Beavers open 2013 at Northern State and MSU Moorhead
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Beavers open 2013 at Northern State and MSU Moorhead

Setting the Scene
Northern State
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Aberdeen, S.D.
6:00 p.m.
Wachs Arena

Opponent: MSU Moorhead
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
Moorhead, Minn.
4:00 p.m.
Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (6-3; 2-3 NSIC, 2-3 NSIC North) begins the New Year on the road for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests Jan. 4-5. BSU travels to Northern State University (7-2; 3-2 NSIC, 3-2 NSIC North) Jan. 4 for a 6 p.m. tilt, followed by a 4 p.m. contest at Minnesota State University Moorhead (5-4; 2-3 NSIC, 2-3 NSIC North).

The Beavers
The Beavers snapped a three-game skid Dec. 15 with a 63-51 victory against Minot State University. BSU lost to University of Mary the night before 78-63. The home team faced a 10-point deficit heading into the locker room against the fellow Beavers, but the second half was a huge improvement, offensively and defensively. The 3-ball got the Beavers back into the contest on the offensive side, guided by senior Shannon Thompson, who hit three, 3-pointers on consecutive possessions (a matter of 1:16 game time) to turn an 11-point deficit into trailing by two. A defensive shift also aided the win, allowing MSU to shoot just 27.3 percent in the second half. Junior Lanae Rash poured in 15 of her team-leading 18 points in the final 20 minutes to close the door on the fellow Beavers and get the win for BSU.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used five different starting line-up combinations this season. (Starters Game-by-Game on page 15)
• BSU averages 70.1 points per game, but has allowed 69.7 per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are fourth in the NSIC in steals with 11.0 per contest.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 25 steals (2.78 spg) to sit tied for fifth in the NSIC, while senior Shannon Thompson owns 19 takeaways to rank tied for 10th.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.89 3-pointers made per game ranks third in the league.
• Junior Kate Warmack’s 9.0 rebounds per game in league play only ranks third.
• With a 58.1 field goal percentage, Warmack ranks fourth in the league, in conference games only, her 59.0 percentage sits third.
• The junior center is also top five in blocks. Her 1.44 blocks per game is fourth, while senior center Emily Kaus ranks tied for 14th with 0.89 blocks per contest.
• With 3.78 assists per game, senior Shannon Thompson ranks tied for eighth in the conference. Her 1.42 assist/turnover ratio ranks ninth.

The Wolves: The Wolves are riding a three game win streak and own a 7-2 overall and 3-2 NSIC record. After starting 4-0, NSU lost its first two league contests, but since have won three in a row, including a 62-51 victory Dec. 14 against St. Cloud State and a 72-42 win against Minnesota Duluth Dec. 15. Both wins came at home and improved the Wolves’ home record to 4-1. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring, guided by Alison Kusler’s 14.8 points per game. Rachel Krogman owns 11.2 points and a team-high 9.1 rebounds per game. Curt Fredrickson is in his 34th season as head coach of Northern State.

All-time Series vs. the Wolves: BSU has just nine all-time wins in 56 games against NSU (9-47), but one of those victories came last season on the road, 56-54 on a lay-up by senior Shannon Thompson with four ticks remaining. The team lost at home 73-60 earlier in 2011-12, before going on the road and snapping a seven-game losing streak versus the Wolves. 

The Dragons: The Dragons are 5-4 overall and 2-3 in NSIC play. MSUM has lost two straight and are 1-3 in its last four games. The Dragons fell 65-50 to Minnesota Duluth Dec. 14 and 79-56 versus St. Cloud State Dec. 15. Both were home games and dropped MSU Moorhead’s home record to 1-2. Three players have found their way into double digit scoring figures, guided by Megan Strese’s 14.3 points per game. Her 10.9 rebounds per contest is a league-best mark. Karla Nelson is in her 13th season as head coach of the Dragons.

All-time Series vs. the Dragons: Bemidji State is 39-55 all-time against the Dragons. BSU and MSUM had a pair of epic battles a season ago, as the Beavers went on the road and stole a 75-68 win in Moorhead, Minn., but fell in a three overtime thriller - the first three OT game in program history - at home 95–93.

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.

200 Career Games
Head coach Mike Curfman coached his 200th game as the Bemidji State head coach Dec. 15 against Minot State and guided the team to a 63-51 victory. He is in his eighth season with a 77-123 record.

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 14.6 points (T-14 in NSIC) and 2.78 steals (T-5 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 34 assists and ranks eighth in the NSIC in the category. Her 203 career assists is 32 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 151 career steals, Thompson sits tied for ninth all-time at BSU, trailing eighth-place Holly Logghe’s 152 career steals. She has 19 steals this season to rank second on the team.

Block Party
Senior Emily Kaus ranks fifth all-time in blocks with 69, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 58 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team with 13 blocks, while Kaus has swatted away eight shots.

Lee for Threeee
Junior Morgan Lee has knocked down 111 3-pointers in her career to sit ninth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 26 3-pointers this season (2.89 per game) to rank third in the NSIC. She made a career-high eight 3-pointers against Mount Mercy, falling one shy of the BSU single game record.

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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).