BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team laced-up its sneakers for the first time as a full squad Thursday afternoon as is kicked off the 2009-10 campaign. The Beavers will practice from 3-5 p.m. during the fall semester.
“We are excited about how the players got after it in pre-season conditioning and skill workouts,” said head women’s coach Mike Curfman. “We have added some additional quickness and height to this year’s team and with a lot of returners that got significant minutes last year, we are looking forward to getting this season underway.”
BSU is returning three of its starters from last season and is bringing in eight newcomers. Top returners for the Beavers include, Colleen McKay (Jr., C, Barnum, Minn.), Sydney Epema (So., G, Crookston, Minn.) and Samantha Baldwin (So., PG, St. Thomas, N.D.). Lone senior Kim Rosecrans (G, Crosby, Minn.) also returns to a squad looking to improve on a 3-24 record from a season ago. The Beavers will run with just four upperclassmen in 2009-10, which includes Rosecrans, McKay, Kelly Landsverk (G, Fosston, Minn.) and Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn). Landsverk returns to the team after taking a two-year hiatus and Hebrink is a junior college transfer from Riverland Community College in Austin, Minn.
The Beavers get their first taste of competition Nov.16 at Mayville State in Mayville, N.D. at 7 p.m. BSU will open home and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Dec. 4 against Minnesota State University Moorhead at 6 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).