BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (4-1; 0-1 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North) opens its home portion of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule Dec. 6-7 when it welcomes St. Cloud State University (5-0; 1-0 NSIC, 1-0 NSIC North) and University of Minnesota Duluth (3-2; 0-1 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North). Friday’s contest is set for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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The Beavers ran into a hot-shooting University of Minnesota Crookston team Nov. 30 in the NSIC opener in Crookston, Minn. The Golden Eagles knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half, en route to a 13-for-20 (65%) game from long range to defeat the Beavers 104-84. BSU was guided by a 33-point, 11-rebound and five-block performance by senior Kate Warmack. Her 33 points were a career-high and the most by any NSIC player this season. Her four double-doubles this season is tied for the NSIC lead. Senior Morgan Lee is averaging a team-best 19.6 points per game, which ranks third in the league. Warmack leads the league in rebounding (11.6 rpg), sits fifth in scoring (19.4 ppg) and ranks sixth in field goal percentage (60.0%).
The St. Cloud State women’s basketball team posted a 4-0 record in nonconference play before hosting Minnesota Duluth to open NSIC play. Five Huskies scored in double-figures, as SCSU downed the Bulldogs 81-73. Jessica Benson guided the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She leads the team with 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Rachael Moen leads the NSIC in assists per game (6.2 apg).
All-time Series vs. the Huskies
The Beavers are 14-33 all-time against SCSU and have lost seven of the last eight meetings. BSU lost 73-48 at home and 81-53 on the road last season.
The Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball team is 3-2 overall and 0-1 in NSIC play after falling on the road to St. Cloud State, 81-73. Katrina Newman posted 18 points against the Huskies, while Hannah Rutten added 11 points and nine rebounds. Rutten is the team’s leader in points (16.4 ppg) and rebounds (10.2 rpg). The Bulldogs own 12.8 steals per game to sit in a tie for first in the NSIC.
All-time Series vs. the Bulldogs
Bemidji State owns a 29-61 all-time mark against UMD and have lost the last 10 games versus the Bulldogs. In 2012-13, the Beavers lost 85-56 at home and 65-50 on the road.
NSIC Preseason Poll/Player to Watch
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was picked to finish 14th in the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Senior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) was named BSU’s Player to Watch. The Beavers earned 45 overall points for 14th, while they were pegged eighth in the NSIC North Division.
A Grand Accomplishment
Senior guard Morgan Lee became the 16th player in Bemidji State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points with a 29-point effort in BSU’s 85-61 victory over Western State (Colo.), Nov. 16. Lee follows in the footsteps of her father, David Lee, who scored 2,034 points for the Beavers as a student-athlete from 1984-88. She is currently 14th all-time on Bemidji State’s scoring list.
Senior Kate Warmack is climbing BSU’s career blocks chart. She has six blocks this season.
Lee for Threeeee
Junior Morgan Lee has knocked down 167 3-pointers in her career to sit fifth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list.
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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).