Beavers pegged 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Beavers pegged 13th in NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn.  – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was placed 13th in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll Thursday in a release from the league office. Junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.), a 2011-12 Second Team All-NSIC selection, was named BSU’s Player to Watch.

With the addition of Minot State University and University of Sioux Falls to the league this season, the 16-team conference has split into a North and South Divisions. Bemidji State earned 56 points in the overall poll for 13th and earned 15 points in the North Division poll to sit seventh.

Augustana College was the unanimous favorite with all the possible first place votes for 225 points. University of Minnesota Duluth garnered the second spot in the poll with 190 points, followed by NSIC Champion and NCAA Elite Eight participants Wayne State College who totaled 183 points, Minnesota State University, Mankato was fourth with 177 points, while University of Mary grabbed the final first place vote and posted 171 points for the fifth place slot.

Minnesota Duluth earned five first place votes and 46 points to take the top spot in the North Division, followed by U-Mary in second with 41 points and a first place nod. St. Cloud State University was third with 34 points and Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University each totaled 31 points with a first place vote to tie for fourth.

The NSIC North Division Player of the Year was Katrina Newman from Minnesota Duluth, while Augustana’s Alex Feeney as named NSIC South Division Player of the Year.

BSU Player to Watch – Morgan Lee (Jr., G, Hayward, Wis. / Hayward HS)
Lee emerged as one of the top 3-point shooting players in the league in 2011-12 and was named Second Team All-NSIC for her abilities on the court. She played in all 27 games (25 starts) and guided the Beavers in conference play with 13.4 points per game that ranked 12th in the NSIC. A sharp-shooter from downtown, Lee’s 55 3-pointers made (2.50 made per game) finished second in the league and her 40.4 percentage from beyond the arc ranked 12th. She totaled three or more 3-pointers in a game 10 times, including a 5-for-10 performance against Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 20, en route to 21 points. Lee followed that performance going 4-for-6 from 3-point land Jan. 21 and recorded her first-career back-to-back 20-point performances with 20 points. In all, she recorded a team-best three 20 point games in conference play and scored in double-figures 17 times, including the final eight games of the season. She played in 28.09 minutes per game to sit 28th in the NSIC, added 2.6 rebounds per game and shot 82.5 percent from the charity stripe. In all games, Lee finished with 13.1 points per game and totaled 353 points to rank fourth among BSU’s scoring leaders in the last 12 seasons.

The Beavers welcome nine student-athletes from last year’s roster. BSU opens competition with an 7 p.m. exhibition contest at University of North Dakota Nov. 1, before beginning regular season play Nov. 2 with a home game against Lakehead University (Ontario) starting at 7 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.

The NSIC regular season champion will be based on the 22-game NSIC schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be named. The 16-team NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played Feb. 27 and March 2 at the highest seed, while the semifinals and championship will be March 8-9 at Taylor Arena in Rochester, Minn.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Overall

Points

North Division

Pts

1. Augustana (15)

225

1. Minnesota Duluth (5)

46

2. Minnesota Duluth

190

2. University of Mary (1)

41

3. Wayne State

183

3. St. Cloud State 

34

4. Minnesota State

177

4. MSU Moorhead (1)

31

5. University of Mary (1)

171

    Northern State (1)

31

6. Winona State 

160

6. Minnesota, Crookston

17

7. Concordia-St. Paul

145

7. Bemidji State 

15

8. St. Cloud State 

118

8. Minot State 

9

9. Sioux Falls

110

South Division

Pts

10. Northern State 

107

1. Augustana (7)

49

11. MSU Moorhead

104

2. Minnesota State (1)

38

12. Minnesota, Crookston

70

3. Wayne State  

35

13. Bemidji State  

56

4. Concordia- St. Paul

31

14. Southwest Minnesota State 

47

5. Winona State 

30

15. Minot State 

37

6. Sioux Falls

21

16. Upper Iowa 

20

7. SMSU

13

first place votes in ( )

 

8. Upper Iowa 

7

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