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Bemidji State basketball: Beavers host Minnesota-Duluth in rare Wednesday night doubleheader

The Bemidji State men's and women's basketball teams will host Minnesota-Duluth today in a rare Wednesday night doubleheader at BSU Gymnasium.

The women's game begins at 6 p.m. and the men's game begins at 8 p.m.

The Bemidji State men's basketball team was knocked out of playoff contention last Saturday with a 98-79 loss to defending national champion Winona State.

The score did not indicate how close the game was played as Bemidji State stayed within 10 points of Winona State until the final minutes of the game.

The Beavers shot 50 percent in the game, including 45 percent from 3-point range.

It was a performance well above the 44 percent and 36 percent averages this season.

Bemidji State (8-17 overall, 6-12 NSIC) spread the ball around well in the loss and had five players reach double-figures scoring.

Seth Haake led the Beavers with 19 points and Tyler Wruck scored 11 off the bench.

Bemidji State will need another balanced effort to keep up with Minnesota-Duluth (18-10 overall, 12-6 NSIC), a stout defensive team.

The Bulldogs won the previous meeting 87-79 in Duluth on Jan. 24.

It was a game the Beavers started out slow and spent most of the second half trying to rally from a 46-30 halftime deficit.

Bemidji State was within 10 points the final three minutes of that game, but could not find a way to pull even with the Bulldogs.

Leading the Bulldogs into Bemidji is John Vaudreuil (15 points per game) and Brian Sykora (14 points per game).

Though Bemidji State is eliminated from postseason contention, the Beavers are still working toward being the top team on the bottom half of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings at the end of the season.

Bemidji State is currently tied for ninth place in the Northern Sun standings with Wayne State, so the Beavers will be playing for pride the final week of the season.

The season concludes Saturday night against Wayne State.

Women's basketball

The Bemidji State women's basketball team has been fighting through a rebuilding season this winter.

The Beavers enter the week 3-22 overall and 1-17 in NSIC play.

While Bemidji State is eliminated from postseason contention, the Beavers have plenty to play for and still have a chance to climb out of the NSIC cellar.

The Beavers and Upper Iowa are currently tied with identical conference records.

Bemidji State lost in its only game last week, falling at Winona State 82-46 last Saturday night.

Winona State won the game with accurate shooting, going 16-for-33 from beyond the arc.

Bemidji State could not match the Warriors and shot 39 percent in the loss.

Minnesota-Duluth (14-11 overall, 11-7 NSIC) defeated the Beavers 82-46 in the previous meeting on Jan. 24 in Duluth.

The Bulldogs were led by Kelsey Homewood and Jenny Steffen, who each scored 20 points. Containing those two players will be a priority for the Beavers tonight.

Heidi Matzke and Sydney Epema lead the Beavers into tonight's game.

Matzke is averaging 14 points per game. Epema is averaging 11 points per game and is BSU's top 3-point threat.