Beavers host Northern State and U-Mary
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Beavers host Northern State and U-Mary

Beavers host Northern State and U-Mary

This Week: The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hosts Northern State University and the University of Mary, Jan. 15-16 at the BSU Gymnasium. Both games are slated for a 6 p.m. start.  
About Bemidji State: BSU is 9-6 overall and 3-5 in conference play this season. The Beavers have already surpassed its overall win, conference win and road win totals from last season. BSU is 2-3 in its last five games.
• The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 8-9, falling to No. 23 Concordia University (85-62) and St. Cloud State (87-80).
• BSU is 6-1 when leading at the half. It owns a 3-5 record when trailing at the break.
• Sophomore Taylor Davis scored a career-high 31 points in the loss to SCSU Saturday, placing her tied for eighth on BSU’s top game scoring list with Maggie Gernbacher (2004-05).  
• Freshman Shannon Thompson has started the last three games and has posted 14.3 points, 3.3 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. She is shooting 52 percent from the field, 60 percent from the 3-point line and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line with just six turnovers.

About Northern State: The Wolves are 7-7 overall and 3-4 in conference play this season, holding down the 10th spot. NSU has won its last four games after dropping its previous five. Northern State has earned wins against Winona State (66-47), Upper Iowa (90-55) and Mary (76-65) during the run. NSU is 1-5 on the road this season. They are led in scoring by sophomore Emily Becken, who has 14.3 points per game.  

Series History: The Beavers are 8-42 all-time against the Wolves in a series dating back to 1986. BSU is 1-4 in the last five contests, with its last win coming Jan. 11, 2008 in the BSU Gymnasium by the score of 77-65.  
About University of Mary: The Marauders are 5-9 overall and 1-6 in the NSIC, sitting 13th. U-Mary has its lone conference win at home against Upper Iowa (82-67) Jan. 2 and in its last action, lost to Northern State 76-65. The Marauders are 1-5 on the road this season. They have four players scoring in double-figures, led by senior Liz Sipma’s 11.2 points per game. U-Mary battled Minnesota Duluth Friday before visiting Bemidji State.
Series History: BSU is 1-6 in the all-time series against the Marauders. The Beavers won their first-ever contest against U-Mary 80-75 on Nov. 30, 1984. Last season in Bismarck, N.D., the Marauders downed BSU 73-57.

Last Action: The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 8-9 at then-No. 23 Concordia University (85-62) and St. Cloud State (87-80).

at No. 23 Concordia University - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell 85-62 to the No. 23 Concordia University Golden Bears at the Gangelhoff Center Jan. 8 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. Freshman Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) went 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, en route to a career-high 19 points.
    The first seven minutes of the first half saw five lead changes and two ties, as BSU had a 18-16 lead with 12:59 remaining. The Golden Bears then went on an 8-0 run to grab a 24-18 lead with 9:36 left in the frame. CU got its lead to nine at 32-26 before the Beavers (9-5, 3-4 NSIC) went on a run of its own. With 1:23 remaining, a sophomore Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) free throw tied the contest 35-35. Unfortunately for BSU, the home team went on a 5-0 run to take a 40-35 lead, giving the Beavers the last shot with 30 seconds remaining. Thompson’s 15th and 16th points of the half cut the deficit to three and road team went into the locker room down 47-50.
    CU increased its lead to six in the first minute of the second half, owning a 43-37 lead. BSU then went on an 8-0 run to grab a two point advantage, thanks to three points from Thompson and three from freshman center Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.). The Golden Bears regained the lead at 16:01 of the half and then held a small lead as the the two teams traded hoops for five minutes. A sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) layup cut the CU lead to four at 55-51 with 11:37 left. The Golden Bears then caught fire and blazed to a 20 point lead on a 20-4 run over five minutes. The Beavers were never able to recover and lost by 23.
    BSU had its worst shooting game of the season, hurling 31.7 percent. CU shot 48.5 percent from the field in the game and had five different players score 10-plus points. Freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) scored 10 points, while adding four rebounds and two assists. Thompson was 6-of-11 from the field in the game and posted a team-high four assists.  

at St. Cloud State - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell to St. Cloud State University Jan. 9 by the score of 87-80 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at Halenbeck Hall. Sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) scored a career-high 31 points and added six rebounds in the loss. The point total ties her for eighth on BSU’s top game scoring list.
    The Beavers (9-6, 3-5 NSIC) held a 34-33 lead at the half, earning a lead as large as six at 16-10 with 10:14 remaining in the first half. SCSU then used the next 3:47 off the clock to go on an 8-2 run to grab a two point advantage. With the game tied at 21-21 with 5:06 remaining, Davis knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:56 left to give BSU a lead. The two teams then traded baskets through the halftime buzzer, with Bemidji State owning the small lead. Davis had 20 points and five rebounds in the first half.
    The Huskies then came out of the locker room running, outscoring the Beavers 30-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second frame, earning a 63-43 lead. SCSU had a lead as large as 22 with 8:35 left in regulation. BSU then got rolling, slowly chipping away at the deep hole they dug. With 2:27 on the clock, two freshman Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) free throws put the deficit to just eight at 76-67. BSU kept coming and cut the SCSU lead to four with 1:02 left on a 3-pointer from junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.). Four free throws from the Huskies and two from the Beavers put the game back to a six point difference with 44 seconds left. BSU had the ball at that point, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net as Davis missed two shots in the possession. The Beavers were then forced to foul and SCSU earned the seven point win.
    Davis finished shooting 14-of-21 from the field in a performance from off the bench. Freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) had a well-rounded game, posting 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. She went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Thompson had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. BSU shot 43.9 percent from the field and SCSU was 47.9 percent from the field. The score was tied six times and the lead changed eight times during the game.

NSIC Preseason Poll:  The Bemidji State women’s basketball team is ranked 13th in the 2009-10 edition of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released today by the league. The Beavers received 37 points after going 3-24 overall and 1-19 in NSIC play, tying them for 13th last season.

NSIC Preseason Player to Watch: Sophomore Sydney Epema played in all 27 games for BSU, starting 24 in 2009…She averaged 11.1 points per game in overall contests and a 11.0 clip in conference play…Recorded double-digits in points in 16 games, including nine games in a row in double-figures and two over 20…Established a career-high 22 points in a 112-108 overtime loss to Upper Iowa, Nov. 29, playing in 40 minutes…Was the team’s top scorer in seven games…Led the team in 3-pointers made with 73 and owned a .353 shooting percentage from beyond the arc…Her 207 3-point attempts established a BSU single season record…Also, led the team in minutes with 30.0 and averaged 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Curfman in Season Openers at BSU: BSU head coach Mike Curfman is 1-4 in season openers in his career at Bemidji State since joining the program for the 2005-06 season.

Season Openers Record
Nov. 16, 2009    Mayville State    Mayville, N.D.     W, 82-60
Nov. 16, 2008    South Dakota    Vermillion, S.D.    L, 47-83
Nov. 16, 2007    Colorado State-Pueblo    Pueblo, Colo.    L, 67-74
Nov. 17, 2006    Augustana College    Manakto, Minn.    L, 76-92
Nov. 15, 2005    Mayville State    Mayville, N.D.    L, 89-94

Sydneeey for Threee: Sophomore Sydney Epema surpassed her career-high in 3-pointers made Jan. 3 against Wayne State, sinking seven from beyond the arc. She has 40 3-pointers this season to lead the team and the NSIC in 3-pointers made. She has attempted 93 3-pointers for a 43.0 percentage, which stands 34th in the nation. Last season, Epema made 73 3-pointers in a BSU single-season record 207 attempts. She finished second in the NSIC in 3-pointers.

Player of the Week: Freshman Katie Pettit was named NSIC Player of the Week Dec. 14 after guiding BSU to a 2-0 NSIC road trip at Winona State and Upper Iowa. She averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 29.0 minutes of work. In the win against WSU, Pettit scored a career-high 26 points, adding five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block, while shooting 80.0 percent from the field and 80.0 from beyond the arc. Pettit is the first BSU player to earn the conference award since the 2007-08 season and she is the first BSU freshman to win the award since the 1998-99 campaign.

Doubling-up in the Debut: Pettit recorded a double-double in her collegiate debut against Mayville State, Nov. 16. She had 18 points and 10 assists in the game. Last season, the Beavers only record three double-doubles and the season-high for assists was nine.  

Double the Fun: Freshman center Emily Kaus recorded her first-career double-double in the 79-65 victory against Western New Mexico Nov. 28. She had 10 points and 13 rebounds. In BSU’s next contest against MSU Moorhead Dec. 4, Kaus recorded her second double-double with 10 points and 11 kills. She is the first freshman since the 2004-05 season to record two double-doubles in a season and is the first player since the 2005-06 season to post consecutive double-doubles.

Emily says, “NO!”: Through 15 games, freshman Emily Kaus has recorded five or more blocks in two different games, including establishing the new school record for blocks in a game with seven against Western State Nov. 27. Last season, there wasn’t a player all year to record more than four blocks in a game. She has 33 (2.2 bpg) blocked shots this season, sitting second in the NSIC and 20 in the nation.

Freshmen PROduction: The 2009-10 freshmen class has had an immediate impact on the Beavers this season, playing like pros in all areas of the game. The freshmen are averaging 35.3 points per game, the most by any class on the team. They are also averaging 17.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists per contest. They have the only three double-doubles this season (Pettit and Kaus x2), which is the first time in BSU program history two freshmen have recorded a double-double in the same season.

Scoring by class (# in the class)
Freshmen (4)    35.3
Sophomores (5)    25.8
Juniors (3)    13.7
Senior (1)    1.8        

2-0 Start: The last time BSU started the season 2-0 was in 1999-00 with wins over Morningside and Middlebury. The Beavers have started 2-0 only eight times in the 43 years of the program.

4-1 after 5: BSU went 4-1 to start the season, earning its best record since the 1986-87 season. That squad also started 4-1 and finished with a 25-3 mark, making a run in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championships.

Triple-digits: BSU poured in 108 points in a 108-63 victory against Martin Luther College Nov. 20. The 108 points tied a all-time high for points in a game by a Beaver squad. It also marked the 12 game a BSU team has scored in triple-digits. The last time the Beavers scored 100 points and won was against the University of Minnesota-Morris, Feb. 22, 2003.

Date    Opponent    Score
11-20-09    vs. Martin Luther College    W, 108-63
11-29-08    Upper Iowa    L, 108-112
2-22-03    UM-Morris    W,101-43
2-28-97    @ Southwest State*    W,103-93
2-1-97    Wayne State    W, 107-67
1-6-96    UM-Crookston    W, 101-56
12-17-94    @ St. Francis    W, 100-49
1-28-92    St. Scholastica    W, 107-59
12-17-90    @ Echerd College    W, 105-82
2-14-87    Winona State *    W, 101-69
11-16-84    @ St. Catherine    W, 108-35
    Hamline    W, 103-28
    Mayville St.    W, 104-42

Extra Frames: The Beavers pushed the Dec. 4 game against MSU Moorhead to two overtimes before falling 75-66. BSU had only played four extra sessions in head coach Mike Curfman’s first four years at BSU. Two were against MSU Moorhead and the two were against Minnesota Duluth. The last time BSU played in a double overtime contest was during the 1984-85 season. The Beavers lost the game 74-73 at Minnesota Duluth.

No ‘I’ in Team: Ten different Beavers have played at least 40 minutes in conference games this season and 13 have seen the court.  Nine players have recorded at least 10 points this season and 10 players have scored in NSIC play.

Road Warriors: The Beavers are 4-2 on the road this season, 2-2 in the NSIC.  Last season, BSU didn’t win a single road game and in the past 10 seasons, the most road wins the Beavers have accumulated in a season is five (2007-08 and 2002-03). BSU has recorded four NSIC road wins twice in the past 10 seasons (2006-07 and 2003-04).

NCAA National Stats: The Jan. 10 edition of the NCAA Division II national ranking summary placed the Beavers 28 in scoring offense, averaging 76.6 points per game. BSU also appeared in the top 50 in free throw percentage (32nd, 74.9 percent), 3-point field goals per game (36th, 7.2 3-pointers per game), 3-point percentage (46th, 35.8) and blocks (50th, 3.9 bpg). Sophomore Sydney Epema is 34 in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.0 percent and 37 in 3-point field goals made with 2.7 per game. Freshman Emily Kaus is 20 in the nation in blocks per game with 2.2 per contest.

When it Rains it Pours: Sophomore Taylor Davis poured in 31 points, in a performance off the bench, against St. Cloud State Jan. 8. The point total tied her for eighth on BSU’s top game scoring list with Maggie Gernbacher (vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 2004-05). She was just eight points shy of tying the single game record, held by Amy Lawson (vs. MSU Moorhead, 2007-08). Davis established career-highs in points, field goals made and attempted (14-of-21) and minutes (31).