December 10, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State363672
Upper Iowa203050
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBUIU
FG Percentage.448 (26-58) .243 (17-70)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .130 (3-23)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .520 (13-25)
Offensive Rebounds1120
Defensive Rebounds3623
Total Rebounds4743
Bench Points1515
PointsWarmack - 15
Jacobson - 14
ReboundsWarmack - 9
Jacobson - 8
AssistsThompson - 4
Kieffer - 3
StealsThompson - 3
Kieffer - 3
BlocksKaus - 2
Herrick - 2
Kieffer - 2
Beavers continue stifling defense in 72-50 win at Upper Iowa
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Beavers continue stifling defense in 72-50 win at Upper Iowa

FAYETTE, Iowa – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team continued its stifling defense Saturday, downing Upper Iowa University 72-50 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest in Fayette, Iowa. BSU held the Peacocks to 23.4 percent shooting from the field. The win makes two straight for the Beavers as they move to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in NSIC play.

“We did a really good job of setting the tone on the defensive end and I’m proud of our defensive effort,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “To be 3-1 (in conference) is awesome and to do it on the road makes it even sweeter. It’s early in the conference season, but a lot of encouraging things have come out of these games. I’m happy for the team because they’ve been working hard and have been rewarded with wins.”  

Friday against Winona State University the Beavers were able to hold the Warriors to just 9.1 percent shooting in the second half. Saturday the strong defensive play continued as BSU held Upper Iowa to 17.9 percent in the first half and 32.3 in the second. UIU brought down 20 offensive rebounds, but couldn’t convert the second chance opportunities into points as they took 12 more shots than BSU. The Peacocks put up 23 3-pointers, but could only find the bottom of the net three times.

Sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) missed just one shot from the field for the second consecutive game, going 7-for-8 (87.5%), which included her first-career 3-pointer on her first-career attempt from beyond the arc. She finished with 15 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) posted 13 points and junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) added 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. BSU shot 44.8 percent from the field and won the battle of the boards 47-43.

Freshman Jessi Corrick (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) hit the first shot of the game for BSU and the road team never trailed from then on. The Beavers and Peacocks were tied 4-4 with 15:21 left in the first half, then BSU pulled away with a 16-1 run over 7:11 of game time to take a 20-5 advantage with 8:10 left in the frame. The Beavers extended the lead to 18 at 25-7 with 6:58 left on a Thompson 3-pointer before taking a 16 point advantage into the locker room at 36-20.

BSU opened its first 20-plus point advantage 1:44 into the second half at 41-20 as Warmack converted on a jumper. The lead never dipped below 19 for the rest of the game as the Beavers saw a 22 point victory once the final buzzer went. Thirteen different Beavers saw the court in the game with nine scoring.
The Beavers are 3-3 on the road this season. The last time BSU won back-to-back NSIC road games was the same trip in 2009-10, getting wins against WSU and UIU. BSU has limited its opponents to 34.4 percent from the field this conference season - all on the road - which ranks third in the NSIC. While on offensive, the Beavers are shooting at a 44.1 percent clip in the four league games to rank second.

The Beavers return to the BSU Gymnasium for their NSIC home opener Dec. 16-17 against Northern State University and University of Mary, respectfully. The contest against NSU is set for a 6 p.m. start, while the U-Mary game is slated for a 4 p.m. tip.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).