Beavers begin four-game homestad Jan. 25-26
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Beavers begin four-game homestad Jan. 25-26

Setting the Scene
MSU Moorhead
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

Opponent: Northern State
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
4:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (7-9; 3-9 NSIC, 3-5 NSIC North) begins a four-game homestand Jan. 25-26 with Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-foes Minnesota State University Moorhead (9-7; 6-6 NSIC, 4-4 NSIC North) and Northern State University (12-4; 8-4 NSIC, 5-3 NSIC North). Friday’s contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers
The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 18-19 and fell 78-41 at Winona State University before suffering a 79-64 set back at Upper Iowa University. BSU trailed early to WSU and never recovered. At UIU, the Beavers had a 19-18 lead with 6:09 remaining in the first half, but faced a five-point halftime deficit and never got closer than that the rest of the way. Junior Morgan Lee averaged 11.0 points in three games last week (Jan. 15-19) and hit five 3-pointers to increase her career total to 125, which ranks sixth all-time at BSU. She has 2.50 3-pointers per game in 2012-13 to rank tied for third in the league. Junior Kate Warmack averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and shot 50 percent on the week. The Beavers are 1-6 in 2013 and have been outscored in those games 73.4-54.3.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used 10 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 has allowed 71.3 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are fifth in the NSIC in steals with 9.38 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.
• The Beavers are 5-1 when leading at halftime in 2012-13.
• BSU is 5-0 when scoring 70 or more points.
• When making five or more 3-pointers in a game, the Beavers are 5-2
• 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 1.38 blocks per game ranks third in the league, while the 1.50 blocks per game in NSIC play is also third.
• Senior Emily Kaus is tied for fifth (1.06 bpg) in all games and tied for sixth (1.17 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 3.25 blocks per game.
• Warmack’s 56.5 shooting percentage from the field ranks No. 2 in the NSIC (56.5 in NSIC only is second). In NSIC games her 7.8 rebounds per game is ninth.
• Warmack has five double-doubles this season, tied for the second most in the league this season.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 2.33 steals per game to sit seventh in the NSIC.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.50 3-pointers made per game ranks tied for third in the league.
• Senior Shannon Thompson sits 10th in the NSIC in assist/turnover ratio (1.32 ratio).

The Dragons: The Dragons (9-7; 6-6 NSIC, 4-4 NSIC North) ended a three-game losing streak Jan. 18-19 with a pair of NSIC home wins against University of Sioux Falls (73-65) and Southwest Minnesota State University (72-62). The squad is shooting 76.3 percent from the charity stripe this season to sit second in the NSIC. Junior Megan Strese guides the Dragons with 15.0 points (tied for ninth in the NSIC) and 9.6 rebounds (second in the NSIC) per game. MSU Moorhead is 4-3 on the road this season. Karla Nelson is in her 13th season as the head coach at MSU Moorhead.

All-time Series vs. the Dragons: BSU fell to MSU Moorhead on the road Jan. 5 to move to 39-56 all-time against the Dragons. BSU is 1-4 in the last five meetings against MSUM, one of those loses came at home last season in a three overtime loss by the score of 95-93.  

The Wolves: The Wolves are 12-4 overall with 8-4 NSIC and 5-3 NSIC North records. NSU is riding a four-game winning streak into the weekend after downing SMSU 64-46 and Sioux Falls 54-48 at home last weekend. Northern State is holding its opponents to 56.1 points per game to rank second in the league, but are 15th in scoring with 62.6 points per contest. Junior Alison Kusler is averaging a team-high 14.8 points per game. NSU is 3-2 on the road in 2012-13. Curt Fredrickson is in his 34th season as the Northern State bench boss.

All-time Series vs. the Wolves: Northern State downed Bemidji State 53-50 Jan. 4 in Aberdeen, S.D. The BSU loss dropped its all-time record against the Wolves to 9-47. The Beavers are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings, which includes a 73-60 loss at home a season ago.

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 78-129 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 12.0 points (20th in NSIC) and leads the squad with 2.33 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 11th 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 37 assists this season that also ranks 13th in the league. Her 206 career assists is 29 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 157 career steals, Thompson sits eighth all-time at BSU, trailing seventh-place Laurie Peterson’s 158 career steals. She has 25 steals this season to rank second on the team and 11th in the NSIC.

Block Party
Senior Emily Kaus ranks fifth all-time in blocks with 78, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 67 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team (3rd in the NSIC - 1.38 bpg) with 22 blocks, while Kaus has swatted away 17 shots (T5th in the NSIC - 1.06 bpg). 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 this season. 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 125 3-pointers in her career to sit sixth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 40 3-pointers this season (2.50 per game) to sit tied for third in the NSIC. She made a career-high eight 3-pointers against Mount Mercy, falling one shy of the BSU single game record and sits tied for most 3-pointers in a game in the league in 2012-13.

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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).