Beavers close 2012 calendar year hosting U-Mary and Minot State
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Beavers close 2012 calendar year hosting U-Mary and Minot State

Setting the Scene
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Bemidji, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

Opponent: Minot State
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Bemidji, Minn.
4:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (5-2; 1-2 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC North) hosts a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests at BSU Gymnasium to close the 2012 calendar year Dec. 14-15. BSU welcomes University of Mary (5-3; 1-2 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC North) Dec. 14 for a 6 p.m. tilt, followed by a 4 p.m. contest against Minot State University (4-1; 2-1 NSIC, 2-1 NSIC North).

The Beavers
The Beavers suffered its first two losses of the season Dec. 7-8 with a 81-53 setback at St. Cloud State University and a 65-50 loss at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers trailed early in both contests, while turnovers and second chance points hindered any sort of comeback by BSU. The losses snapped a five-game win streak that stands as the longest win streak under head coach Mike Curfman. Junior Kate Warmack was the most consistent player for Bemidji State in the losses, as she averaged 12 points and seven rebounds. She is averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season. Junior Lanae Rash leads BSU with 14.3 points per game. The team enters the weekend with a perfect 4-0 home record in 2012-13.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman will coach his 200th game as the Bemidji State head coach Saturday against Minot State. He is in his eighth season with a 76-122 record.
• Saturday’s contest against Minot State is the first BSU-MSU contest as league members, as Minot State is in its first year in the NSIC.
• Curfman has used five different starting line-up combinations this season.
• BSU is third in the league in scoring with 72.1 points per game, but has allowed the 15th most points with 71.1 per contest.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 21 steals (3.0 spg) to sit tied for third in the NSIC.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.86 3-pointers made per game ranks fourth in the league.
• With a 60.9 field goal percentage, junior Kate Warmack ranks fifth in the league, in conference games only, her 65.2 percentage sits third, while junior Ellie Wessling’s 64.3 percentage in NSIC only is fourth.
• Warmack’s 9.0 rebounds per game in league play only ranks fourth.
• With 4.3 assists per game, senior Shannon Thompson ranks seventh in the conference.

The Marauders: The University of Mary women’s basketball team (5-3; 1-2 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC North) are coming off a 1-1 NSIC home weekend. After defeating Northern State University 78-66, the Marauders fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead 63-60. Senior Ali Collins posted 24 points and a career-high 11 assists in the win against the Wolves. She leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game and her 5.1 assists per game guides U-Mary and ranks third in the league. Senior Shaunna Knife is averaged 13.4 points and a team-best 9.9 rebounds per game. The Marauders are coached by Rick Neumann, who is in his first season at U-Mary.   

All-time Series vs. the Marauders: The Beavers are 2-10 all-time against U-Mary, which includes a 0-2 result a season ago. BSU lost 81-77 at home and 77-59 in Bismarck, N.D. The last time the Beavers defeated the Marauders was a 71-61 home victory Jan. 16, 2010 (0-4 since last win). 

The Beavers: The Minot State University women’s basketball team (4-1; 2-1 NSIC, 2-1 NSIC North) split a home NSIC weekend Dec. 7-8 with a 73-57 victory against MSU Moorhead before falling to Northern State 72-57. Senior Sacarra Molina guided the Beavers to victory versus the Dragons with 23 points and eight rebounds (both game-highs). She is second on the team in points (17.4 ppg) and rebounds (5.2 rpg) to junior Carly Boag’s 19.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Boag ranks second in the NSIC in scoring and 10th in rebounding. Minot State head coach Sheila Green-Gerding.

All-time Series vs. the Beavers: Bemidji State is 2-4 all-time against Minot State, with the last meeting, an 81-78 home loss, coming Jan. 2, 1991. BSU has lost two straight to MSU, with its last win coming Jan. 4, 1990 by the score of 78-69 at home.

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. The team’s 5-0 start was 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. She now leads the team with 14.3 points (T-15 in NSIC) and 3.0 steals (T-3 in NSIC) per 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. She has a team-high 30 assists and ranks seventh in the NSIC in the category. Her 199 career assists is 36 shy of cracking BSU’s career assists list.

Hey! Give that Back!
Senior guard Shannon Thompson has stolen a spot on Bemidji State’s career steals list. With 149 career steals, Thompson sits 10th all-time at BSU, trailing ninth-place Beth Buckingham’s 151 career steals. She has 17 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).