The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team finishes up a five-game road trip with a 6 p.m. tip-off Tuesday at University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles wrap up the season series from Lysaker Gymnasium.
Bemidji State took the first meeting of the 2017-18 season, 76-64, Dec. 16 in Bemidji, Minn. The win snapped a four-game losing skid to UMC. The Beavers and Golden Eagles have played each other every season since the series-opener Jan. 6, 1996. BSU won the first six games of the series while UMC has taken four of the last five.
During the Beavers’ win earlier this season against the Golden Eagles, BSU went into halftime with a three-point, 37-35 lead before winning both the third and fourth quarters. Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann scored a previous career-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and also tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Junior forward Emma Rappe also pulled down seven rebounds, while senior center Sierra Senske and freshman guard Sydney Zerr each scored in double-digits off the bench.
Minnesota Crookston earned its third win of the season during a split last weekend at Southwest Minnesota State, a 65-61 win, and at Sioux Falls, a 74-57 loss. Senior forward Emily Gruber led the team with 19 points followed by senior guard Micaela Noga with 13 in Friday’s win over the Mustangs. Noga needs 24 points to become the 11th student-athlete in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She needs 38 points to surpass Bri Zabel for 10th all-time at UMC.
The Golden Eagles are third in the conference shooting 78.3 percent from the free throw line and is sixth with 3.8 blocks per game. Gruber finished with her best weekend performance of the season with 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Abby Guidinger also broke out over the weekend with 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Noga averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.