BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (7-7, 3-7 NSIC) hosts Minnesota State University Moorhead (9-5, 5-5 NSIC) and Northern State University (12-2, 8-2 NSIC) for a pair Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games Jan. 17-18. BSU and MSUM are set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday from the BSU Gymnasium, while Saturday’s contest versus the Wolves is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
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The Beavers suffered a 99-82 loss at Augustana (receiving votes nationally) and an 87-41 setback at No. 11 Wayne State, Jan. 10-11. The Beavers look to protect their 5-2 home record this weekend, while trying to remedy a 1-3 start to 2014. Entering the new year, BSU was shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from 3-point range and averaging 79.0 points per game. In the last four games, the Beavers have shot 33.7 percent from the field, 18.0 percent from 3-point land and averaged 54.5 points per game. Saturday’s contest marks head coach Mike Curfman’s 400th career game as a head coach. In his 15th season, Curfman spent six seasons as bench boss at Minnesota Crookston before coming to Bemidji State.
• With 10.4 rebounds per game, Kate Warmack is third in the NSIC and 24th nationally.
• Warmack has recorded seven double-doubles this season to sit second in the league and tied for 15th in the nation.
• Warmack has twice posted a career-high 17 rebounds, which stands tied for second most in the NSIC this season for rebounds in a game.
• Warmack is shooting 55.4 percent from the field to rank fourth in the league and 28th in the nation.
• Morgan Lee’s 2.6 3-pointers per game is tied for third in the conference and sits 36th in the nation. Her 42.4 shooting percentage from long range is 35th nationally.
• Lee knocked down seven 3-pointers versus Western State (Nov. 16) to sit tied for first in the league for most 3-pointers in a game. The mark also ranks tied for 14th nationally.
• The Beavers are 7-3 this season when Lee knocks down two or more 3-pointers.
• Bemidji State pulled down 58 rebounds against Finlandia (Nov. 19) to tie for the most rebounds in a game by any NSIC team.
MSU Moorhead (9-5, 5-5 NSIC) owns a 3-1 record in its last four contests, with the one loss coming its last game versus then-No. 17 Minnesota State, 85-57. Three players are scoring in double-figures, guided by Morgan Zabel’s 14.1 points per game. Megan Strese owns 11.4 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. The Dragons own a +6.7 rebounding margin in conference games to sit second in the NSIC.
All-time Series vs. the Dragons
The Beavers are 39-58 all-time against the Dragons and are on a four-game losing streak to MSUM. MSU Moorhead downed Bemidji State in Moorhead, Minn. earlier this season 94-69. The last BSU win came on the road Dec. 2, 2011 by the score of 75-68. The teams have played three overtime games during Curfman’s career (1-2).
Northern State (12-2, 8-2 NSIC) owns a seven-game winning streak entering the weekend. Both of NSU’s losses have come in NSIC play and on the road. Alison Kusler’s 16.5 points per game guides a team with three players scoring in double-figures. Rachel Krogman has recorded 14.9 points and a team-best 10.5 rebounds per game. In league games, the Wolves rank first in rebounding margin (+9.5) and third in scoring margin (+7.4).
All-time Series vs. the Wolves
Bemidji State trails the all-time series with Northern State 10-48. BSU snapped a seven-game losing streak versus the Wolves Jan. 28, 2012 and split the season series last season, which included a 64-57 home win.
NSIC Player of the Week – Kate Warmack
Senior Kate Warmack recorded a career night Dec. 20 against University of Minnesota Crookston, as she posted 24 points and 17 rebounds to be honored as NSIC Player of the Week, Dec. 23. She shot 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the field and was 6-for-9 (66.7%) from the free throw line with two steals, one block, one assist and just one turnover in 30 minutes of play.
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 12th all-time on Bemidji State’s scoring list with 1,154 points.
Lee for Threeeee
Senior Morgan Lee has knocked down 185 3-pointers in her career to sit fourth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list.
Senior Kate Warmack is climbing BSU’s career blocks chart and with 99 career swats, she sits fourth. She has 16 blocks this season.
Bringin’ down the Boards
Senior Kate Warmack has recorded eight games with 10 or more rebounds this season and 22 in her career. She owns 590 career boards to sit 31 shy of BSU’s career top 10 list.
Countdown to 400
Head coach Mike Curfman has coached 393 games in his NCAA Division II head coaching career. The Jan. 18 home game against Northern State is set to be his 400th career game as a head coach.
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.
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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).