BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-8, 4-8 NSIC) travels to University of Mary (9-6, 7-5 NSIC) and Minot State University (12-4, 8-4 NSIC) for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games Jan. 24-25. BSU and U-Mary are set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s contest versus the fellow Beavers is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
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The Beavers went 1-1 Jan. 17-18 to move to 8-8 overall and 4-8 in NSIC play. BSU defeated MSU Moorhead 64-53 Friday before falling to the NSIC North leaders, Northern State, 69-55. The Beavers got 25 points from senior Morgan Lee and a 12-point, 13-rebound, six-block performance from senior Kate Warmack in the victory. Lee ranks tied for ninth in the NSIC in steals (2.1 spg) and 11th in scoring (16.2 ppg). Warmack sits third in the league (27th nationally) in rebounding (10.2 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (54.3%) and blocks (1.6 bpg) and eighth in scoring (16.4 ppg). Warmack’s double-double Jan. 17 marked her eighth of the season, which ranks third in the NSIC and tied for 13th in the nation. The Beavers are 2-5 away from the BSU Gymnasium this season. BSU is 4-3 on Friday, but just 2-5 on Saturday this season.
• 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.
• Morgan Lee’s 2.4 3-pointers per game is tied for fourth in the conference and sits 56th in the nation. Her 40.9 shooting percentage from long range is 46th 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 15th nationally.
• The Beavers are 7-4 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.
The Marauders have won four straight games after losing their previous four contests. Four players are scoring in double-figures, led by Linda Murray’s 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds (also a team-high) per game. U-Mary is shooting 43.5 percent from the field in NSIC games this season to rank second in the league. The Marauders are 5-3 at home this season (4-3 in conference games).
All-time Series vs. the Marauders
Bemidji State snapped a five-game losing streak to the Marauders last season on the road with a 76-73 last-second victory to improve to 3-11 all-time against U-Mary.
Minot State had its four-game winning streak halted by St. Cloud State (86-73) Jan. 18, handing the Beavers just their second home loss of the season (9-2). Carly Boag not only leads the team in scoring, but is the conference leader and ranks 19th in the nation with 20.9 points per game. Her 62.1 field goal percentage sits sixth in NCAA Division II. MISU ranks second in the nation in assists per game (20.2 apg) and seventh nationally with a 47.3 percentage from the field.
All-time Series vs. the Beavers
BSU is 4-5 all-time against Minot State, which includes a season sweep of the fellow Beavers last season (81-70 road win).
Senior Kate Warmack is nearing some big career marks in three different categories:
Scoring (956) – 44 points shy of 1,000 (will be 17th all-time)
Rebounding (607) – 15 rebounds shy of moving into 10th all-time at BSU
Blocks (106) – 13 shy of becoming the all-time blocks leader at Bemidji State
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 11th all-time on Bemidji State’s scoring list with 1,187 points.
Lee for Threeeee
Senior Morgan Lee has knocked down 187 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 106 career swats, she sits tied for second all-time, trailing Sonia Stehr’s (1984-88) 118 career blocks. She has 25 blocks this season, four shy of entering BSU’s single season top 10 list.
Bringin’ down the Boards
Senior Kate Warmack has recorded nine games with 10 or more rebounds this season and 23 contests in her career. She owns 607 career boards to sit 15 shy of BSU’s career top 10 list.
Countdown to 400
Head coach Mike Curfman coached his 400th game in his NCAA Division II head coaching career Jan. 18 in a home game against Northern State.
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).