Beavers head to Augustana and No. 8 Wayne State
Friday, January 6, 2012
Beavers head to Augustana and No. 8 Wayne State
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Augustana College
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012
Location: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Elmen Center
Capacity: 4,000

Setting the Scene

Opponent: Wayne State College
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Location: Wayne, Neb.
Tip-off: 2:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Rice Auditorium
Capacity: 2,500

Multimedia
Local Radio: none
    Play-by-play: none
Internet Audio: none
Local Television: none
    Play-by-Play: none  
Web cast: http://www.pennatlantic.com
Multimedia at Augie: http://www.goaugie.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball&
Multimedia at WSC: http://www.wscwildcats.com/sports/2008/8/29/broadcast.aspx?tab=internetbroadcasts
        
The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (5-7; 3-4 NSIC) heads to Augustana College and No. 8 Wayne State College in hopes of snapping a four-game losing streak, as the Beavers do battle in a couple Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests Jan. 7-8. BSU will play the Vikings at 4 p.m. Jan. 7 and the Wildcats at 2 p.m. Jan. 8.   

Midco Sports Network
Both BSU men’s and women’s basketball games at Augustana College Jan. 7 will be televised live on Midcontinent Communication’s Midco Sports Network.  

The Beavers
BSU is 5-7 overall and 3-4 (three-way tie for eighth in league standings) in NSIC play after falling to University of Minnesota Duluth Jan. 3, 74-54 at the BSU Gymnasium. The loss was the Beavers’ fourth straight and third straight in the NSIC (all at home). BSU does tout a 3-1 road record in conference games this season. The Beavers are led in scoring by sophomore Morgan Lee. Her 12.9 points per game ranks ninth in the NSIC.

Fast Break
• The Beavers are stuck on 499 program wins, looking for 500 this weekend.
• Sophomore Kate Warmack’s 57.4 percent from the field in conference games ranks fourth in the NSIC.
• BSU leads the league in NSIC games only with a 82.0 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 80.0 percentage overall ranks second in the league and fifth in the nation. The Beavers have five players in the top 15 in the league in free throw percentage, led by sophomore Ellie Wessling’s 89.7 percent from the line which ranks third in the league.
• In league games only, the Beavers are touting three players in the top 21 for scoring. Sophomore Morgan Lee (13.7 ppg - 9th), Warmack (12.4 ppg - T13th) and junior Shannon Thompson (11.4 ppg - 21st).
• Senior Samantha Baldwin ranks fourth in league games in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.41 mark.
• The Beavers are averaging 67.6 points per NSIC game this season to rank fourth, but are allowing 70.0 points per game to rank 12th.
• BSU is 4-1 when it has a lead or is tied at halftime.

Last Time Out
The Beavers stayed with the Bulldogs through the first 12 minutes of the game, down four at 21-17, but UMD would go on a 10-2 over the next five minutes to own a double-digit lead at 31-19. BSU trailed by nine at the half, 36-27. The Beavers got the first bucket of the second half to cut the deficit to seven, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way, en route to the 20 point loss. UMD’s Katrina Newman scored 30 points for the Bulldogs, while sophomore Morgan Lee led BSU with 15.  

The Vikings
The Vikings are riding a three-game winning streak heading into the weekend, downing St. Cloud State (77-60) and Concordia-St. Paul (80-77) on the road Jan. 2-3. In conference games this season, the Vikings are leading the league in scoring with 77.2 points per game, 3-point percentage with a 38.7 percent clip, blocks (6.00 bpg) and assists with 15.75 helpers per contest. Augie is led in scoring (15.2 ppg) and rebounding  (7.8 rpg) by Alex Feeney. Dave Krauth is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Vikings.
    
All-time Series vs the Vikings
The Vikings have dominated the all-time series 9-2 with one BSU win coming in the first meeting in 1983 and the other coming just last season with BSU downing then-No. 21 Augie 79-78 at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Wildcats
The Wildcats are the No. 8 team in the nation with their 13-1 overall record. WSC has a 7-1 conference record and are 8-0 at home in 2011-12. Wayne State has won four straight since its one loss to University of Mary Dec. 10. The Wildcats defeated Concordia-St. Paul 53-50 and St. Cloud State 59-50 Jan. 2-3 on the road. In conference games WSC has the best scoring defense (52.2 ppg allowed) and field goal percentage (45.0%). Ashley Arlen leads the team and the NSIC in points per game with 18.4. Chris Kielsmeier has been at the helm at Wayne State for four seasons.  
    
All-time Series vs the Wildcats
The Beavers and Wildcats have met every season since 1993 with WSC owning the all-time advantage 24-13. BSU is 1-4 in the last five contests, last winning 83-79 Jan. 3, 2010 at the BSU Gymnasium. Last season the Wildcats downed the Beavers 64-44 in Bemidji.
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