Beavers entertain two nationally ranked opponents
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Beavers entertain two nationally ranked opponents

Setting the Scene
Opponent:
Augustana
Date:
Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Location:
Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off:
6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
BSU Gymnasium
Capacity:
2,500

Opponent: Wayne State
Date:
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Location:
Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off:
4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
BSU Gymnasium
Capacity:
2,500

Multimedia
Local Radio:
none
         Play-by-play:
none
Internet Audio:
none
Local Television:
KBSU Ch. 17
         Play-by-Play:
Scott Williams
Web cast:
http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal#
Live Stats:
http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?gid=bem&sport=bbgame&gender=w&t=1

The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (6-5; 2-5 NSIC, 2-5 NSIC North) hosts two nationally ranked opponents Jan. 11-12 when Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-foes No. 13 Augustana College (9-2; 5-2 NSIC, 5-2 NSIC South) and No. 22 Wayne State College (8-3; 4-3 NSIC, 4-3 NSIC South) visit BSU Gymnasium. Friday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s contest is scheduled to tip at 4 p.m.

The Beavers
The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 4-5 with losses at Northern State University (53-50) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (75-55). BSU has lost five of the last six games. The Beavers held a 48-46 lead with five minutes remaining in regulation against NSU, but failed to score until two free throws handed it a 50-49 advantage with 1:38 showing on the clock. But that would be the last points scored by the road team in the three-point loss. BSU knocked down four 3-pointers in the first nine minutes against MSU Moorhead and held a 16-11 lead, but the Beavers would only hit one more from downtown after that. Cold shooting the rest of the way and 25 turnovers led to the 20-point loss. Junior Morgan Lee averaged 16.5 points in the weekend and owns 13.6 points per game.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used six different starting line-up combinations this season. The combination of freshman Emily Reichert, junior Morgan Lee, junior Lanae Rash, junior Jessie Althoff and junior Kate Warmack has started three times and is 2-1. (Starters Game-by-Game on page 15)
• BSU averages 66.9 points per game, but has allowed 68.6 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are sixth in the NSIC in steals with 9.73 per contest.
• BSU has yet to shoot more free throws than its opponent in a game this season.
• Warmack posted six blocks in the loss to MSU Moorhead Jan. 5 to tie the program record for blocks in a game. She ranks tied for first in the league for most block shots in a game. Overall, her 1.73 blocks per game ranks second in the league, while the 2.14 blocks per game in NSIC play is a conference best.
• Senior Emily Kaus is tied for ninth (1.09 bpg) in all games and tied for fifth (1.29 bpg) in conference play in the blocks category.
• Warmack’s 60.0 shooting percentage from the field ranks No. 1 in the NSIC. Her 6.8 rebounds per game is 15th.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 2.50 steals per game to sit seventh in the NSIC, while senior Shannon Thompson owns 2.11 spg to rank 10th.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.82 3-pointers made per game ranks tied for second in the league.
• With 3.78 assists per game, senior Shannon Thompson ranks eighth in the conference. Her 1.42 assist/turnover ratio ranks tied for sixth.

The Vikings: The No. 13 Augustana College women’s basketball team won its first nine games of the season before falling in two NSIC home games Jan. 4-5. Augie lost to Minnesota State 80-79 Friday before suffering a 70-61 setback to Concordia-St. Paul Saturday. Five Vikings are averaging 9.5 points per game or better, guided by senior Alex Feeney’s 13.5 points per game. Augustana is averaging 80.5 points per game - an NSIC best - and is holding its opponent to 58.9 points per contest.

All-time Series vs. the Vikings: The Beavers are 2-10 all-time against Augustana, but won the last meeting at home 79–78 Jan. 8, 2011. In that win, Morgan Lee and Jessie Althoff tallied 11 points each, while Lee added five rebounds and three assists. Last season in Sioux Falls, S.D., BSU fell 91-69. 

The Wildcats: The No. 22 Wayne State College women’s basketball team split a home NSIC weekend Jan. 4-5 with a 56-46 loss against Concordia-St. Paul before defeating Minnesota State 78-56. The Wildcats started 6-1 before going 2-2 in the last four games. WSC is 1-2 on the road this season. Sophomore Jordan Spencer has led the team in scoring seven times and rebounding on five occasions to post team-bests 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

All-time Series vs. the Wildcats: The Beavers are 13-25 all-time against Wayne State and are 1-6 in the last seven meetings. Last season, BSU fell 74-49. The last win came Jan.  3, 2010 at home by the score of 83-79.

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 14.2 points (15th in NSIC) and 2.50 steals (7th 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 mark established a career-high, ranks first in the league in 2012-13 and is tied for ninth in the NCAA this season. 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. Thompson 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 73, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 64 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team with 19 blocks, while Kaus has swatted away 12 shots. Warmack posted a career-high six blocks in a loss at MSU Moorhead Jan. 5. That mark tied a BSU program record (Christine Schulze, 1999-2000) and tied the league’s single game high. Kaus added four blocks and the Beavers totaled 11 in the game to establish a new program record for blocks in a game. It also sits second by an NSIC team this season.

Lee for Threeee
Junior Morgan Lee has knocked down 116 3-pointers in her career to sit tied for seventh on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 31 3-pointers this season (2.82 per game) to tied for second 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).

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