Warriors and Peacocks next for Beavers in Jan. 18-19 road trip
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Warriors and Peacocks next for Beavers in Jan. 18-19 road trip

Setting the Scene
Winona State
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Winona, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
McCown Gymnasium

Upper Iowa
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Fayette, Iowa
6:00 p.m.
Dorman Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (7-7; 3-7 NSIC, 3-5 NSIC North) travels south Jan. 18-19 to complete a three-game road trip at Winona State University (12-5; 6-4 NSIC, 6-2 NSIC South) and Upper Iowa University (4-13; 1-9 NSIC, 1-7 NSIC South) in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. Both games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The Beavers
The Beavers snapped a four-game losing skid with a 58-48 victory at University of Minnesota, Crookston Jan. 15. BSU and UMC stayed within a couple possessions of each other for most of the contest until BSU started a run with 6:30 left in regulation. Up two at 44-42, the Beavers posted a 10-2 run that handed them a 54-44 lead with just 43 seconds left in the game. During the run, BSU got eight straight points from junior Lanae Rash to seal the win for the road team. Junior Morgan Lee scored 14 points and added six rebounds, while Rash totaled 12 points. Junior Kate Warmack posted her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 50 percent from the floor and owns a 57.5 shooting percentage this season to rank second the NSIC.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used nine 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.
• BSU averages 64.7 points per game and has allowed 70.3 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are fifth in the NSIC in steals with 9.36 per contest.
• BSU has yet to make more free throws than its opponent in a game this season. The Beavers are 1-0 in games where they make the same amount of free throws than their opponent.
• 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 1.43 blocks per game ranks third in the league, while the 1.60 blocks per game in NSIC play is also third.
• Senior Emily Kaus is tied for seventh (1.0 bpg) in all games and tied for eighth (1.10 bpg) in conference play in the blocks category.
• Kaus and Warmack have guided BSU to the fifth spot on the conference blocked shots list with 3.36 blocks per game.
• Warmack’s 57.5 shooting percentage from the field ranks No. 2 in the NSIC (57.8 in NSIC only is third). Her 7.4 rebounds per game is 12th, in NSIC games her 8.3 rebounds per game is sixth.
• Warmack has five double-doubles this season, tied for the second most in the league this season.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 2.15 steals per game to sit 9th in the NSIC.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.57 3-pointers made per game ranks fourth in the league.

The Warriors: The Warriors used a 70-61 road victory at Upper Iowa Jan. 15 to stop a two-game losing streak and imrpove to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in league play. WSU fell to University of Mary (74-62) and Minot State University (59-57) Jan. 11-12 on the road. The Warriors are 7-2 at home this season, which includes a 74-35 victory against then-No. 12 Wayne State College. Senior Becca Friestleben has led the team in scoring in eight games and is the team’s points leader with 16.8 per contest. Senior Michelle Tobin is averaging 10.0 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game. Scott Ballard is in his eighth season as the Winona State bench boss.

All-time Series vs. the Warriors: BSU went 1-1 with Winona State last season, but are 1-4 in the last five meetings and are 43-29 all-time against the Warriors. On the road a season ago, BSU won 69-62.  

The Peacocks: The Peacocks started the season 3-1, but posted an 0-6 record to begin league play. UIU’s lone victory in its 1-9 NSIC record is a home win against Southwest Minnesota State University by the score of 80-59. Jan. 15, the Peacocks lost 70-61 to Winona State to record their third straight loss. UIU is 3-5 at home this season. Sophomore Whitney Kieffer leads the team in points (18.2 ppg), rebounds (6.8 rpg) and steals (3.2 spg). Carol Russell is in her third season as head coach of the Peacocks.

All-time Series vs. the Peacocks: The Beavers have won five straight against Upper Iowa and are 12-3 all-time against the Peacocks. Last season, BSU went to Fayette, Iowa and came away with a 72-50 victory.

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 78-127 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 ranks second the team with 12.6 points (19th in NSIC) and leads the squad with 2.2 steals (9th 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 154 career steals, Thompson sits eighth all-time at BSU, trailing seventh-place Laurie Peterson’s 158 career steals. She has 22 steals this season to rank second on the team.

Block Party
Senior Emily Kaus ranks fifth all-time in blocks with 75, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 65 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team with 20 blocks, while Kaus has swatted away 14 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 121 3-pointers in her career to sit tied for seventh on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 36 3-pointers this season (2.57 per game) to sit fourth 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).