Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team didn’t like how their last matchups went against U-Mary and Minot State. “After the last time we played them, the whole team was really disappointed that we didn’t come out with a win against Mary and Minot, because we believed that we could,” freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann said. “I think there’s a lot of revenge going into this weekend, thinking that we can win and should have won. The girls are really hyped about that.”
OMAHA, Neb. -- For the majority of the first half on Tuesday, the college basketball world had to wonder, “What if?” Creighton -- a top-tier team in the Big East -- was getting outplayed at home, down double-digits against an unfamiliar school to even most hoops diehards. That opponent? None other than the Bemidji State men’s basketball team.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School boys basketball team overcame turnover turmoil on Monday, grinding though it for a comfortable 68-52 win over Thief River Falls at the BHS Gymnasium.
OMAHA, Neb.—Game day is going to look quite a bit different for the Bemidji State men's basketball team Tuesday night. After playing in front of 16,282 fans in 25 games so far this season, the Beavers are set for a road exhibition against Creighton—which averages 16,644 fans per home game.
BEMIDJI -- If there was ever a hint of hope for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team on Saturday, Miranda Ristau certainly made sure it didn’t last very long. Behind an unstoppable performance for the Northern State center, the Wolves dominated their way to an 89-48 win at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Playing in perhaps his final home game, Sharif Black had a cheering section for the first time in the BSU Gymnasium. On Senior Night for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team, the Detroit native netted a season-high 25 points in front of his parents, Michael and Kenya, and his sister, Chardae.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team grinded out a 80-73 nailbiter on Friday, locking down and upending Minnesota State Moorhead at the BSU Gymnasium. “It came down to the end,” sophomore Logan Bader said. “It was just a matter of hustling, working for loose balls. Luckily we made the right plays to win the game.”
BEMIDJI -- Despite a 76-61 loss to Minnesota State Moorhead at the BSU Gymnasium on Friday, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team was happy to be competitive against a top-tier conference opponent.
BEMIDJI -- Once he reached 999 career points Thursday night, suspense hung in the air whenever Linaes Whiting touched the basketball. But the cheering didn’t end as soon as he hit the 1,000-point milestone early in the second half. Whiting was just getting started. Behind 16 second-half points from the senior guard, the Bemidji High School boys basketball team outran Duluth East to a 77-58 win at the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is ready to take the weekend head on. “If we can win on that Friday game, it really builds momentum into the Saturday game,” freshman forward Zach Baumgartner said. “We’ve lost a lot of (Saturday games) this year, and it really shows in our record. If we can play the full 40 minutes on that Saturday, it shows teams that we’re able to compete for that full 40 minutes on that Saturday, and not just play the first 20.”