Beavers hit the road to MSU and SMSU
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Beavers hit the road to MSU and SMSU
Beavers hit the road to MSU and SMSU

This Week: The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team finishes the month of January with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road trip to Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 29-30. Both games are slated for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 10-8 overall and 4-7 in the NSIC, placing them 11th. BSU is coming off a NSIC home loss to Minnesota Duluth, 69-56.
• The Beavers are 4-2 on the road this season and 7-3 away from the BSU Gymnasium. They are 2-2 in NSIC road contests.
• BSU is 6-1 when leading at the half. It owns a 4-7 record when trailing at the break.
• The Beavers downed then-No. 11 Minnesota State 80-72 in a nonconference bout in the BSU Gymnasium Dec. 19.
• Seven different players have led the team in scoring in the 18 games this season.
• Sophomore Sydney Epema has a league-leading 48 3-pointers this season, shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is 25th in the Jan. 24 edition of the national rankings summary.

About Minnesota State: The Mavericks are 10-8 overall and 5-6 in the NSIC, sitting in a tie for eighth in the conference standings with Northern State and Southwest Minnesota State. Since MSU lost to BSU Dec. 19, the Mavericks have lost six of their last eight games. MSU is 8-1 at home this season. Senior Liz Trauger leads the team in points (14.2 ppg) and rebounds (6.2 rpg). Senior Tiffany Moe and sophomore Jennie Noreen are both averaging 13.4 points per game and Moe leads the team in assists per game at a 5.1 clip.     

Series History: The Beavers are 11-20 all-time against MSU and 2-3 in the last five games. Earlier this season, BSU downed the then-No. 11 Mavericks 80-72 in a nonconference game at the BSU Gymnasium. Freshman Jessie Althoff scored a career-high 18 points in the win.   
About Southwest Minnesota State: The Mustangs are 11-7 overall and 5-6 in conference play to sit in a tie for eighth with Minnesota State and Northern State. SMSU has lost its last three games and are 3-5 in its last eight. The Mustangs are 7-2 at home in 2009-10. Sophomore Abby Kenealy leads the team with 12.4 points per game and has 6.4 rebounds per game. Junior Heather Smith and junior Tori Fink are also average double-figures in scoring with 11.2 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.  

Series History: BSU is 29-35 all-time against SMSU, holding a 3-2 advantage in the last five contests. The Mustangs have won the last two match-ups, including last season’s game in Bemidji, 71-56. In the last game at the R/A Facility, Jan. 26, 2008, BSU lost 75-70.  

Last Action: The Beavers completed a three-game conference homestand with a 69-56 loss to Minnesota Duluth Jan. 23.

vs. Minnesota Duluth-  The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team lost a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game to University of Minnesota Duluth Jan. 23 at the BSU Gymnasium 69-56. The 56 points by BSU is its lowest output this season.
    Forty-seven turnovers were committed between the two squads, 24 by the Bulldogs (13-5, 8-3 NSIC) and 23 by the Beavers (10-8, 4-7 NSIC). BSU shot 37.3 percent from the field. Freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) was the lone Beaver to see double-figures in the game, scoring 12 points. Junior center Colleen McKay (Barnum, Minn.) scored nine points and added nine rebounds, falling just short of back-to-back double-doubles. She had 10 points and 10 rebounds against University of Mary Jan. 16.
    The game’s first 10 minutes was sloppy, but evenly sloppy, as the two teams were knotted 13-13. A 3-point shot by UMD at 7:58 started a 7-0 run for the road team, giving them a 20-13 lead. Two sophomore Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) free throws cut the deficit to five, but the Bulldogs kept rolling, earning a lead as large as 11 before holding an eight point advantage at the half at 32-24. UMD’s Jheri Booker, who leads the NSIC in scoring at a 20.5 clip, had 17 points at the half.
    Baldwin started the second half with a traditional 3-point play with a lay-up and free throw to get BSU within five. The Beavers then went on a slide, scoring just two points over the next 4:30, digging themselves into 17 point deficit at 29-46. The young BSU team didn’t fold to the Bulldogs and put together a 14-2 run to a score of 43-48 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Pettit scored seven points in the run, converting on a lay-up, jumper and 3-point shot. Unfortunately for BSU, it couldn’t sustain the tempo and the Bulldogs went on a 8-0 run to retake a double-digit lead with 5:39 left. The deficit proved to be too big for BSU to come back from and the Beavers fell by 13.
    Baldwin scored seven points and added seven rebounds. Pettit and Baldwin combined for only two of BSU’s 23 turnovers and had four of its nine assists. Booker finished with 23.

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 48 3-pointers this season to lead the team and the NSIC in 3-pointers made. She has attempted 113 3-pointers for a 42.5 percentage, which stands 25th 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 121 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    121    320    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 16 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 35 (2.2 bpg) blocked shots this season, sitting second in the NSIC and 19th 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 32.6 points per game, the most by any class on the team. They are also averaging 15.7 rebounds and 6.8 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)    32.6
Sophomores (5)    26.6
Juniors (3)    13.4
Senior (1)    2.9        

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 49 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. 24 edition of the NCAA Division II national ranking summary placed the Beavers 33rd in scoring offense, averaging 74.9 points per game. BSU also appeared in the top 50 in 3-point field goals per game (33rd, 7.2 3-pointers per game), free throw percentage (35th, 74.8 percent) and 3-point percentage (41th, 35.5). Freshman Emily Kaus is 19th in the nation in blocks per game with 2.2 per contest. Sophomore Sydney Epema is 25th in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.5 percent and 32nd in 3-point field goals made with 2.7 per game.  

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).