Beavers host Minnesota Duluth
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Beavers host Minnesota Duluth
Beavers host Minnesota Duluth

This Week: The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 23 at the BSU Gymnasium, with game time set for 2 p.m.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 10-7 overall and 4-6 in the NSIC, placing them 11th. BSU is coming off a 1-1 NSIC home weekend against Northern State University (84-73) and University of Mary (71-61).
• Junior Colleen McKay recorded her third-career double-double in the win against U-Mary Saturday, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds. It is the fourth double-double by a Beaver this season, freshman Katie Pettit has one and freshman Emily Kaus has two.
• Sophomore Taylor Davis is averaging 20.3 points per game in her last three games, starting the last two.  
• Head coach Mike Curfman is looking for his 50th win at Bemidji State. He has a 49-72 career record at BSU.
• BSU is 6-1 when leading at the half. It owns a 4-6 record when trailing at the break.
• Sophomore Sydney Epema is 48.0 percent from 3-point land in seven home games this season.
About Minnesota Duluth: Minnesota Duluth is 12-5 overall and its 7-3 record in conference play is good for third. UMD has won five of its last six games, losing only to then-No. 23 Concordia University 84-68. In those five wins, the Bulldogs averaged 70 points per game, holding their opponents to just 61.2 points per contest. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Player of the Year junior Jheri Booker is leading the NSIC in scoring with 20.5 points per game, while adding a team-leading 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals per contest. Sophomore Lindsay Miller is also scoring in double-figures with 12.3 points per game, while contributing 5.8 rebounds per contest.    

Series History: The Beavers are 29-53 all-time against the Bulldogs in a series history that dates back to 1968. BSU is 2-3 in the last five contests, winning a game and losing a game in overtime. Last season, UMD downed the Beavers 70-56 at Duluth and 74-41 at the BSU Gymnasium.  
Last Action: The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend, Jan. 15-16. BSU lost to Northern State (84-73), before rebounding for a win against University of Mary (71-61).

vs. Northern State -  The guard-oriented Bemidji State University women’s basketball team just didn’t have height to battle with the tall Northern State University Wolves Jan. 15, falling 84-73 in an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest played at BSU Gymnasium. Sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting 20 points on the board in the loss.
    The Beavers (9-7, 3-6 NSIC) struggled on the defensive glass all game, as they were pitted against Northern State’s 6-foot-6 Krista Rabenberg and 6-foot-3 Jenna Higgins, while playing without their tallest player, 6-foot-1 freshman Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.). BSU pulled down 23 defensive rebounds, but NSU had 21 offensive rebounds, nine of which came from the tandem. The offensive boards led to the Wolves outscoring BSU 34-22 in the paint and earning 21 second change points to BSU’s 11. NSU also had 6-foot-1 Mikayla Barondeau cleaning the glass, as she tied her career-high in rebounds with 22, six of which were on offense. Kaus missed the game due to an injury sustained against St. Cloud State Jan. 9.
    The height advantage also forced the Beavers to foul, committing 25 infractions to NSU’s 15. The Wolves went 24-for-32 from the line, while BSU went just 11-of-14. The Beavers shot the ball well from downtown, making 10 of their 21 attempts for a 47.6 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, well over their average this season of 35.8 percent. BSU shot 40 percent from the field and the Wolves had a 43.3 percentage.
    BSU stormed out of the gates to start the game, flying to a 9-0 lead with 14:56 reading on the scoreboard. A 6-0 run by NSU cut the home team’s lead to three. The Beavers held a 19-12 lead with 8:37 remaining in the half and then the Wolves started using their height to ware-down and frustrate BSU. NSU went on a 12-0 run over the next 2:06, owning a 24-19 lead. Rabenberg, Higgins and Barondeau scored seven points in the run. The Wolves stretched the lead to as many as 12 during the remainder of the half, but a sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) 3-pointer cut the NSU lead to seven before the first half expired.
    The Beavers again shot out of the locker room in the second half and used a 16-4 run over the frame’s first seven minutes to grab a seven point advantage. BSU then again fell into a lull and a 8-0 run by the Wolves gave them a one point lead with 11:06 on the clock. Epema ended the drought with a 3-point dagger, but Higgins responded on the other end to knot the game at 53-53 with 10:50 left. The next 1:36 saw zero points put on the board as the two teams traded turnovers. Rabenberg knocked down a jumper to end the mess and give NSU a two-point lead. The two teams traded baskets for the following four minutes, with the Wolves never relinquishing their lead. Two Davis free throws cut BSU’s deficit to four with 3:46 ticks on the clock, with a score of 66-62. Unfortunately for the Beavers, the game of runs continued and NSU went on a 6-0 run to take a commanding 72-62 lead with 2:27 left in regulation. BSU couldn’t find a way back into the contest playing the foul game as NSU hit 12-of-14 from the line down the stretch and lost by 11.
    Davis added six rebounds and went 6-of-6 from the line. Epema scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) scored 13 points and added a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.

vs. University of Mary - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team used a complete team effort to defeat University of Mary 71-61 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game played at BSU Gymnasium. Junior Colleen McKay (F, Barnum, Minn.) had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win, recording the third double-double of her career.
    Four players scored in double-figures and all 10 BSU players scored, with freshman Jessie Althoff (C, Becker, Minn.) leading the way with 11. She was 4-of-4 from the field, 1-for-1 from the 3-point line and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) had a solid game in her first start of the season with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals, shooting 3-of-5 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.), who is averaging 20.3 points per game in her last three games, had 10 with four rebounds. McKay’s double-double is the fourth by a Beaver player this season. Freshman Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) has two and freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) has the one.
    Baldwin scored the first points of the game with 18:21 on the scoreboard to give BSU a 2-0 lead. The Beavers (10-7, 4-6 NSIC) then had the lead all the way to the 6:35 mark, holding a lead as large as eight. The Marauders then took their first lead of the game at 21-20. The two teams traded buckets to a tie score of 24-24 with 1:54 on the clock. U-Mary closed the half on a 6-1 run to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room.
    The Beavers shot out of halftime on a mission and turned the five point deficit into a one point lead with a 8-2 run over the frame’s first three minutes. BSU continued to roll, getting scoring and defense from its entire roster. At the 8:36 mark, the Beavers were up 53-44 and never looked back, sustaining their high pace of play on both ends of the floor. The closest U-Mary got was at the 6:07 mark when it was down 55-48, but a sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) trademark 3-pointer squashed any opening for a run and the Beavers rolled to the 10-point victory.
    BSU shot 43.9 percent in the game to the Marauders’ 40 percent. The Beavers outrebounded (38-32) U-Mary and committed less turnovers (14-18). Epema had nine points and five rebounds. Sophomore Heather Sampson (C, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) played a career-high 12 minutes, scoring four points.

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 47 3-pointers this season to lead the team and the NSIC in 3-pointers made. She has attempted 111 3-pointers for a 42.3 percentage, which stands 30 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. Her 120 career 3-pointers made stands sixth all-time on BSU’s 3-pointers made chart.

Career 3-Pointers Made
Rk    Player    3PTM    3PTA    Years
1    Erin Walker    244    609    1997-00
2    Maggie Gernbacher    213    558    2003-06
3    Holly Logghe    212    526    1992-96
4    Kris DeMaris    168    423    1987-91
5    Heidi Matzke    123    375    2005-09
6    Sydney Epema    120    318    2008-SA

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.

Twice as Nice: Junior Colleen McKay recorded her third-career double-double in a 71-61 win against University of Mary Jan. 16, scoring 10 points and adding 10 rebounds. She had two double-doubles in her sophomore campaign on back-to-back nights Feb. 6-7.

Emily says, “NO!”: In 15 games played, 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 22 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 33.1 points per game, the most by any class on the team. They are also averaging 16.2 rebounds and 7.1 assists per contest. They have three double-doubles this season by two different players - 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)    33.1
Sophomores (5)    27.1
Juniors (3)    13.6
Senior (1)    2.3        

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: Eleven different Beavers have played in at least half of the conference games this season and 14 have seen the court.  Nine players have recorded at least 39 points this season and 10 different 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. 17 edition of the NCAA Division II national ranking summary placed the Beavers 29 in scoring offense, averaging 76.1 points per game. BSU also appeared in the top 50 in free throw percentage (25th, 75.1 percent), 3-point field goals per game (32nd, 7.2 3-pointers per game), 3-point percentage (41th, 35.8) and blocks (50th, 3.9 bpg). Sophomore Sydney Epema is 28 in 3-point field goals made with 2.8 per game and 30 in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.3 percent. Freshman Emily Kaus is 22 in the nation in blocks per game with 2.8 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).