Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 2:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Local Radio: none
Internet Audio: none
Local Television: KBSU Ch. 17
Play-by-Play: Scott Williams
Web cast and Live stats at home: http://www.bsubeavers.com/multimedia/gameday/
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (4-0; 0-0 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North) hosts University of Minnesota, Crookston (3-1; 0-0 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North)Dec. 1 to open the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season. The contest against the Golden Eagles is set to begin at 2 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
With a 4-0 record, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 1974-75 team posted a 13-0 mark to open its season. Only three teams in program history have started 4-0 or better, prior to this season. The latest victory came at University of Mount Mercy Nov. 20. Junior Morgan Lee’s career-high 32 point performance guided the Beavers to an 85-67 win in their 2012-13 road opener. Lee hit on 8-of-15 shots from beyond the arc, including a 6-for-8 performance in the second half to turn a 30-26 deficit at the break into an 18-point victory. Lee leads the team in scoring with 20.0 points per game.
The Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 3-1 entering NSIC play. UMC lost its season opener 68-60 at Valley City State University, but rebounded with a 85-72 victory at Mayville State University, which was propelled by a 31-point performance from Brittani Wiese. Minnesota, Crookston traveled to Phoenix, Ariz. to play in the Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23-24. The Golden Eagles went 2-0 in the Classic with wins against Fort Lewis University (69-61) and Western New Mexico (84-49). With 16.8 points per game, Wiese leads the squad in scoring, while adding 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Mike Roysland is in his seventh season as head coach at UMC.
All-time Series vs Golden Eagles
BSU looks to snap a six-game losing streak versus UMC. The last victory came Feb. 14, 2009 in Bemidji, Minn. by the score of 78-76. Overall, Bemidji State leads the series 17-13. Head coach Mike Curfman owns a 6-8 record against his former team. Curfman was the head coach at Minnesota, Crookston from 1999-2005.
The Beavers started 3-0 for the first time under Curfman and for the first time since a 3-0 start to the 1990-91 campaign. Now 4-0, this team is the first since the 1974-75 team to begin 4-0, en route to a 13-0 start. The 1971-72 team began its 11-5-1 season 4-0, while the 1970-71 squad opened its season 6-0.
Welcome to BSU
Junior Lanae Rash is in her first season at Bemidji State after transferring from Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minn. She made a heck of a debut for the Beavers against Lakehead Nov. 2. She scored a team-high 24 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in 34 minutes of play. She shot 11-for-19 (57.9%) from the field in the game.
Junior Morgan Lee posted a career-high 32 points at University of Mount Mercy Nov. 20. She posted 32 points on career-best 8-for-15 (53.3%) shooting from 3-point land to propel the Beavers to an 85-67 victory and improve the team’s 2012-13 record to 4-0 – its best start since the 1974-75 season. Lee’s big numbers in 3-pointers made (8) and 3-pointers attempted (15) each fell one short of the program record. Her 32 points ties for seventh on Bemidji State’s single-game scoring list with Heidi Matzke, who scored 32 points at University of Minnesota, Crookston, Feb. 10, 2008.
NSIC Player of the Week
For her efforts against Mount Mercy, Morgan Lee was named NSIC Player of the Week for the first time in her career and the first since Katie Pettit earned the honor Dec. 12, 2009. She was the ## NSIC Player of the Week under head coach Mike Curfman.
Senior guard Shannon Thompson posted a career-high 12 assists at Mount Mercy Nov. 20. The last time a BSU player recorded 10 or more assists was when Katie Pettit dealt 10 assists in an 82-60 victory against Mayville State Nov. 16, 2009 in the season opener. The last 12 or more assist game came when Amy Lawson posted 14 assists Dec. 20, 2007 in 109-85 loss at University of North Dakota.
Hey! Give that Back!
Senior guard Shannon Thompson has stolen a spot on Bemidji State’s career steals list. With 142 career steals, Thompson sits 10th all-time at BSU, trailing ninth-place Beth Buckingham’s 151 career steals. She has 10 steals this season to rank second on the team.
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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).