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Bemidji State basketball teams look to build against Minnesota-Duluth

Jake Lindstrom and the Bemidji State men's basketball team host Minnesota-Duluth today. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State basketball teams ended losing streaks last week and will look to build in today's matchup with Minnesota-Duluth at BSU Gymnasium.

It is the only game this weekend for both teams, which are travel partners in the NSIC.

The women tip-off at 2 p.m. and the men follow at 4 p.m.

The Bemidji State men's basketball team enters the game with a 6-10 overall record and are 3-7 in NSIC play.

The Beavers ended a season-long, seven-game losing streak last Saturday night against the University of Mary with an 81-59 win.

It was definitely a confidence booster for the Beavers, which lost in a heartbreaker to Northern State 67-65 on the last possession a night earlier.

The win against Mary was the first for BSU under fourth-year head coach Matt Bowen. The Beavers were led by the trio of Seth Haake, Lance Rongstad and Bryce Tesdahl.

Haake led the team in scoring with 18 points, a career-high seven assists and continues to be the scoring force for BSU this season. His 19 points per game average ranks fourth in NSIC play.

Lance Rongstad had another breakout game as one of BSU's freshman surprises this season with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Tesdahl had eight points, five assists and a career-high 10 rebounds.

The Beavers face Minnesota-Duluth (7-10 overall, 4-6 NSIC), losers of four of its last five games, in a rematch of one of last year's best NSIC games. UMD defeated BSU last season 126-124 last February in four overtimes at BSU Gymnasium in the longest game in program history. It was also the most points ever scored in an NSIC basketball game.

The Bemidji State women's basketball team enters the game with a 10-7 overall record and are 4-6 in NSIC play.

The Beavers ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-61 win over Mary last Saturday at BSU Gymnasium.

Bemidji State was led by junior Colleen McKay, who had her best game of the season. She had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game for the third double-double of her career.

The Beavers won with a balanced effort, which has emerged as the biggest strength in BSU's wins this season.

Bemidji State had four players reach double-digit scoring and all 10 BSU players scored. Jessie Althoff led the way with 10 points.

The Beavers welcomed back Emily Kaus from injury in the game.

Taylor Davis is BSU's hot hand right now and she is averaging 20.3 points per game in her last three games. She's also earned the starting nod at forward the last two games.

Sydney Epema has been the most consistent starter for BSU this season and has started each game. She is averaging 12.2 points per game and she's shooting a strong 48 percent from 3-point range in home games.

A win today against Minnesota-Duluth (12-5 overall, 7-3 NSIC) would mark head coach Mike Curfman's 50th career win at Bemidji State.