Beavers travel to SCSU and UMD for NSIC roadie
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Beavers travel to SCSU and UMD for NSIC roadie

Setting the Scene
St. Cloud State
Date: Friday,
Dec. 7, 2012
St. Cloud, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
Halenbeck Hall

Minnesota Duluth
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
Duluth, Minn.
4:00 p.m.
Romano Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (5-0; 1-0 NSIC, 1-0 NSIC North) takes to the road Dec. 7-8 for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference trip to St. Cloud State University (5-0; 1-0 NSIC, 1-0 NSIC North) and University of Minnesota Duluth (3-2; 0-1 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North). The contest against the Huskies is set for an 8 p.m. start, while the contest versus the Bulldogs is slated for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

The Beavers
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in NSIC play after downing University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1 74-66 in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers gained a small lead with five minutes remaining in the first half and never relinquished it back to UMC for the rest of the game. The win was the first against the Golden Eagles since Feb. 14, 2009 (0-6 in that time). Junior Kate Warmack posted her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds that tied a career-high. Three other players also found double-figures, led by 16 points from junior Ellie Wessling. Junior Lanae Rash added 14 points and eight rebounds, while senior Shannon Thompson contributed 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals. 

Season Shot Clock
• The Beavers are 5-0 for the first time since starting 13-0 in 1974-75.
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used five different starting line-up combinations.
• BSU is third in the league in scoring with 80.4 points per game, but has allowed the 15th most points with 70.4 per contest.
• With a +5.8 turnover margin, the Beavers rank third in the league.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 17.6 points per game average sits tied for fourth in the NSIC. Her 3.8 3-pointers made per game ranks first in the league.
• With 5.4 assists per game, senior Shannon Thompson ranks second in the conference.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 15 steals to sit tied for second in the NSIC.

The Huskies
The Huskies are 5-0 overall and 1-0 in NSIC play after defeating Minnesota Duluth 80-60 Dec.1 behind a pair of 24-point performances from junior Sam Price and sophomore Jessica Benson. Price shot 5-for-9 from 3-point land and Benson added six rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Senior Nicole Anderson scored 18 points and posted eight rebounds and eight assists. Price and Benson are each averaging 17.4 points per game to lead the team. The squad is outscoring its opponent 76.4-53.0 this season. Lori Fish is in her fifth season as head coach at SCSU.

All-time Series vs. the Huskies
The Beavers are 1-4 in the last five meetings with St. Cloud State, including a 74-66 loss at home last season. The last win came at home Feb. 6, 2010 by the score of 70-63. The last time BSU defeated SCSU in St. Cloud, Minn. was Dec. 21, 1993, 90-62. The Beavers trail the all-time series 14-31.  

The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are 3-2 overall and 0-1 in NSIC play. After winning two straight to move to 3-1, UMD traveled to SCSU and fell 80-60. Junior Katrina Newman scored 21 points in the loss and leads the team with 18.2 points per game, which is also good for third in the NSIC. Her 10.0 rebounds per contest ranks second in the league. The Bulldogs are averaging 69.4 points per game, while allowing 68.4 per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC. Annette Wiles is in her fifth season as head coach at UMD.

All-time Series vs. the Bulldogs
BSU has lost to Minnesota Duluth in eight straight meetings, with their last win coming Dec. 16, 2007 in Bemidji, Minn. by the score of 83-64. The last victory in Duluth, Minn. occurred Jan. 21, 1987, by the score of 64-62. BSU trails the all-time series 29-59.

Fast Start
The Beavers started 3-0 for the first time under head coach Mike Curfman and for the first time since a 3-0 start to the 1990-91 campaign. Now 5-0, this team is the first since the 1974-75 team to begin 5-0, en route to a 13-0 start. 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.

Dirty 30s
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.

Let’s Dish!
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 146 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).