Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota State
Date: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
Location: Mankato, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Taylor Center
Opponent: Concordia-St. Paul
Date: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
Location: St. Paul, Minn.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Gangelhoff Center
Local Radio: KKBJ Talk Radio 1360 AM
Play-by-play: Mark Ricci
Internet Audio: www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television: none
Web cast: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal#
Live Stats at MSU: http://www.sidearmstats.com/mnsu/wbball/scoreboard.aspx
Live Stats at CU: http://www.cugoldenbears.com/sports/2012/10/12/WBB_1012123838.aspx?id=82
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (9-11; 5-11 NSIC, 4-6 NSIC North) opens a four-game road trip Feb. 8-9 with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests at Minnesota State University, Mankato (16-4; 12-4 NSIC, 7-3 NSIC South) and Concordia University, St. Paul (15-5; 13-3 NSIC, 8-2 NSIC South). Friday’s contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m.
The Beavers went 1-1 Feb. 1-2 in a conference home weekend that moved its record to 9-11 overall and 5-11 in NSIC play. BSU defeated Southwest Minnesota State University Feb. 1 by a 57-52 margin for its second consecutive win. The bid for a third-straight win was foiled in overtime by University of Sioux Falls 82-70 Feb. 2. Friday, junior Lanae Rash posted a season-high 26 points with six rebounds and five steals. She followed that performance with 14 points and four rebounds to average 20 points and five rebounds per game on the weekend. Junior Morgan Lee hit four 3-pointers Saturday, en route to 19 points. She ranks third in the NSIC with 2.6 3-pointers made per game this season. The Beavers split their four-game homestand 2-2 and now hit the road for four games.
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used 11 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.
• BSU has allowed 70.3 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are sixth in the NSIC in steals with 8.90 per contest.
• BSU hadn’t made more free throws than its opponent in a game this season until doing so in back-to-back games Feb. 1-2. The Beavers are 2-1 in games where they make more or make the same amount of free throws than their opponent.
• The Beavers are 7-2 when leading at halftime in 2012-13.
• BSU is 5-1 when scoring 70 or more points.
• When making five or more 3-pointers in a game, the Beavers are 6-4
• Bemidji State is 5-5 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 1.45 blocks per game ranks third in the league, while the 1.56 blocks per game in NSIC play is also third.
• Senior Emily Kaus is tied for 11th (0.95 bpg) in all games and tied for ninth (1.00 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 3.35 blocks per game.
• Warmack’s 54.5 shooting percentage from the field ranks fourth in the NSIC (54.1 in NSIC only is fourth). In NSIC games her 7.3 rebounds per game is tied for 11th.
• Warmack has six double-doubles this season, tied for the sixth most in the league this season.
• Junior Lanae Rash owns 2.26 steals per game to sit eighth in the NSIC.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.60 3-pointers made per game ranks third in the league and 38th nationally.
The Mavericks: The Mavericks are 16-4 overall and 12-4 in league play after rattling off five straight wins heading into Friday’s game. All of MSU’s last five victories were decided by six points or less. The Mavericks are averaging 75.9 points per game to sit second the NSIC and their +6.2 turnover margin is first in the league. Ali Wilkinson is second in the conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game, while her 8.5 rebounds sits sixth. Emilee Thiesse is in her first season as the head coach at Minnesota State.
All-time Series vs. the Mavericks: BSU is 13-25 all-time against Minnesota State. The Beavers defeated the Mavericks at home 72-71 and lost in Mankato, Minn. 81-50 a season ago.
The Golden Bears: The Golden Bears are riding a seven-game winning streak into the weekend and are winners in 12 of their last 13 games to own a 15-5 overall and 13-3 NSIC record. CU is outscoring its opponent by a +9.2 margin (69.2-60.0). Anika Whiting is the team’s points leader with 18.6 points per game that ranks second in the NSIC. Rachel Hansen is recording 10.4 points and a league-leading 5.65 assists per game. Paul Fessler is in his 13th season as the CU bench boss.
All-time Series vs. the Golden Bears: BSU tails the all-time series with CU 11-25 and have lost the last nine meetings, dating back to 2007. Last season, BSU fell at home to the Golden Bears 93-69.
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 80-131 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 12.7 points (17th in NSIC) and leads the squad with 2.26 steals (8th in NSIC) per game.
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.
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 44 assists this season that also ranks tied for 13th in the league. Her 213 career assists is 22 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 166 career steals, Thompson sits sixth all-time at BSU, trailing fifth-place Kris DeMaris’ 179 career steals. She has 34 steals this season to rank second on the team and 11th in the NSIC.
Senior Emily Kaus ranks fifth all-time in blocks with 80, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 74 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team (3rd in the NSIC - 1.45 bpg) with 29 blocks to rank tied to seventh on BSU’s single season list. Kaus has swatted away 19 shots (T11th in the NSIC - 0.95 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 third by an NSIC team this season.
Lee for Threeee
Junior Morgan Lee has knocked down 137 3-pointers in her career to sit sixth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 52 3-pointers this season (2.60 per game) to sit 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 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).