Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota Duluth
Date: Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Opponent: No. 22 St. Cloud State
Date: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
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The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (11-13; 7-13 NSIC, 6-6 NSIC North) puts a wrap on the regular season Feb. 22-23 with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home games versus University of Minnesota Duluth (12-12; 9-11 NSIC, 7-5 NSIC North) and St. Cloud State University (17-7; 13-7 NSIC, 10-2 NSIC North). Friday’s contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game is set for 4 p.m. and serves as Senior Day for two BSU student-athletes. The game is also the Play4Kay contest to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The Beavers swept a road weekend for the first time this season Feb. 15-16, as BSU completed the 2012-13 regular season road schedule with an 81-70 victory at Minot State University before knocking down a last-second shot Saturday to upend University of Mary 76-73. Senior guard Shannon Thompson hit a career-high six 3-pointers, en route to 24 points against Minot State to lift BSU to the win. Saturday, the Beavers hit seven 3-pointers, five from Thompson and the most important one from the hands of Melissa Youngblut, who broke a 73-73 tie with less than a second left with the 3-point dagger.
Playoff Picture: The Beavers are 7-13 in league play to sit seventh in the NSIC North. BSU will be on the road for the first round of the NSIC Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 17. BSU can finish as high as fifth in the standings. BSU could play a number of teams, depending on where they finish in the North and how the top three in the South finishes.
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used 12 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 2-5.
• BSU has allowed 70.6 points per contest to rank 14th in the NSIC.
• As a team, the Beavers are tied for sixth in the NSIC in steals with 8.63 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 9-2 when leading at halftime in 2012-13.
• BSU is 7-1 when scoring 70 or more points.
• When making five or more 3-pointers in a game, the Beavers are 8-5
• Bemidji State is 5-6 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 1.33 blocks per game ranks third in the league, while the 1.40 blocks per game in NSIC play is also third.
• Senior Emily Kaus is 10th (0.96 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 tied for fifth on the conference blocked shots list with 3.33 blocks per game.
• Warmack’s 53.5 shooting percentage from the field ranks fifth in the NSIC (53.1 in NSIC only is sixth). In NSIC games only, her 7.4 rebounds per game is 10th.
• Warmack has eight double-doubles this season, the fifth most in the league this season and ranks 62nd nationally.
• Rash owns 2.14 steals per game to sit eighth in the NSIC, while Thompson’s 2.10 steals per game is ninth.
• Junior Morgan Lee’s 2.29 3-pointers made per game ranks third in the league and 72nd nationally.
The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs (12-12; 9-11 NSIC, 7-5 NSIC North) are 2-8 in their last 10 games, which includes a split at home last weekend with a 61-57 loss to Northern State University before defeating Minnesota State University Moorhead 54-50. Minnesota Duluth owns a +4.7 rebounding margin to rank third in the NSIC, while its 10.5 steals per contest also sits third. Junior Katrina Newman guided the team in scoring in both games (28 in the win) and leads the team with 16.3 points per game. Her 7.7 rebounds per game is also a team-high. Annette Wiles is in her fifth season as head coach for the Bulldogs.
All-time Series vs. the Bulldogs: BSU lost 65-50 at UMD earlier this season and are 29-60 all-time against the Bulldogs. The Beavers have lost the last nine to UMD.
The Huskies: The Huskies (17-7; 13-7 NSIC, 10-2 NSIC North) lead the NSIC North and are riding a three-game winning streak. In the streak, SCSU is outscoring its opponent 73.7-59.0 and this season, the Huskies own a +9.6 scoring margin. SCSU owns an 11-2 home record, but are just 6-5 away from Hallenbeck Hall. Sophomore Jessica Benson led the team in scoring in both wins last weekend and with 14.8 points per game, leads St. Cloud State in the category. She is also averaging a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. Lori Fish is in her fifth season at St. Cloud State.
All-time Series vs. the Huskies: BSU holds a 14-32 all-time series record with St. Cloud State. BSU is 1-4 in the last five meetings and lost earlier this season 81-53 and at home last season 74-66.
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 an 82-133 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 12.3 points (20th in NSIC) and leads the squad with 2.14 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 13th 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 57 assists this season. Her 226 career assists is nine 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 174 career steals, Thompson sits sixth all-time at BSU, trailing fifth-place Kris DeMaris’ 179 career steals. She has 42 steals this season to rank second on the team and 9th in the NSIC.
Senior Emily Kaus ranks fourth all-time in blocks with 84, while junior Kate Warmack is sixth with 77 career rejections. This season, Warmack leads the team (3rd in the NSIC - 1.33 bpg) with 32 blocks to rank fifth on BSU’s single season list. Kaus has swatted away 23 shots (10th in the NSIC - 0.96 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 140 3-pointers in her career to sit sixth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. She owns 55 3-pointers this season (2.29 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 second most 3-pointers in a game in the league in 2012-13. Senior Shannon Thompson also found her way on the list and with 105 career 3-pointers sits 10th.
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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).