scored 20 fourth-quarter points to pull back to within three. Bachmann hit her first 3-pointer of the game to cut the SEU lead to 76-73 with 1:10 to play. Following a basket by SEU, junior guard Maddie Schires sank her fifth 3-pointer of the game to bring BSU within two, 78-76, with 27 seconds to play. Following one free throw by SEU, Schires took the potential game-tying 3-pointer that was off target to close the game.
  • Heittola, Schires and Yoder each led BSU with 15 points while Yoder added nine assists, seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals. All of Schires’ points came by 3-pointers while Bachmann accounted for four assists.
  • BSU shot 42.1 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from long range and 78.3 percent from the free throw line against SEU. The Fire won the rebound margin, 36-27, and the battle in the paint, 48-26.
  • BSU ranks third in the NSIC with 41.0 rebounds per game, fourth with 58.8 points allowed, fifth with a 36.7 field goal defense, sixth with 72.0 points per game, seventh with a 43.2 field goal percent and 12th with 37.5 rebounds allowed per game.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • The Bulldogs are led by seventh-year head coach Mandy Pearson who is 102-62 with the program.
  • Minnesota Duluth (2-3, 0-1 NSIC) most recently took a 60-54 loss to St. Cloud State in Duluth, Minn. The Bulldogs held an eight-point lead at halftime before being outscored by 14 points in the second half.
  • UMD averages 61.0 points per game and allow 60.8 points while shooting 41.2 percent from the field. The Bulldogs hold a -4.0 rebound margin to opponents.
  • Senior forward Brooke Olson leads the Bulldogs with 21.6 points per game, which ranks 11th in the nation and first in the NSIC.

Scouting St. Cloud State

  • The Huskies are led by 14th-year head coach Lori Fish who is 183-142 with the program.
  • SCSU (3-1, 1-0 NSIC) came away with wins of 60-54 over No. 15 Minnesota Duluth on the road and 53-35 over Northern Michigan University at home.
  • The Huskies average 59.3 points and allow 51.5 points per game shooting 37.3 percent from the field. SCSU ranks 22nd in the nation with a 1.15 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Senior forward Nikki Kilboten was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week after averaging 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a pair of wins. She shot .586 (17-of-29) from the floor and 10-of-11 (.909) from the free throw line as part of a double-double in a 60-54 win over #18 Minn. Duluth.

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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).