Beavers host CU and SCSU
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Beavers host CU and SCSU
Beavers host CU and SCSU

This Week: The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hosts its last full weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games Feb. 5-6. BSU welcomes No. 23 Concordia University, St. Paul and St. Cloud State University to the BSU Gymnasium with both contests slated for a 6 p.m. start.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 11-9 overall and 5-8 in the NSIC, placing them 11th. BSU is coming off a 1-1 NSIC road weekend, downing Minnesota State University, Mankato 61-59, before falling to Southwest Minnesota State University 73-63.

• BSU is 0-2 against CU (85-62) and SCSU (87-80) this season.
• The Beavers have struggled at home this season posting a 3-5 record overall and a 2-5 NSIC record.
• BSU is 7-1 when leading at the half. It owns a 4-7 record when trailing at the break and is 0-1 when tied at halftime.
• Seven different players have led the team in scoring in the 20 games this season.
• Sophomore Sydney Epema has a league-leading 51 3-pointers this season, shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc, which is 28th in the Jan. 31 edition of the national rankings summary.
About Concordia University: The No. 23 Golden Bears are 16-4 overall and 10-3 in the NSIC for a share of the top spot in the league standings with Augustana. Since starting 2010 3-0,CU is 3-3 with a loss in its last contest, Jan. 30, at home to Wayne State 87-69. The Golden Bears are 5-3 on the road this season. They are led in scoring by junior Maurika Hickman with 13.5 points per game. Senior Gillian Bjerke has 11.6 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.  
Series History: The Beavers are 11-22 all-time against the Golden Bears, but BSU is just 1-19 in the last 20 meetings. Earlier this season, then-No. 23 CU downed the Beavers 82-65 in St. Paul.   
About St. Cloud State: St. Cloud State is 8-12 overall and 3-10 in the NSIC following an 0-2 home weekend versus Wayne State, 66-52, and Augustana College, 77-73, placing it 13th in the league. The Huskies have lost their last four contests and are 1-5 since downing BSU Jan. 9. SCSU is 1-6 on the road this season. Junior Talisha Barlow is fifth in the conference in scoring with 16.4 points per game, adding a tie for the team-lead in rebounds per game at a 4.6 clip. Sophomore Becca Friestleben owns 14.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Series History: The Beavers hold a 12-9 all-time advantage against CU. BSU is 1-4 in the last five meetings, losing earlier this season 110-76 in St. Paul.

Last Action: The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC road weekend at Minnesota State (61-59) and Southwest Minnesota State (73-63).
at Minnesota State -  Sophomore Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) converted on a lay-up with six seconds remaining in regulation to give the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team a 61-59 victory against Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Taylor Center Friday night. The Beavers shot 53.1 percent from the field in the game and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc in the second half in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.
    All 10 Beaver (11-8, 5-7 NSIC) players that saw the floor scored in the game, led by freshman Katie Pettit’s (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) 13 points. The 53.1 percent from the field is the second best output from the Beavers this season. BSU scored 32 points in the paint to MSU’s (10-9, 5-7 NSIC) 14. With just under two minutes in the game and the Beavers up 59-57, MSU forced a BSU shot with time running down on the shot clock. The Beavers missed the shot, got the offensive rebound, but turned the ball over to the Mavericks. MSU came down the floor and missed a shot of its own and BSU had the ball. Another Beaver turnover put the ball in the Mavericks’ court and they converted on a jumper to tie the game with 37 seconds left. MSU played tight defense and kept BSU around the perimeter at the other end of the floor. After a scrum in the lane, Baldwin came-up with the ball and put up a desperation lay-up as the shot clock expired, sinking a dagger into the home team. MSU got the ball past half court and shot a 3-pointer that would have won the game, but it went strong off the high glass and the Beavers breathed a sigh of relief. The Beavers started slow in the first half, but so did the Mavericks as the home team shot just 27.8 percent from the field in the first 12 minutes of the half. BSU started rolling in the last seven minutes of the frame, starting with a senior guard Kim Rosecrans (Crosby, Minn.) lay-up with 6:49 remaining, putting the score at 13-12 Beavers. BSU then closed the half on a 16-7 run to own a 29-19 lead at the half, getting six points from Pettit. The Beavers and Mavericks had the same amount of rebounds in the half at 18, but MSU had nine offensive boards. Fortunately for BSU, the Mavericks only scored three second chance points. The Beavers scored 20 of its points in the paint and shot 54.2 percent from the field.
    The start of the second half saw the Beaver 3-ball come alive, as sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) and junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) hit shots from beyond the arc in the first three minutes of the half to increase the lead to 39-25. Pressure defense and two more Hebrink 3-pointers gave the Beavers a 47-28 lead with 12:12 left in the half. At the 8:56 mark, Pettit and freshman guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) had hit 3-pointers and BSU was 6-8 from downtown in the half, owning a 53-34 lead. The Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 10. Freshman Jessie Althoff (C, Becker, Minn.) stopped the run with a lay-up with seven minutes left, but MSU didn’t stop coming at BSU and was down seven at 48-55 with 5:38 left in regulation. After trading buckets, an MSU 3-pointer and lay-up made the score 59-57 Beavers with 1:57 reading on the scoreboard. Pettit added a team-high six rebounds in the game, while assisting on three buckets. She shot 5-of-10 from the field. Hebrink had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
at Southwest Minnesota State -  After shooting 53.1 percent in Friday night’s win at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team shot just 36.7 percent from the field in a 73-63 loss to Southwest Minnesota State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at the R/A Facility Saturday.
    Both teams started running right out of the gates, but neither team could find a rhythm on the offensive end as BSU (11-8, 5-7 NSIC) held a 6-5 lead 5:08 into the contest. The teams then traded baskets until junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Beavers a 15-11 lead heading into the media timeout with 9:45 left in the first half. The Beavers continued to push the Mustangs (12-7, 6-6 NSIC) on both ends of the floor and increased their lead to nine at 27-18 with 4:54 remaining in the frame. SMSU then used a 10-1 run to take its first lead since early in the game at 29-28 with 1:56 remaining in the half. On the next BSU possession, freshman Katie Pettit’s (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) shot from downtown regained the lead for the road team at 31-29. The Mustangs tied the game 33-33 with two free throws with 21 second left and that would stand as the halftime score as the two teams headed in to the locker room all knotted up. Eleven Beavers saw the court in the first half and nine of them scored, led by Pettit’s six points. BSU shot 41.4 percent from the field, holding SMSU to 29.7 percent. The Beavers were 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and owned the glass 25-23.
    The Beavers started the second half cold, going 0-for-7 in the first 3:57, forcing Curfman to take a timeout down 39-33. BSU came out of the timeout and opened the driving lane for Pettit and she converted on a lay-up to stop the drought. BSU scored on its next possession to make the score 37-39 with 15:28 left in the half. SMSU then went on a 10-0 run to push its lead to 11 at 50-39 with 11:14 on the clock. Freshman guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) stopped the run with a lay-up with 10:19 remaining. With the score 55-43 and 7:47 on the clock, sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) hit a 3-point dagger that sparked a 7-0 run to cut the Mustang lead to five at 55-50. SMSU responded with a 5-0 run to regain the double-digit lead at 60-50 with 4:22 reading on the scoreboard. A Hebrink 3-pointer cut the Mustang lead to four at 62-58 with 1:49 left in regulation. After trading two free throws a side, SMSU knocked down the nail in the coffin, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:29 left, giving the Mustangs a 67-60 lead. BSU was forced to play the foul game and SMSU responded with a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the final minute, winning the game by 10 points. BSU shot 41.4 percent from the field in the first half, but only made 10-of-31 shots (32.3%) in the second half. BSU had 19 turnovers in the game, handing over 15 points off giveaways to the Mustangs. Epema led the team with 12 points, 10 in the second half. Freshman Jessie Althoff (C, Becker, Minn.) posted 11 points and four rebounds in the game. Junior center Colleen McKay (Barnum, Minn.) led the team with eight rebounds, while adding six 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 51 3-pointers this season to lead the team and the NSIC in 3-pointers made. She has attempted 120 3-pointers for a 42.5 percentage, which stands 28th 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 124 career 3-pointers made stands fifth 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    Sydney Epema    124    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 18 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 38 (2.1 bpg) blocked shots this season, sitting second in the NSIC and 20th 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 32.1 points per game, the most by any class on the team. They are also averaging 15.5 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)    32.1
Sophomores (5)    25.8
Juniors (3)    13.6
Senior (1)    2.8        

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 in at least half of the conference games this season and 14 have seen the court.  Nine players have recorded at least 100 points this season and 11 different players have scored in NSIC play.

Road Warriors: The Beavers are 5-3 on the road this season, 3-3 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. 31 edition of the NCAA Division II national ranking summary placed the Beavers 29th in 3-point field goals per game (7.2 3-pointers per game), 40th in scoring offense (73.7 ppg),  41st om 3-point percentage (35.7%) and 47th in free throw percentage (74.0%). Freshman Emily Kaus is 20th in blocks per game with 2.1 per contest. Sophomore Sydney Epema is 28th in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.5 percent and 42nd in 3-point field goals made with 2.6 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).