BSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball Host First Round
Sunday, February 29, 2004
Feb. 29, 2004

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the 2004 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Quarterfinals, Wednesday, Mar. 3, announced earlier today by the NSIC offices. It marks the first time in the five-year history of the NSIC Tournament that both Beaver teams have hosted first round contests.

The BSU women will tip-off at 6 p.m. with the men to conclude at 8 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, 2.00 for students, with children under five admitted free. For ticket information, please contact the BSU Ticket Office at 218-755-3993 or the NSIC Media Director, Beth Dossantos at (612) 379-1535.

The Beaver men, which won its first outright NSIC regular season title since 1966-67, enter the Tournament as the No. 1 seed after the Northern State Wolves bowed out to Concordia-St. Paul 95-87 in overtime, Friday. The Beavers finished with a school-best 14-2 league mark while NSU went 13-3 in the conference circuit. Winners of 14 out of their last 16, BSU will entertain the No. 8 seed, Minnesota State, Moorhead this Wednesday. Holding a 2-4 all-time record in the NSIC Tournament, BSU swept the Dragons this year.

Earning its highest playoff seed in school history (No. 4), the Beaver women will host No. 5 seed, Winona State on Wednesday. BSU has split the season series with the Warriors, winning 77-75 in overtime, Jan. 3 in Winona, Minn. before losing 74-55 in Bemidji, Minn., Feb. 6. Picked to finish ninth in the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Beavers are 0-3 in the Tournament, having not participated last season.

The BSU women finished 8-8 in the NSIC, in a four-way tie with NSU, MSU, Moorhead and Winona State for the third-spot. The first tie breaking criteria was used, which is head-to-head competition amongst the four clubs. Northern State posted a 4-2 record in the head to head competition and took the third seed.

Since a three-way tie remained for fourth, the formula was repeated from the beginning. Bemidji State secured the No. 4 seed as it posted a 3-1 record against the teams it was tied with, Winona State and MSU, Moorhead.

After Wednesday’s action, the NSIC Semifinal and Championship are held in St. Paul, Mar. 6-7 at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. On Saturday, the women’s semifinals take place at 12 and 4 p.m. with the men at 2 and 6 p.m.. The early games pair the lowest remaining seeds against the highest remaining seeds. The late contests has the two middle seeds squaring off. Sunday’s championships are set for 2 and 4 p.m. with the women to conclude in the early session.

The winner of the NSIC Tournament automatically qualifies for the North Central Region NCAA Tournament, March 13-14, 16, held at the top seed in the region.