Beavers set to begin NSIC play at Dragons and Golden Eagles
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Beavers set to begin NSIC play at Dragons and Golden Eagles
Setting the Scene
Opponent: MSU Moorhead
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Location: Moorhead, Minn.
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
Gymnasium: Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse
Capacity: 4,000

Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Location: Crookston, Minn.
Tip-off: 4 p.m.
Gymnasium: Lysaker Gymnasium
Capacity: 3,000

Multimedia
Local Radio:    none
Internet Audio: none
Local Television: none
Web cast: www.pennatlantic.com

Internet Audio (MSUM): http://www.theeagle.tv
Live Stats (MSUM): http://web.mnstate.edu/livestats/basketball/xlive.htm

Internet Audio (UMC): http://kroxam.com/
Live Stats (UMC): http://netfiles.umn.edu/users/bakke044/livestats/xlive.htm

The Weekend

The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (2-2; 0-0 NSIC) is set to open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Dec. 2-3 as it travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 2 for a 6 p.m. contest and University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3 for a 4 p.m. tip-off.        

The Beavers
The Beavers went 0-2 at the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 25-26 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. BSU fell 74-45 to host Nova Southeastern Nov. 25 before losing to Palm Beach Atlantic by the score of 73-57 Nov. 26. BSU struggled from the field in both games, shooting 28.4 percent on the weekend. The Beavers also had troubles finding a handle on the ball is they turned the ball over a total of 48 times, resulting in a 56-16 disadvantage in points off turnovers.
    Senior guard Samantha Baldwin averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game on the weekend. Sophomore center Kate Warmack tied her career-high in rebounds with 11 in the loss to Palm Beach Atlantic as BSU won the glass 47-34.         

The Dragons

The Dragons (2-1) return to Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse after going 1-1 Nov. 25-26 in the Montana State University, Billings tournament. MSUM lost the Nov. 25 battle to Montana State University, Northern 65-61, and defeated host-Montana State Billings, 78-71 Nov. 26. Senior forward Angie Jetvig led the team both nights. In the win she posted a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, en route to earning all-tournament honors. She leads the team in points (20.0 ppg) and rebounds (12.0 rpg) this season. The Dragons are coached by Karla Nelson (12th season).
 
All-time Series vs the Dragons
The Beavers and Dragons have met 92 times in their history with MSU Moorhead holding a 55-38 advantage, including the last six contests. BSU last defeated the Dragons Feb. 2, 2008 at the BSU Gymnasium with a 92-91 overtime victory. Last season MSUM defeated the Beavers 74-46 (at BSU) and 84-74 (at MSUM). Head coach Mike Curfman is 2-11 at BSU against the Dragons and 4-22 in his head coaching career.

The Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles went 2-1 on the road last week in nonconference play. They defeated Valley City State Nov. 22 76-60, then headed to the Radisson Roseville Classic in St. Paul, Minn. Nov. 25-26 and fell to then-No. 9 Michigan Tech University (62-52) before downing Mount Mercy College (82-67). Junior guard Brittani Wiese led UMC in the three games with 13.3 points per game. She also dished a team-high 11 assists and earned a team-high seven steals in the three contests. Senior forward Megan Eul recorded 11.3 points per game and led the team with six rebounds per contest and was named to the 2011 Radisson Roseville Classic All-Tournament team. The Golden Eagles are guided by sixth-year head coach and Bemidji State alumni Mike Roysland.

All-time Series vs the Golden Eagles

Historically the Beavers have bested the Golden Eagles since first doing battle in 1996. BSU owns a 17-10 all-time record against UMC, but have lost its last three and are 1-4 in the last five meetings. Last season the Golden Eagles swept the season series with a 91-82 victory in Bemidji and an 84-63 win in Crookston. Head coach Mike Curfman, who served as head coach at UMC from 1999-03, is 6-6 as the Bemidji State coach against the Golden Eagles. 
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