BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University begins a four-game road trip against the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division, beginning Jan. 14 at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Jan. 15 at Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers and Mavericks open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. in Mankato, Minn., followed by a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against the Golden Bears in St. Paul, Minn.
The Series vs. Minnesota State
- Minnesota State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 35-15.
- The Beavers and Mavericks last met Jan. 3, 2021, an 82-76 win in overtime by BSU in Bemidji.
- BSU and MSU split the 2019-20 season series during the season-opening weekend.
- MSU leads the series when played in Mankato, 16-4.
- Bemidji State and Minnesota State first met in 1976, a 48-41 win by BSU.
The Series vs. Concordia-St. Paul
- Concordia-St. Paul leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 32-14.
- The Beavers and Golden Bears last met Feb. 26, 2021, a 71-70 win by BSU in Sioux Falls, S.D., during the first round of the 2021 NSIC Tournament.
- After winning just one game in the series between Feb. 3, 2007 and Feb. 8, 2019, BSU has won two of the last three meetings against CSP.
- The Golden Bears lead the series when played in St. Paul, 14-5.
- Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul first met in 1978, a 77-64 win by BSU.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU played just one game last weekend as COVID protocols within the Upper Iowa University program led to a cancellation of Saturday’s game. Bemidji State took down Winona State University, 75-60, on Friday, Jan. 7 at BSU Gymnasium. The 15-point win was the largest for the Beavers over the Warriors since a 17-point victory in 2006.
- Both teams traded leads five times during the first quarter before a 14-14 tie to head into the second. After scoring BSU’s first two baskets of the game, senior guard Trinity Yoder added an and-one for the team’s first score of the second quarter. The Beavers would not trail the rest of the way and outscored the Warriors, 12-3, over the final 5:15 of the first half. Bemidji State’s lead was extended to double figures after a 7-2 run to start the third quarter. Just over one minute later, BSU took advantage of a WSU turnover for a 3-pointer from Zerr to spark an 18-6 run. The run pushed BSU’s lead to a game-high 22 points, 59-37.
- The Beavers shot 43 percent from the floor (25-58), 32 percent from beyond the arc (8-25) and 65 percent from the free throw line (17-26) and limited the Warriors to 37 percent shooting overall (21-57) and 20 percent from 3-point range (3-15). Although the Warriors had just three more turnovers than the Beavers, BSU turned WSU’s turnovers into 17 points compared to allowing just three points off turnovers.
- Yoder scored nine of her team-high 22 points in the second quarter to help BSU pull away after the first-quarter tie. She finished the game shooting 8-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line and added a team-high six assists. Yoder has now led BSU in assists in 10 games this season and 50 times during her career.
- Sophomore center Rachael Heittola came two rebounds shy of a double-double with 14 points and eight rebounds while senior guard Sydney Zerr added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Freshman forward Jana Swanson came off the bench to tally six rebounds for the Beavers.
- Guards Sydney Zerr and Maddie Schires each rank among the top 25 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage.
Scouting Minnesota State
- The Mavericks are led by 10th-year head coach Emilee Thiesse who is 160-102 with the program.
- MSU (11-3, 7-3 NSIC) is facing a three-game losing streak after starting the season with 11 straight victories. Minnesota State opened the 2022 calendar year with an 85-83 loss to Concordia-St. Paul before losses of 61-52 at the University of Minnesota Duluth and 66-52 at (RV) St. Cloud State University.
- Minnesota State leads the NSIC in scoring offense (79.8), turnover margin (9.29) and steals per game, and ranks fourth in rebounding offense (39.8), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.318), eighth in field goal percentage defense (.391), ninth in field goal percentage (.413) and 14th in scoring defense (67.7).
- Sophomore guard Joey Batt leads the Mavericks and ranks third in the league scoring 17.0 points per game. She also ranks second in the NSIC with 2.9 steals per game and third with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- The Golden Bears are led by seventh-year head coach Amanda Johnson who is 98-69 with the program.
- CSP (10-4, 6-4 NSIC) fell in back-to-back games for the first time this season following losses of 73-69 at St. Cloud State University on Jan. 7 and 86-42 at Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 8.
- The Golden Bears rank second in the NSIC in rebounding (40.4), third in field goal percentage defense (.369), fourth in scoring offense (71.1), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.94), eighth in field goal percentage (.414), 12th in scoring defense (66.4) and 14th in rebounding defense (38.9).
- Senior guard Riley Wheatcraft and junior guard Meghan DuBois rank among the top 20 in the NSIC in scoring with 12.6 points per game and 12.4 points per game, respectively. DuBois leads the NSIC with 5.4 assists per game while Sophomore forward Sydney Zgutowicz ranks third with 8.1 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).