Beavers host Mayville State in nonconference action
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Beavers host Mayville State in nonconference action

Setting the Scene
Mayville State
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
Bemidji, Minn.
7:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team finds itself in a similar situation as last weekend, playing host to a nonconference opponent. Nov. 9, the Beavers look to face Mayville State University out of Mayville, N.D. The contest will mark the team’s third of four nonconference games in 2012-13 and its third straight home game. BSU begins conference play at home Dec. 1 against University of Minnesota, Crookston after its final nonconference game at Mount Mercy University Nov. 20.

The Beavers
The Beavers swept Lakehead University (Ontario) last weekend with outstanding performances from newcomer Lanae Rash (Jr., G) and 2011-12 Second Team All-NSIC honoree, Morgan Lee (Jr., G). Rash and Lee both averaged a team-leading 17.0 points per game while playing in at least 25 minutes per game. Rash managed to tally 12 boards and six assists on the weekend, while her counterpart at the guard position pulled in 10 rebounds and five steals. Strong defensive pressure was a key in BSU’s weekend game plan, forcing the opponent into 46 turnovers and the Beavers took advantage scoring 45 points off of the giveaways. As a team, the Beavers shot 41.6 percent from the field and held the opposing Thunderwolves to only 36.6 percent.

Mike Curfman is in his eighth year as a head women’s basketball coach for the Beavers. Curfman has directed Bemidji State University to a 73-120 overall record (.378), while posting a 42-92 (.313) mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Curfman is the third-longest tenured coach in the programs history, trailing only Doreen Zierer who coached 12 seasons (1990-2002) and Ruth Howe who coached the programs’ first 10 seasons (1967-77). With a 77-72 victory against Upper Iowa University Feb. 24, 2012, Curfman moved into third on BSU’s all-time coaching victories list with 71 and trails Zierer (129) and Howe (95).

The Comets: The Comets are 5-1 entering Friday’s match-up against the Beavers. After defeating Briercrest College twice, Mayville State won the Jamestown Classic Tournament in Jamestown, N.D. and extended its win streak to four games. A 1-1 finish in the Dakota Wesleyan Classic ended its streak after a loss to Dakota Weleyan University. The Comets faced North Dakota in an exhibition Nov. 6 and fell 79-58. The Comets return 10 players from last year’s roster including Hailey Longtin who averaged a team-leading 14.9 points per game on 39.0 percent shooting from the field. In the 2012-13 season she is currently second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game, behind junior Marcisa McMilan who is averaging 14.7 points per game and shooting 71.4. percent from the field.  

All-time Series vs Mayville State: Bemidji State and Mayville State have met a total of 32 times dating back to the first game in 1971 in which Bemidji State came out with a 48-24 victory. The all-time series is in the Beavers’ favor with Bemidji State leading 27-5 and are on a six-game win streak versus the Comets. Head Coach Mike Curfman is 6-1 in his career against Mayville State with his last victory on Nov. 19, 2011 in Bemidji. The game featured offensive dominance by the Beavers who scored 100 points in the win. Center Kate Warmack scored a career-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds to record her first career double-double.

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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).