BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Grinnell College Tip-Off Tournament, the Grand Canyon Thanksgiving Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., and a pair of showdown’s with the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champion Minnesota State University, headline the 2009-10 Bemidji State women’s basketball schedule, announced by head coach Mike Curfman today.
“Since our team is made up of primarily freshmen and sophomores and features just one senior, I thought it would be good to have some tournaments early in the season so they get used to playing back-to-back days,” commented Curfman. “The benefit of playing in early tournaments is it gives us a chance to get the feeling of playing on the road while bonding as a team. I feel it is a pretty good balance in our non-conference schedule and it is going to be a challenging schedule for our young group.”
Beginning the season is Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) member Mayville State University, Nov. 17 in Mayville, N.D. It is the fifth consecutive year that BSU will open the season on the road and the third time in school history that the Beavers will open up a season with the Comets from Mayville State.
BSU will trek into the land of unfamiliarity with a weekend stay in Grinnell, Iowa as the Beavers compete in the Grinnell Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 20-21. The Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Tournament closes out November (27-28) as BSU faces Western State University (Colo.) and Western New Mexico University in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will rekindle a series that has been idle since Nov. 17, 2007 with Western State University and will mark the first ever encounter with Western New Mexico University.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and home opener pits BSU against the first of five 2008-09 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament participant on the docket with Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Dec. 4, marking the second straight season Bemidji State has opened up conference play versus the Dragons. Conference action will continue the following night as the Beavers welcome the Golden Eagles from Minnesota, Crookston to the BSU Gymnasium.
NSIC play continues the following weekend when the Beavers travel south to another 2008-09 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament participant Winona State University on Dec. 12. BSU wraps up the weekend with a trip to Fayette, Iowa to battle the Upper Iowa University Peacocks on Dec. 13.
Bemidji State finishes December and the calendar year by playing a pair of non-conference games. The Beavers first travel to La Crosse, Wis. to take on first time opponent in Viterbo University on Dec. 17 before welcoming the 2008-09 National Champion Minnesota State University Mavericks to the BSU Gymnasium on Dec. 19.
The new year sparks a run of 16 straight conference games beginning with a weekend series versus Augustana College and Wayne State College (Neb.). For just the second time in the series history, BSU and Augustana will play each other in back-to-back seasons beginning on Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. in Bemidji, Minn. On Jan. 3 the Beavers host the Wildcats from Wayne State for a mid-afternoon affair with the tip-off at 2 p.m.
The ensuing weekend (Jan. 8-9) has Concordia University, St. Paul and St. Cloud State University on the slate. The Beavers have dropped six of the last eight games to CU and SCSU and have not beaten the Golden Bears or the Huskies since the 2006 season.
Mid-January has BSU hosting three straight conference home games beginning on Jan. 15 with Northern State University. The following night the Beavers battle the University of Mary and wrap up the home stand with a 2 p.m. match-up with University of Minnesota Duluth. To close out the month of January BSU takes on Minnesota State on Jan. 29 in Mankato, Minn. before tipping off with Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn. on Jan. 30.
February opens with a two game home stand as the Beavers welcome the Concordia University and St. Cloud State to the BSU Gymnasium on Feb. 5-6. BSU plays its last weekend road trip of the season when it travels to MSU Moorhead and Minnesota, Crookston on Feb. 12-13.
The Beavers wrap up the home portion of their schedule with a one game home stand when BSU hosts Winona State on Feb. 20. BSU draws the curtain on the regular season with a pair of road tilts versus conference opponents. In a rare mid-week battle the Beavers head north to Duluth, Minn. to take on Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The Beavers wrap up their regular season with a trip to Wayne, Neb. to take on the Wayne State on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Bemidji State returns nine players from a team that finished in a tie for 13th in the NSIC with a record of 3-24 overall and 1-19 versus NSIC opponents.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., competes at the NCAA Division I and II levels and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and College Hockey America (CHA).