Beavers host Mustangs and Cougars in NSIC action
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Beavers host Mustangs and Cougars in NSIC action

Setting the Scene
Southwest Minnesota State
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

Opponent: Sioux Falls
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
4:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-10; 4-10 NSIC, 4-6 NSIC North) wraps up a four-game homestand Feb. 1-2 with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests against Southwest Minnesota State University (3-16; 2-12 NSIC, 2-8 NSIC South) and University of Sioux Falls (10-8; 7-7 NSIC, 5-5 NSIC South). 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 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 25-26. BSU lost to Minnesota State University Moorhead 75-66 Friday before surprising Northern State University Saturday and defeating the Wolves – who entered the game tied for first in the NSIC North - 64–57. Both teams struggled from the field Friday, but the Beavers handed over 17 turnovers that equaled 18 MSUM points and allowed the Dragons 14 offensive rebounds that turned into 15 second chance points. BSU put a complete 40 minutes together Saturday and shot a season-high 52.1 percent from the field, while holding NSU to its third-lowest shooting game of the season at 34.9 percent. Junior Morgan Lee posted back-to-back 20-point performances with 25 points Friday and 22 points Saturday.

Fast Break
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used 10 different starting line-up combinations this season. The combination of senior Shannon Thompson, junior Morgan Lee, junior Lanae Rash, junior Jessie Althoff and junior Kate Warmack has started five times and is 2-3.
• Bemidji State assistant coach Abby Oakland was a standout performer in basketball and golf at Southwest Minnesota State and graduated from SMSU in 2009.
• BSU has allowed 70.7 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are sixth in the NSIC in steals with 8.94 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 6-1 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 6-3
• Bemidji State is 5-4 on Saturdays in 2012-13.
• 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 1.44 blocks per game ranks third in the league, while the 1.57 blocks per game in NSIC play is also third.
• Senior Emily Kaus is tied for eighth (1.00 bpg) in all games and tied for eighth (1.07 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 3.33 blocks per game.
• Warmack’s 56.9 shooting percentage from the field ranks first in the NSIC (57.0 in NSIC only is second). In NSIC games her 7.7 rebounds per game is ninth.
• Warmack has six double-doubles this season, tied for the fourth most in the league this season.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 2.18 steals per game to sit 10th in the NSIC.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.61 3-pointers made per game ranks second in the league and 36th nationally.

The Mustangs: The Mustangs (3-16; 2-12 NSIC, 2-8 NSIC South) have recorded just two conference victories this season, but both have come in the last five games. After starting the NSIC season 0-9, SMSU picked up a 66-52 win at Sioux Falls Jan. 15. The Mustangs won their last game 66-64 Jan. 26 at home against Winona State University. Junior Alison Nagel has led the team in scoring the past two games and is the team’s top point scorer 11.1 points per game. She also guides SMSU in rebounds with 5.3 boards per game. Allison Kruger is in her third season as the head coach at Southwest Minnesota State.

All-time Series vs. the Mustangs: The Beavers split the season series with SMSU last season (77-54 win at home, 72-57 loss on the road) and are 2-3 in the last five meetings. All-time, BSU trials the series 31-38.   

The Cougars: The Cougars (10-8; 7-7 NSIC, 5-5 NSIC South) are coming off a home sweep Jan. 25-26 with victories against Winona State (53-49) and Upper Iowa University (66-63) that snapped a three-game skid. The Cougars are fifth in the league in 3-point percentage at 33.8 percent, while they rank first in 3-point percentage defense, holding their opponent to 26.5 percent from downtown. Junior Laura Johnson is USF’s only player averaging double-digit point total that collects more than five rebounds per game with 12.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Travis Traphagen is in his fifth season as the USF bench boss.

All-time Series vs. the Cougars: The Beavers and Cougars have met just once all-time. That game occurred in Sioux Falls, S.D., Jan. 5, 1986 with a 81-79 victory for Bemidji State.

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 79-130 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 11.9 points (23th in NSIC) and leads the squad with 2.18 steals (10th 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 tied for first in the league in 2012-13 and is tied for 12th 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 42 assists this season that also ranks 13th in the league. Her 211 career assists is 24 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 161 career steals, Thompson sits sixth all-time at BSU, trailing fifth-place Kris DeMaris’ 179 career steals. She has 29 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 79, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 71 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team (3rd in the NSIC - 1.44 bpg) with 26 blocks, while Kaus has swatted away 18 shots (T8th in the NSIC - 1.00 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 132 3-pointers in her career to sit sixth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 47 3-pointers this season (2.61 per game) to sit second 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 second 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).