Beaver Fever Friday – Taylor Bray – Womens Basketball

Bemidji State University women’s basketball welcomes in Upper Iowa University and Winona State University for the final games of the 2017 calendar year, Dec. 30-31 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers tip-off the 21st all-time meeting against the Peacocks at 1:30 p.m. Saturday followed by the 79th all-time matchup between the Beavers and Warriors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Upper Iowa, 14-6. Despite the Beavers taking seven of the last 10 meetings, both teams have traded wins over the past six matchups. The Peacocks won last season’s lone meeting, also on Dec. 30, 65-60 in Fayette, Iowa.

Senior center Sierra Senske led BSU in scoring last season against UIU with 12 points and also led with seven rebounds. Senior forward Sam Adamich set a previous career-high scoring mark against the Peacocks last season, putting up 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.

Bemidji State also holds the all-time record lead over Winona State, 43-35, in the series that began in 1973. Although the Beavers lead the all-time series, the Warriors have won the last seven meetings between the two programs, including a 76-66 final last season.

Adamich topped her previous career-high mark of 11 points with 12 on 5-of-11 shooting against the Warriors last season. Senske also reached double-figure scoring again with 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

BSU took the first season series meeting against University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday, Dec. 16 prior to taking the team’s holiday break. The Beavers were able to take down the Golden Eagles, 76-64, in Bemidji, Minn., for their second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season.

The Beavers shot 43.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from long range and 89.5 percent from the free throw line while also outscoring the Golden Eagles’ bench, 29-10, in the win.

BSU has now won two of five conference games, the earliest it has taken to reach that mark since the 2012-13 season.