Bemidji State Ends The Season With Two Losses
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Mar. 13, 2003

THE SKINNY
Bemidji State (9-18, 5-13 NSIC) lost its final two road games for the 2002-03 campaign Feb. 28-Mar. 1 and ended its 36th season of basketball with the most wins in three seasons. The 1999-2000 club totaled nine as well while the 1998-99 program had 10. Also, the five league wins is the most since BSU went for seven three years ago. This marks the first time since the conference went to its post-season format in the 1999-200 season that the Beavers have not made the tournament.

LOOKING BACK
**Concordia-St. Paul 82, Bemidji State 61 - Friday, Feb. 28 - St. Paul, Minn.
The Beavers could not overcome a scoring drought of 10:56 in the first half as Concordia-St. Paul (21-5, 14-3 NSIC) scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 82-61 win. BSU was hurt by the fact that it connected on only eight field goals in the first frame and finished the game at 29 percent (18 of 62). For the game, both teams combined to attempt 66 free throws as BSU hit on 20 of 26 (.769) and C-SP went 28 of 40 (.700). Also, both squads shot poorly from behind the arc with the Beavers going five-for-22 (.227) and the Golden Bears hitting on four of 18 (.222). Turnovers were nearly even (21-19) with C-SP having more and the hosts held a 56-38 advantage on the glass. C-SP finished at 39 percent (25 of 65) from the floor. For the Beavers, junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) finished with a game-high 21 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the charity stripe. Senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pamona, Calif.) went a perfect four-for-four from the field and tallied 10 points in the losing effort.
**Winona State 84, Bemidji State 66 - Saturday, March 1 - Winona, Minn.
BSU got down early and could never recover against Winona State (11-16, 6-12 NSIC) in the 84-66 loss at McCown Gymnasium. BSU never led but was able to come within a point with 6:20 remaining in the first half at 25-24. The Warriors responded with a 21-7 run to go into the locker-room with a 46-31 edge and take control of the game. Graf tied for game-high honors with senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) as both players had 19 each. Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) and junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) recorded a team-high seven boards. As a club, BSU shot 32 percent overall after going nine of 34 (.265) in the second frame. Also, it was just six of 24 (.250) from three-point range. It lost the rebound battle, 36-52 but posted 17 steals to break the school season record. The Warriors shot 47 percent (30 of 64) from the floor.

BEAVER NOTES
BSU attempted at least 20 three’s in 12 games this season after launching 22 and 24 in the last weekend...Bemidji State went 10 straight games to end the season in forcing more than 20 turnovers and the 16th consecutive by having fewer than its opponent - overall, BSU had more turnovers than its opponent in just four out of the 27 games this season...Amber Graf recorded her fifth 20+ scoring effort of the season against Concordia-St. Paul (2/28/03) and was in double-figures in 25 of 27 games...Graf also set a BSU season record as she finished 104 of 133 from the charity stripe which broke the 102 made free throws (Jenny Loeck) and 132 attempts (Karen Morrisey) during the 1994-95 campaign...The old record for steals was 356 during the 1985-86 season - BSU finished with 357 this year...The Beavers went 11 games on the season shooting under 40 percent...With 19 points against Winona State (3/1/03), Christi Goodhart reached double-figures in nine of the final 11 games - she averaged 13.5 in that span, nearly four points above her season average...With being down at the half in both contests, BSU dropped to 1-14 on the year when trailing after the first 20 minutes...In being out-rebounded in 11 of the final 12 games, BSU was 5-16 overall when having fewer boards...Graf represented BSU on the 2002-03 all-conference squads as she was recognized on the honorable mention club.

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH MIKE POWER
(1st Year at BSU, 9-18 (.333); 14th Year Overall, 222-188 (.541))
Mike Power has a long history of resurrecting basketball programs with losing traditions into winners. The first-year coach comes to BSU 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 (11/29/02), was first-year assistant Amanda Went, second-year graduate assistants Jason Sobolik and Paul Brunsdon.

CONFERENCE RECORD
The Beavers finished 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 52-105 (.331) overall mark with a 29-46 (.387) record away from Bemidji. At their home gym, the Beavers are 23-59 (.280) in league play.

SCHOOL RECORDS SET THIS SEASON
There were a total of five school records broken this season. The following lists the new record in the left column with the old in the right column:
Team:
Season    3-Point FG Atts., 492    403 (2001-02)
Steals (357)    356 (1985-86)
Ind. Game    3-Point FG Atts., 30 vs. UM-C (1/3/03)    23 vs. MSU-M (12/30/01)
Individual:
Season    Free Throw’s, Amber Graf (104)    Jenny Loeck - 102 (94-95)
Free Throw Atts., Amber Graf (133)    Karen Morrisey - 132 (94-95)

In the Minnesota-Crookston game (1/3/03), 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 19 of the 27 contests. Recently, the Beavers attempted 24 three-pointers against Winona State (3/1/03), which was the 11th occasion of 20+ attempts this season.

#42 - MELISSA BESSLER NOTES:
Sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) completed her second season in a Beaver uniform after leading the club in rebounding (5.1) last year...This campaign has seen Bessler improve since the first game...In the season-opener against St. Cloud State (11/23/02), 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 was in the starting line-up in 25 of the 26 contests and tallied a personal-best 14 points in a season-high 32 minutes against MSU-Mankato (12/4/02)...She followed that up with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists vs. #1 South Dakota State (12/6/02)...Against MSU Moorhead (1/4/03), Bessler tied a personal-best with 14 points as she hit for three tri-fectas, which was also a career-high...She went for 14 points a third time against Wayne State (2/1/03) as she pulled down seven rebounds as well...Amongst her teammates, she was first in total blocks (17), third in rebounding (3.8), fourth in scoring (7.0) and fifth in three-pointers (15)...Bessler went seven times this season with 10 or more points...In the BSU wins, Bessler averages 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and shoots 51 percent from the floor as compared to 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and a 33 percent mark in the losses...In the NSIC, Bessler tied for 12th in blocks/game (0.63), was 21st in offensive rebounds/game (1.67) and 23rd in steals/game (1.26).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
‘ 01-02    17    26-88    .295    8-25    .320    27-35    .771    87    17    4 21    87    5.1
‘ 02-03    27    68-173    .393    15-48    .313    37-58    .638    103    22    17 34    188    7.0
Total    44    94-261    .360    23-73    .315    63-93    .677    190    39    21    55    275    6.3

#23 - KRISTY CAVINESS
Senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pomona, Calif.) was first among the reserves in minutes per game (20.3) as she was a first-year transfer from Metro State College...Appeared in all 27 games and started in nine of them with her first career start coming against St. Cloud State (11/23/02)...Hit for a career-high 12 points on three occasions with her last coming against UM-Duluth (2/15/03) as she was six of 10 from the field and grabbed four rebounds...Notched at least two assists in 17 games overall and eight straight to end the year...Dished out season-high five assists against UM-Morris (2/22/03)...Went for double-figures in four of the final six games...First on the club in field goal percentage (.438), second in free throw percentage (.792), third in total assists (51) and fourth in total steals (38)...Maintained a 1.96/1 assists-to-turnover ratio, which was tops on the team...In the NSIC, was second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.96/1) and 19th in steals/game (1.41).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
‘ 02-03    27    46-105    .438    0-6    .000    19-24    .792    44    51    4    38 111    4.1
Total    27    46-105    .438    0-6    .000    19-24    .792    44    51    4    38    111    4.1

#12 - KATIE DALE NOTES:
Senior guard Katie Dale (Willmar, Minn.) appeared in all 54 in her two seasons, including 19 starts as a Beaver...Made her BSU debut in the starting line-up in the Beavers first game in 2001-02 against South Dakota State (11/17/01)...Tallied career-high eight points with two three-pointers against Winona State (2/23/03)...Had career-high three rebounds against UM-Morris (2/22/03) and three steals against MSU-Mankato (12/4/02)...Fourth on the club in total assists (33).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
‘ 01-02    27    28-70    .400    11-29    .379    10-14    .714    20    42    0 17    77    2.9
‘ 02-03 27 6-30    .200    2-19    .105    2-3    .667    18    33    0    17    16 0.6
Total 54 34-100 .340 13-48 .271 12-17 .706 38 75 0 34 93 1.7

#20 - CHRISTI GOODHART NOTES:
Senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) made a name for herself on the offensive end, especially near the end of the season...The team’s second leading scorer from a season ago notched 15 points against Winona State (1/24/03), which was a season-high at that point...That performance ignited a scoring streak in which she tallied 10 or more points in nine of the last 11 games...Netted a season-best 20 against MSU Moorhead (1/7/03) and was first on the team in total assists (64), second in steals (44), scoring (9.6) and third in three-pointers (21)...In the last 13 games, Goodhart dished out at least two assists and in the last 11 averaged 13.2 points...When Goodhart took care of the ball, BSU was successful as well...In the Beaver wins, the 5-7 guard had a 2.7/1 assist to turnover ratio while in the losses, she had a 0.7/1 mark...In NSIC action, Goodhart stepped up her scoring as seen in her 11.4 average...The San Joaquin Delta Community College transfer was 13th in the NSIC in steals/game (1.63), 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21/1), 19th in field goal percentage (.414) and assists/game (2.37), 28th in scoring (9.6) and tied for 29th in three-pointers/game (0.78).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 01-02    27    86-219    .393    14-49    .286    34-53    .642    80    55    1 23    220    8.1
‘ 02-03    27    98-237    .414    21-73    .288    42-60    .700    28    64    0 44    259    9.6
Total    54    184-456    .404    35-122    .287    76-113    .673    108    119    1    67    479 8.9

#34 - AMBER GRAF NOTES
Entering the 2002-03 campaign, junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) was primed to continue her play from last season when she was 18th in points per game (10.6) and 19th in rebounds a game (4.9) in the NSIC...League coaches took notice of her as well as she was a 2002-03 preseason “Player to Watch”...This season, Graf tallied 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting in her junior debut against St. Cloud State (11/23/02)...The U.S. Naval Academy transfer reached double-digits in scoring in 25 of the 27 games this season including a career-best 26 against MSU Moorhead (2/7/03)...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 topped the 20+ point barrier five times this season and had a 12-game scoring streak of at least 10 points earlier this year...The 2002-03 all-league honorable mention pick held the scoring lead on the team with 15.7 points per game, free throws made (104) and rebounding (4.7)...Also, she was second in total blocks (16), third in free throw percentage (.782-104/133), fourth in three-pointers (18) and total assists (29)...Graf either tied or topped the club in points in 15 games, which was the most on the team...The Beavers were 7-5 when Graf pulled down 5 or more rebounds this season...Ended the year 104 of 133 from the charity stripe which broke the 102 made free throws (Jenny Loeck) and 132 attempts (Karen Morrisey) during the 1994-95 campaign and set the school record...In the NSIC, Graf was third in scoring (15.7), eighth in free throw percentage (.782), 15th in blocks/game (0.59), tied for 20th in defensive rebounds/game (3.11), 21st in rebounds/game (4.7) and field goal percentage (.406), tied for 23rd in offensive rebounds (1.63) and tied for 28th in steals/game (1.15).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 01-02    20    75-173    .434    13-34    .382    48-60    ,800    98    13    3 15    211    10.6
‘ 02-03    27    151-372    .406    18-73    .247    104-133    .782    128    29    16 31    424    15.7
Total    47    226-545    .415    31-107    .290    152-193    .788    226    42    19    46    635 13.5

#24 - YONTEL HANDFORD NOTES:
Junior guard Yontel Handford (Milwaukee, Wis.) finished her career with the most game experience of any player on the active roster as she appeared in 71 games in her three seasons...The Harold Vincent High School graduate got her first career start against UM-Crookston (1/27/01) and totaled six in her career...Knocked down personal-best four field goals, three of which in the three-point variety, netting 13 points and grabbing five rebounds against MSU Moorhead (2/1/01)...Had season-high six points and three boards against Northern State (1/18/03)...Either tied or recorded a team-high in steals and points on four total occasions this season...One of eight players to post 20 or more assists on the campaign.
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 00-01    18    9-34    .265    3-18    .167    3-5    .600    10    8    0    5 24    1.3
‘ 01-02    27    16-53    .302    5-15    .333    16-20    .800    26    29    1 10    53    2.0
‘ 02-03    26    10-23    .435    1-4    .250    5-9    .556    27    20    1    14    26 1.0
Total    71    35-110    .318    9-37    .243    24-34    .706    63    57    2    29    103 1.5

#32 - CRYSTAL JONES NOTES:
Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) returned as the leader on the court this season as she was voted by her teammate’s as the 2002-03 team captain...The Hibbing Community College transfer was tops on the club in total steals (59), free throw percentage (.800 - 24/30) and three-pointers (26), second in total assists (52), third in scoring (8.7), fourth in field goal percentage (.397 - 26/79) and aappeared in all 54 possible games in her two-year stint...One of two players to start in all 27 games this season...Matched a career-high at the time of 15 points against Southwest State (12/29/02) as she went five-for-seven (.716) from the field....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...Tallied career-high 27 points against Minnesota-Duluth (2/15/03) as she had 26 at the half, almost defeating the Bulldogs herself as they had 34...Set a personal-best with nine field goals on 14 attempts and tied a career-high with three long-range bombs and six free throws in that game...Jones led or tied for the team lead seven times in steals and six times in assists for a single game...Had a season-high five steals against MSU Moorhead (1/4/03) and seven assists against UM-Crookston (1/3/03)...In BSU’s nine wins this season, Jones had a 2.2/1 assist to turnover ratio while she held a 0.9/1 mark in the losses...In the NSIC, Jones was third in steals/game (2.19), 15th in offensive rebounds/game (1.81), 21st in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.11/1) and 23rd in three-pointers/game (0.96).
YR GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
‘ 01-02    27    74-204    .363    22-74    .297    26-35    .743    109    47    0 24    196    7.3
‘ 02-03    27    92-232    .397    26-79    .329    24-30    .800    95    52    0 59    234    8.7
Total    54    166-436    .381    48-153    .314    50-65    .769    204    99    0    83    430 8.0

#11 - SHAWNE KOCH
Junior guard Shawne Koch (Clarence, Iowa) was a redshirt this season after injuring her knee in the preseason.

#15 - KATIE LONG
Senior guard Katie Long (Mason City, Iowa) saw action in 52 contests after transferring from North Iowa Area Community College after the 2000-01 season...Got her first career start on Senior’s Night against UM-Morris (2/22/03) recording 15 points, four rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes of action...Hit the 10-point barrier four times this campaign including a career-best 22 points against UM-Crookston (1/3/03)...Hit on a personal-best five trifectas and seven field goals against Winona State (1/24/03) as she netted 19 points...On the team, Long was second in three-pointers (25), fourth in free throw percentage (.756- 34/45) and fifth in scoring (5.3)...In the league, Long was 25th in three-pointers/game (0.93).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 01-02    25    13-30    .433    9-13    .692    3-5    .600    22    9    0    1 38    1.5
‘ 02-03    27    42-112    .375    25-80    .313    34-45    .756    25    15    1 13    143    5.3
Total    52    55-142    .387    34-93    .366    37-50    .740    47    24    1    14    181 3.5

#33 - STACIA SWANSON
Sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) saw action in 19 games before tearing both her ACL and MCL in her left knee in the Concordia-St. Paul contest (1/25/03)...Was a constant in the starting line-up, starting in 18 of her 19 appearances...She was the team’s leader in steals, field goal percentage and rebounds and second in scoring prior to her setback...In the NSIC, she finished first in steals/game (2.53), third in rebounding (7.8), fourth in defensive rebounds/game (5.21), fifth in offensive rebounds/game (2.63), 10th in field goal percentage (.484), 11th in scoring (13.1) and 20th in blocks/game (0.47).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 02-03    19    104-215    .484    3-25    .120    37-47    .787    149    18    9 48    248    13.1
Total    19    104-215    .484    3-25    .120    37-47    .787    149    18    9    48    248 13.1

#10 - AMBER THOMAS
Junior guard/forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) completed her first season at BSU after a two-year playing career at Mt. San Antonio Community College...Logged more minutes near the end of the year as she started in eight of the last nine games...Her first career start came against Wayne State (2/1/03) as she totaled six points, three assists, four steals and tied a personal-best with nine rebounds in 35 minutes...Posted career-high 12 points, on four-for-10 shooting against Northern State (2/21/03)...After averaging 1.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest in the first 16 games, Thomas hit for averages of 4.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in the last 11...Was second on the team in rebounding (4.0) and third in total steals (42) and led or tied for the team-high in rebounds in five of the last eight games...Posted five or more boards in the final six contests including tying for a career-best nine against UM-Crookston (2/8/03)...In the NSIC, Thomas was 10th in steals/game (1.68), 18th in offensive rebounds/game (1.76) and tied for 30th in rebounding (4.0).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 02-03    25    31-103    .301    10-42    .238    12-17    .706    100    26    7 42    84    3.4
Total    25    31-103    .301    10-42    .238    12-17    .706    100    26    7    42    84 3.4

#40 - NICOLE WRIGHT
Sophomore guard/forward Nicole Wright (Mandan, N.D.) saw action in 21 games this season as she nursed a hip flexor injury for the better part of the year...The Metro State College transfer recorded a season-high 23 minutes against St. Cloud State (11/23/02) as she attempted five three-pointers and 10 field goals in recording five points and four rebounds...Hit for five+ points seven times including a personal-best seven points against Winona State (3/1/03)...To finish the year, scored five or more in the last four contests...Amongst the reserves, was second in rebounds (2.4) and minutes per game (14.3)...Grabbed a career-high seven caroms against Finlandia (12/13/02).
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS AVG
‘ 02-03    21    19-82    .232    11-43    .256    10-15    .667    51    12    6 17    59    2.8
Total    21    19-82    .232    11-43    .256    10-15    .667    51    12    6    17    59 2.8

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Three BSU players accrued double-doubles in points and rebounds in their careers. Stacia Swanson has three while Amber Graf and Melissa Bessler have tallied two apiece. 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
Amber Graf (17 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Northern State, 2-21-03
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
Stacia Swanson (14 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 1-25-03
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