Beavers host Golden Eagles and Dragons in home contests
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Beavers host Golden Eagles and Dragons in home contests
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Setting the Scene
Opponent: MSU Moorhead
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Multimedia

Local Radio: KKBJ Talk Radio 1360 AM
    Play-by-play: Mark Ricci
Internet Audio: www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television: KBSU Ch. 17
    Play-by-Play: Brett Leach  
Web cast: http://www.pennatlantic.com
Live stats: http://www.bsubeavers.com/media/livestats/wbasketball/xlive.htm

The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-13, 6-10 NSIC) will be at home four of its last six games, starting with Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests against University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead Feb. 10-11. BSU hosts the Golden Eagles at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 and the Dragons at 4 p.m. Feb. 11, which will serve as BSU’s Play 4Kay game.       

The Beavers
The Beavers are 8-13 overall and 6-10 in NSIC play to sit 10th in the league standings. The Beavers are 3-2 in their last five games, but recently fell at University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4 60-39. The squad will look to shake a 25 percent shooting performance at UMD Feb. 10-11 - its lowest shooting performance of the season. BSU has the best free throw percentage in the NSIC (No. 5 nationally), shooting at a 78.3 clip. The Beavers shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc to sit second in the league. Sophomore Morgan Lee is sixth in the NSIC in 3-point percentage (42.4%) and her 13.0 points per game ranks 13th. Sophomore Kate Warmack has 12.0 points per game and a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.

Play 4Kay
Saturday’s contest will serve as the annual breast cancer awareness game at Bemidji State. Play 4Kay is the nation-wide campaign by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The BSU women’s team will be wearing pink T-shirts during warm-ups to show its support for the cause.
    Mission: The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will is the official charity of the initiative.

Fast Break
• The Beavers recorded their 500th program win Jan. 20 with a 72-71 victory against Minnesota State.
• BSU has 66.0 points per game in NSIC contests only and have allowed 71.1 points per game to rank 13th in the league.
• BSU leads the league in NSIC games only with a 78.6 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 78.3 percentage overall mark leads the league and ranks 5th in the nation. The Beavers have three players in the top 15 in the league in free throw percentage, led by junior Shannon Thompson’s 85.5 percent from the line which ranks third in the league.
• The Beavers are touting four players in the NSIC’s top 30 for scoring in league games - sophomore Morgan Lee (13.3 ppg - 12th), sophomore Kate Warmack (11.6 ppg - 18th), Thompson (10.2 ppg - 29th) and senior Samantha Baldwin (10.0 ppg - t-30th).
• Thompson has 36 steals (1.8 spg) this season to sit seventh in the NSIC and her 64 assists (3.2 apg) also ranks seventh in the conference.
• Warmack ranks seventh in the NSIC in field goal percentage, shooting at a 48.2 percent clip.
• The Beavers are third in NSIC contests this season with a 35.8 percentage from downtown.
• Lee has made 40 3-pointers in league games this season to rank third in the category and average 2.50 3-pointers made per game. Her 44.4 percentage from beyond the arc ranks fifth in league games this season.
• BSU is 6-1 when it has a lead or is tied at halftime.
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used seven different starting line-ups this season, the tandem of Baldwin, Thompson, freshman Jessi Corrick, Lee and Warmack has been together the last five games and have posted a 3-2 record. Overall that group has heard their names called 11 times for a 6-5 record.

Last Time Out
The Beavers shot 25 percent and scored a season-low 39 points in a 60-39 loss at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4. BSU got off to a slow start and never could recover in the loss. Sophomore Morgan Lee scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the second half. Freshman Paige Tompkins tied a career-high and posted a team-best in rebounds with six.

The Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 8-12 overall and 5-11 in NSIC play this season to rank 12th in the league standings. UMC has lost its last five games. During the losing streak, the Golden Eagles are being outscored by an 11.0 points per game margin. Brittani Wiese guides the team in points (15.2 ppg) and assists (3.6 apg) per game, while Megan Eul is averaging 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. UMC is coached by Mike Roysland, who in his sixth season.   
    
All-time Series vs the Golden Eagles
The Beavers and Golden Eagles have met every season since 1995-96 with BSU holding the all-time 17-12 advantage, but UMC has won the last five straight. The Beavers fell Dec. 3 in Crookston, Minn. 82-66. Last season in Bemidji, BSU fell 83-55.   

The Dragons
The Dragons are 11-9 overall and 8-8 in NSIC play to sit seventh in the league standings. After a slow start to the conference season, MSU Moorhead has won its last five games by a 12.8 points per game margin. During that stretch Angie Jetvig has averaged 19.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and on the season has posted 17.5 points (second in the NSIC) and 10.1 rebounds per game (first in the NSIC). Karla Nelson is in her 12th season as head coach of the Dragons.  
    
All-time Series vs the Dragons
The Beavers got the Dragons 75-68 in Moorhead, Minn. Dec. 2 to open NSIC play and snap a six-game losing streak against MSUM. BSU has just three wins in the last 16 meetings and are 39-54 against MSU Moorhead all-time. Last season in Bemidji the Beavers fell 74-46 to the Dragons.
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