Beavers Down UM-Morris; Lose To Northern State
Monday, January 20, 2003
Jan. 20, 2003


UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 24    Winona State& 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25    Concordia-St. Paul& 5:30 p.m.
& NSIC contest played at BSU Gymnasium

THE SKINNY
The pair of games this weekend marks the end of the first half in league play. At that point last season, BSU was 1-8 in the conference and 3-14 overall.

BSU Head Coach Mike Power will be coaching in his 400th collegiate game on Friday. Prior to Bemidji State, he was at Metro State (CO) where he was 56-52 (.519) in four seasons. Before that, he totaled a 127-73 (.635) overall mark at Briar Cliff (IA) in six years as he came there from Nebraska Wesleyan where he was 30-45 (.400) overall in three campaigns. In his first season at BSU, Power is 6-10 (.375) and maintains a 219-180 (.549) overall record in his 14th season.

LOOKING BACK
Bemidji State 69, Minnesota-Morris 55 - Friday, Jan. 17. - Morris, Minn.
Behind a strong defensive effort in holding Minnesota-Morris (1-14, 0-7) to 41 percent shooting and forcing 27 turnovers, Bemidji State won on the road, 69-55 at the P.E. Center. For the game, BSU shot 44 percent with UM-Morris hitting on 41 percent of its shots. The Cougars kept themselves within range thanks to the long-ball as they were 11 of 24 behind the arc. Meanwhile, BSU was just 1-for-17 from three-point land. The boards were basically evened up with BSU holding a slim 36-32 advantage as sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) grabbed a game-best nine boards and led the Beavers with 18 points. Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) finished with 16 points on seven of 16 shooting.

Northern State 100, Bemidji State 63 - Saturday, Jan. 18. - Aberdeen, S.D.
At Wachs Arena, BSU got down by a 57-31 count behind 35 percent shooting in the first half and never could recover as it fell, 100-63 at the hands of Northern State (5-11, 3-5). The second-half deficit for Bemidji State would never shrink below the half-time margin of 26 as the visitors finished 25-for-71 (.352) from the field, including just five of 26 from behind the arc (.192). BSU grabbed a season-low 28 rebounds as Northern State dominated the glass and finished with 56. Graf led the Beavers with 18 points as she went seven-for-eight from the foul line. Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.), who reached 12 points on the night, went for her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season. Swanson finished with 10 points as she had a team-high five rebounds. The Wolves bench out-scored the Beavers reserves, 51-13.

BEAVER NOTES
Against UM-M, it was the fourth time this season that BSU has forced its opponents to turn the ball over at least 25 times...With the win, the Beavers have won the last eight in the overall series including its 44th in school history - most against any opponent...The six wins on the campaign has surpassed last year’s win (continuted on page two...)

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (6-10, 2-5 NSIC)    Winona State (7-9, 2-5 NSIC)
#20 Christi Goodhart    G    5-8    Sr.    #21 Kim Dreyer    G    5-9    So.
#32 Crystal Jones    G    5-7    Sr    #11 Jenny Johnson    G    5-7    Jr.
#34 Amber Graf    C    6-1    Jr.    #5 Katie Kosters    F    6-1    Jr.
#33 Stacia Swanson F 5-11 So.    #12 Jessica Bittner    F    5-10    Sr.
#42 Melissa Bessler F 5-11 So.    #23 Heather Peterson    F    5-11    Fr.

Concordia-St. Paul (12-4, 5-2 NSIC)
#3 Jessica Combs    G    6-1    Jr.
#12 Desirae Jones    G    5-5    So.
#53 Lisa Harfield    C    6-0    Sr.
#23 Kayla Christensen    F    6-0    So.
#24 Jennifer Pozzani    F    5-7    So.

BEAVER NOTES CONT...
total when BSU went 5-22...The 11 three-point baskets allowed by BSU was the second-highest mark by an opponent this season...The 32 rebounds that UM-Morris had was tied for the lowest mark by a BSU opponent this year - it was done three other times...The last time BSU allowed 100 points was in the 100-87 loss to St. Cloud State, Nov. 11, 1998...The 26 three-point attempts on the part of BSU against Northern State was the second highest mark on the season - it went for 30 against UM-Crookston, Jan. 3, 2003...It was the ninth time this season that Amber Graf has topped the team in scoring as she has gone 15 of the 16 games in double-figures this year...Stacia Swanson has now gone 11 games this campaign as the club’s leading rebounder.

CONFERENCE RECORD
The Beavers are in their 11th season of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play as the Northern Sun (women’s league) and the Northern Intercollegiate (male’s league) merged before the 1992-93 season. All-time in the league, BSU maintains a 49-98 (.333) overall mark with a 28-44 (.389) record away from Bemidji. At their home gym, the Beavers are 21-54 (.280) in league play.

SCHOOL RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
In the Minnesota-Crookston game (1-3) earlier this year, the Beavers hoisted up 30 three-pointers. That mark shattered the previous school record of 23 against MSU Moorhead (12-30-01). In fact, BSU has attempted at least 10 three’s in every game this season and have gone 15 or more attempts in 10 of the 16 contests. Most recently, the Beavers shot 26 three-pointers against Northern State (1-17), which was the third occasion of 20+ attempts.

Currently, BSU averages 16.1 three-point attempts a game. If it keeps true to that form, it will finish with 435 overall. The school record is 403, which was set last season.

Two other season records that have a chance of being broken is free throw percentage and steals. Right now, BSU maintains a 77.1 percent clip from the foul line. The program record is 74.1 percent set in 1999-2000. For steals, the Beavers average a shade over 13 steals a game thus far. If that pace stays the same, BSU will total 356 on the season. The current best in a season is 356, which was recorded in 1985-86.

AMBER GRAF NOTES:
Entering the 2002-03 campaign, junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) is primed to continue her play from last season. League coaches have taken notice of her as well as she is a 2002-03 preseason “Player to Watch.” Graf leads the BSU returners with 12 double-digit point efforts in 20 games last campaign and was tops on the squad in free throws made (48), free throw percentage (.800) and points per game (10.6). In the conference, she ranked 18th in ppg and 19th in rebounding per contest (4.9) in all games played. A transfer from the U.S. Naval Academy, Graf went six consecutive contests with 10+ points last season and against Minnesota-Morris (1-11-02), she tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. In addition, Graf established a school single-game record for accuracy with a five-for-five performance behind the arc against Winona State (1-18-02).

This season, Graf tallied 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting in her junior debut against St. Cloud State (11-23). Graf has reached double-digits in scoring in 13 of the 14 games this season including a career-best 24 against MSU-Mankato (12-4) and she followed that up with 22 vs. #1 South Dakota State (12-6). In the two BSU wins over Lees-McRae (11-29) and Barry (11-30), Graf totaled 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to earn Comfort Inn “On the Beach” Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament honors. Graf has topped the 20+-point barrier three times this season and had her 12-game scoring streak of at least 10 points stopped against MSU Moorhead (1-4) when she had nine.

So far this season, she holds the scoring lead on the team with 16.0 points per game, free throws made (55) and blocks (11), and is second in rebounding (4.9) and free throw percentage (.767 - 46/60). Graf has topped the club in points in eight games this season and has gone 15 out of 16 contests scoring in double-digits.

CRYSTAL JONES NOTES:
Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) will return as the leader on the court this season as she was voted on by her teammate’s as the 2002-03 team captain. Last season, Jones led the squad twice in points and tallied double-digits in points on ten occasions. Jones opened up the season by scoring 10+ in three of the first four contests and was second on the squad with 22 three-point field goals made and 24 total steals. In addition, BSU was 3-0 when she grabbed seven or more boards. Jones takes her hard work beyond the hard wood as seen her 4.0 grade point average she maintained both semesters last year.

This season, Jones is first on the club in three-pointers (13), second in assists (29), steals (35) and offensive rebounds (28) and third in scoring (7.6). She matched a career-high at the time of 15 points in the contest against Southwest State (12-29) as she went five-for-seven (.716) from the field. She also hit for the same clip from the field in the BSU win over Barry (FL) on Nov. 30, 2002 as she posted 13 points. The percentage mark is a team-high on the season. Most recently, Jones hit for a career-high of 16 points against Minnesota-Duluth (1-11) as she was six-for-six from the foul line. Jones has led or tied for the team lead four times in steals and assists for a single game. She had a season-high five steals against MSU Moorhead (1-4).

STACIA SWANSON NOTES:
What a debut! In the season-opener against St. Cloud State (11-23), sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) hit for 17 points and 15 rebounds. The Metro State (CO) University transfer shot 6-for-15 from the floor, 5-for-5 from the free throw line, had three steals and an assist. Swanson had a double-double by halftime (10 points-10 rebounds).

As if that was not good enough, Swanson notched 37 points, 15 rebounds, 10 steals and four assists in the two wins down in Florida. She was named to the Comfort Inn “On the Beach” Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament squad and those performances earned her NSIC Co-Player of the Week accolades for Nov. 25. Then in a sub-par effort by her standards, she posted 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the 67-59 win over MSU-Mankato (12-4).

Swanson is first on the club this season in rebounding (8.1), minutes a game (29.3), steals (46 - 2.88 spg) and field goal percentage (.472 - 92/195) and second in scoring (13.9). She stands second in the league in steals a game and third with her rebounding average. Swanson has either led or tied for the team high 11 times in rebounds, including seven of the last 10 contests, and five times in points in a single game. Swanson got her scoring streak of double-digit points snapped at eight games with nine points against St. Cloud State (12-20). Swanson got her second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Minnesota-Duluth (1-11).

MELISSA BESSLER NOTES:
Sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) is in her second season in a Beaver uniform after leading the club in rebounding (5.1) last season. In 2001-02, led the team seven times in rebounding and notched BSU’s single game high for rebounds (16) in the 84-67 victory over Winona State on Feb. 23, 2002. That same game she tallied 14 points for her first career double-double.

This campaign has seen Bessler improve since the first game. In the season-opener against St. Cloud State (11-23), Bessler came off the bench and fouled out in nine minutes of action as she had one point on zero-for-three shooting. Since then, she has been in the starting line-up in all 12 contests and tallied a personal-best 14 points in a season-high 32 minutes against MSU-Mankato (12-4). She followed that up with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists vs. #1 South Dakota State (12-6). In the conference home opener vs. UM-Crookston (1-3), Bessler went for 11 points, her fifth 10+ scoring effort of her career. The next night against MSU Moorhead (1-4), Bessler tied a personal-best with 14 points as she hit for three tri-fectas, which was also a career-high. Among her teammates, she is third in rebounding (3.8), tied for second in blocks (9) and fifth with a 6.4 scoring average.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Three BSU players have accrued double-doubles in points and rebounds in their careers. Melissa Bessler and Stacia Swanson both have two apiece while Amber Graf has tallied one. The following is a list of the players (italics indicates the 2002-03 season):
Melissa Bessler (14 points-16 rebounds)    vs. Winona State, 2-23-02
Melissa Bessler (14 points-10 rebounds)    vs. MSU-Mankato, 12-4-02
Amber Graf (12 points-13 rebounds)    vs. UM-Morris, 1-11-02
Stacia Swanson (17 points-15 rebounds)    vs. St. Cloud State, 11-23-02
Stacia Swanson (14 points-10 rebound)    vs. UM-Duluth, 1-11-03

BSU IN THE CONFERENCE
Through all games played through Jan. 18th, the Beavers stand in the top-five in the NSIC in one category: first in free throw percentage with a .771 clip (192/249). Also, BSU has five players that are in the top-30 in either steals or blocks including the league’s second-best (Swanson) in steals per game as she averages 2.88 thefts a game.

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE
Five players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Jan. 18): Stacia Swanson is second in steals per game (2.88), third in rebounds per game (8.1), 11th in points per game (13.9), tied for 13th in blocks per game (0.56) and 15th in field goal percentage (.472 - 92/195); Amber Graf is fourth in points per game (16.0), seventh in free throw percentage (.786 - 55/70), 12th in blocks per game (0.69), 22nd in field goal percentage (.409 - 95/232), tied for 23rd in steals per game (1.31) and 24th in rebounds per game (4.6); Melissa Bessler is tied for 13th in blocks per game (0.56) and 26th in steals per game (1.25); Christi Goodhart is tied for 19th in steals per game (1.38) and tied for 24th in assists per game (2.06); and Crystal Jones is tied for fifth in steals per game (2.19) and tied for 27th in assists per game (1.81).

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. Winona State 35-16 // vs. Concordia-St. Paul 10-7
The 35 wins against Winona State is second most in school history against any opponent. The Beavers have captured 44 victories against Minnesota-Morris. At one stretch in the series, BSU took 25 out of 27, including two streaks of nine straight wins. Last year’s 84-67 Bemidji State win snapped a five-game winning streak for the Warriors. Melissa Bessler hit for her first double-double with a personal-best 14 points and 16 rebounds as the Beavers controlled the boards with a 54-33 advantage. Christi Goodhart netted a career-high 21 points to go along with five assists. WSU came into the game with a 10-14 overall record while BSU was 4-21.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    49 (95-46, 2/14/92)
WSU Largest Margin of Victory:    31 (86-55, 2/17/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    101 (W, 101-69, 2/14/87)
WSU Highest Scoring Output:    91 2x (W, 91-87 ot, 1/15/93 & W, 91-79, 1/18/02)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    37 (L, 41-37, 1974)
WSU Lowest Scoring Output:    37 (L, 41-37 1973)

Since Concordia-St. Paul joined the NSIC in 1999, BSU is 2-4 against it but has lost the last four contests. Those four losses have been quite competitive with an average margin of victory being just under 12 points. Despite leading at the half 39-35, BSU dropped a 81-71 affair last February. The Beavers out-shot the Golden Bears 42.4 percent to 40.7 percent but C-SP made 10 more free throws than BSU.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    54 (92-38, 2/23/87)
C-SP Largest Margin of Victory:    24 (79-55, 2/16/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    92 2x (W, 92-62, 2/28/86 & W, 92-38, 2/23/87)
C-SP Highest Scoring Output:    81 (W, 81-71, 2/22/02)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    55 (L, 79-55, 2/16/01)
C-SP Lowest Scoring Output:    38 (L, 92-38, 2/23/87)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
vs. Winona State (7-9, 2-5 NSIC)
After starting out the season winning four out of its first six contests, the Warriors have dropped the last five games, all in NSIC action. This past weekend, they lost to UM-Crookston, 82-75 and MSU Moorhead, 78-61 in a home double-dip.

WSU, which was picked to finish eighth this season in the NSIC, finished the 2001-02 campaign with a 10-17 overall record, good for eighth in the NSIC. Currently, WSU is tied for fifth in the league with MSU Moorhead and Minnesota-Crookston with a 2-5 conference mark.

Head coach Terri Sheridan owns a career mark of 92-150 (.380) in nine years at WSU. Jenny Johnson leads the scoring charge with 11.2 per game while Anne Straate is right behind with 10.3 points per contest. Johnson, who is second in the league with 72 assists, leads the club in three-pointers (30) and free throw percentage (.833). Straate ranks second in the NSIC in field goal percentage (.610) and is fourth on the club with 4.3 rebounds per game. Kim Dreyer is tops on the team with 5.9 rebounds a contest.
vs. Concordia-St. Paul (12-4, 5-2 NSIC)
In his fourth season at Concordia-St. Paul is head coach Geoff Carlston. He owns a 34-22 (.607) overall mark entering the season. Carlston’s club is coming off a 2001-02 season in which the team went 22-7 overall and tied for second in the league with a 13-5 mark.

So far this year, the Golden Bears had a eight-game winning streak that was snapped by a loss to Wayne State, Jan. 11. This past weekend, they defeated MSU Moorhead, 76-59 before losing 70-65 at home to Minnesota-Crookston.

Kayla Christensen tops four scorers in double-figures with 13.3 points per game. Lisa Harfield chips in 12.2 a game and Carly Christensen adds 11.0 per contest. Harfield leads the club in field goal percentage (.514), rebounding (6.9) and blocks (18), which is tied for second in the league. Jennifer Pozzani, who is fourth in the NSIC with 58 assists, averages 10.4 points a game.

C-SP’s offense is a potent one as shown in it’s 82.3 points scored per game, which is tops in the league. Other top-five rankings in the league include: first in scoring margin (+16.7), second in field goal percentage defense (.386), three-pointers per game (7.4) and rebounding margin (+7.1) and third in field goal percentage (.443)

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH MIKE POWER
(1st Year at BSU, 6-10 (.375); 14th Year Overall, 219-180 (.549))
Mike Power has a long history of resurrecting basketball programs with losing traditions into winners. The first-year coach comes here after a four-year stay at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo. where he posted a 56-52 record, setting a school record for best winning percentage by a head coach in his first two years (.636). Power’s teams finished in the top seven in the 14-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference three of his four years at the helm, making the RMAC Tournament three times.

Prior to his stay at Metro State, Power resurrected the Briar Cliff College program in Sioux City, Iowa. Power inherited an 0-29 team and in six seasons there posted a 127-73 record - including 93-17 over his final three seasons - and made three consecutive NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances. He led the Chargers to Elite Eight appearances in 1996 and 1997. Power’s teams posted two consecutive 30-win seasons at Briar Cliff, a 37-1 march in 1996-’97 which included a school-record 32-0 unbeaten regular season and a 37-0 record before suffering the first loss, and 31-4 in 1997-’98. Power developed three All-America players at Briar Cliff and won three consecutive NAIA Independent Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors.

Power also turned around a program with a losing history during a three-year stay at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. After a 5-20 finish during his first year at the helm, Power had built a program with a winning record by his third year when the Prairie Wolves finished 15-11. Under Power’s watch, Wesleyan led the nation (NCAA Division III) in scoring during the 1990-’91 season and also led the nation in three-point field goals per game in both 1989-’90 and 1990-’91.

Power also has experience coaching at the high school level, spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb. from 1985-’88 and one year as head coach and physical education teacher at Gothenburg High School in Gothenburg, Neb. in 1991-’92.

The eighth head coach in the history of BSU women’s basketball earned a bachelor of science degree in social science from the University of Nebraska in 1988 and a master of physical education from Nebraska in 1994.

Walking the sidelines with Power, who notched his first victory as a Beaver against Lees-McRae (11/29), will be first-year assistant Amanda Went, second-year graduate assistants Jason Sobolik and Paul Brunsdon.

SO YOU ARE TELLING ME THERE IS A CHANCE
In the six BSU wins this season, the Beavers have given themselves a legitimate shot of winning in the second half based on the halftime scores. Five times, the Beavers went into the intermission with a lead, albeit slim ones at one, two, four, six, and seven points and once trailed by a mere two points to Lees-McRae (11/29). The second half has seen the Beavers outscore their opponents by at least five points - five to LMC, six to Mankato, seven to Barry, seven to Minnesota-Morris, 12 to Finlandia and 19 to UM-Crookston.

One glaring statistic that favors the green and white is turnover margin. Currently, the Beavers are +4.4 on the season in that category. BSU has forced at least 20 turnovers in its wins: 31 vs. Lees-McRae, 23 against Barry, 24 at Mankato, 20 vs. Finlandia, 29 vs. UM-Crookton and 27 vs. UM-Morris for a total of 154 (25.7 tpg) while committing 106 (17.7 tpg) themselves. Opposing teams are frustrated due to the full-court trapping defense that coach Power has installed as the Beavers stay fresh with an 11 player rotation. Overall, BSU has 211 (13.2 per game) steals on the season while the opposing teams have 148 (9.3 per game) as BSU holds a +3.9 advantage.

A GLIMPSE AT THE CAMPAIGN
Looking at BSU’s first nine non-conference opponents of the season, four are recognized in the national or regional polls from a season ago. South Dakota State visited Bemidji (12/6). SDSU, which posted a 28-9 overall record in 2001-02 and was first in the preseason edition of the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Women’s Basketball Poll, defeated BSU by a count of 85-67. The next test came Dec. 14th at Michigan Tech, which was 10th in the final Great Lakes Region poll last season. “Tech,” which was 3-3 at the time it played the Beavers, prevailed 72-57. A week later, the #6 University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux handed the Beavers its tenth straight loss in the series, 86-58.

As far as the NSIC is concerned, the Beavers faced the 2001-02 NSIC regular season champions in Southwest State, which was ranked #10 in the preseason national polls, on the road in the conference-opening weekend. In that contest, BSU got downed 76-55 (12/29). To make things just as difficult, BSU has to travel to UM-Duluth and Northern State in mid-January before both programs come to Bemidji. Both squads finished with a 13-5 conference slate, which tied Concordia-St. Paul for second in the league. The Golden Bears are the only team from the top four conference finishers from last season that Bemidji State has the luxury of hosting first.

“ We play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the league,” Power said. “We have to go to North Dakota and Michigan Tech, which right there will be in the top five in the country. Then, we play the team that won our region (South Dakota State) last year, who has everybody back for our first game at home.”

BEAVERS GET PICKED NINTH IN PRESEASON POLLS
According to the 2002-03 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, the Beavers were chosen ninth with 31 votes in the preseason coaches poll. The league’s champion from last season in Southwest State was narrowly picked as the top team with 85 votes. BSU ended ninth in the NSIC as it went 3-15 in league play last season.

Concordia-St. Paul was second (84), Minnesota-Duluth third (77), Northern State fourth (62), MSU Moorhead fifth (56), Wayne State (Neb.) sixth (48), Minnesota-Crookston seventh (43), Winona State eighth (36) and Minnesota-Morris rounding out the list (18). Both SSU, which is #10 in the Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25, and C-SP, which received five first-place votes, are recognized on the national level.

As far as the NSIC is concerned, the Beavers will have to face Southwest State on the road in the conference-opening weekend, Dec. 29. To make things just as difficult, BSU has to travel to UM-Duluth and Northern State in mid-January before both programs come to Bemidji. Both squads finished with a 13-5 conference slate, which tied Concordia-St. Paul for second in the league. The Golden Bears are the only team from the top four conference finishers from last season that Bemidji State has the luxury of hosting first.

BSU GYMNASIUM - HOME OF THE BEAVERS
The BSU Gymnasium, which seats 2,200, was originally constructed in 1959. Almost a year of work came to fruition as the physical education complex, the all-encompassing building that houses the BSU Gymnasium, was dedicated on January 4, 1960 by Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman in front of a packed crowd. This large building contains the gym, a swimming pool, classrooms and faculty offices.

The BSU Gymnasium hosts all Bemidji State University volleyball matches, men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as area high school playoff games. In addition, there are events ranging from concerts and recitals to faculty meetings and commencement ceremonies that take place there.

Not only does it house an array of activities, but perhaps more importantly it gives a distinct “home-court” advantage for the athletic squads that use it. BSU fans and boosters of all ages are regularly seen sporting the green and white colors in peculiar styles.

HOME TICKETS
All tickets for BSU home events can be purchased at the gate or by calling 218-755-2045. Ticket prices are as follows: $5 general admission, $2 senior citizens/non-BSU students, $1 under-12 and BSU students with valid ID are free.

RADIO COVERAGE - KKBJ 1360 AM
Voice of the Beavers Shaun Michaels returns for his fourth year behind the mic as Bemidji State continues its broadcast agreement with R.P. Broadcasting of Bemidji. Michaels, who also hosts the morning show on Real Country 98.3, provides the Beavers with one of the most enthusiastic young radio voices in college athletics today. Brian Bisonette provides expert analysis and color commentary.

KKBJ is scheduled to provide live coverage of select Beaver women’s basketball games and also will have broadcasts available for any potential post-season contests. Mark your calenders for three contests to be aired on KKBJ: Dec. 20 vs. St. Cloud State, Jan. 3 vs. UM-Crookston and Jan. 4 vs. MSU Moorhead. The SCSU contest will be begin at 6:00 p.m. while the other two start at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, these game broadcasts will be streamed live over the Internet via KKBJ’s web site. Broadcasts are available to Windows, Macintosh and UNIX computer users and are distributed in RealAudio format (requires RealOne player, available as a free download at http://www.real.com).

For more information or to listen to the Internet audio broadcasts, point your web browser to: http://www.kkbj.com/sports.html

Internet listeners should be aware that server limitations allow only 120 concurrent listeners to BSU’s audio broadcasts. Internet audio broadcasts do not begin until approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the pre-game show.

TELEVISION COVERAGE - KBSU TV
Fans will have an opportunity to watch live television broadcasts of select Beaver women’s basketball games for the 2002-03 season. Three games are slated to be broadcast: Jan. 3, 4 & Feb. 15 with all games beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join Scott Williams as he handles the play-by-play duties and color commentary provided by Kevin Drexel for exciting Beaver basketball.

All three of these broadcasts are scheduled to be shown on a tape-delay basis as well.
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