Beavers close 2009-10 at UMD and WSC
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Beavers close 2009-10 at UMD and WSC
This Week: The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team closes the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and regular season with two road games. The Beavers battle University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and Wayne State College (Neb.) at 4 p.m.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 12-13 overall and 6-12 in the NSIC, placing them 11th. BSU has lost its last three contests, falling to Winona State University 78-67 in its final home game of the season Feb. 20.

• The Beavers are 5-5 on the road this season, 3-5 in the NSIC.
• Sophomore Sydney Epema leads the team in scoring with 10.3 points per contest.
• Epema’s 56 3-pointers leads the team and is sixth in the NSIC. Her 2.2 3-pointers per game is 73rd in the nation. BSU is averaging 7.1 3-pointers per game, which is 31st in the nation.
• Freshman Emily Kaus has 40 blocks (1.7 bpg), which is second in the NSIC, 41st in the nation and ranks tied for third on BSU’s top single-season blocks list.
• The Beavers are 7-2 when leading at the half.

About Minnesota Duluth: The Bulldogs are 17-8 overall and 12-6 in NSIC play to sit fourth in the conference standings. UMD are winners of its last three and four of its last five. The Bulldogs downed Upper Iowa Feb. 20 in a home game, 84-42. UMD is 9-3 at home and 7-2 in conference games. Senior Jheri Booker leads the team and the NSIC in points per game with 21.0 per contest. She also leads the squad in rebounds per game at a 8.2 clip.

Series History: The Beavers and Bulldogs have a rich history that dates back to 1968. UMD holds the all-time series lead at 29-54. BSU is 2-3 in the last five contests, falling earlier this season at the BSU Gymnasium 69-56.  

About Wayne State: The Wildcats are 21-4 overall and 14-4 in conference play to sit in a tie for second in the NSIC with Augustana College. WSC is the hottest team in the league, winning its last 10 games. Since BSU defeated the Wildcats Jan. 3, they are 12-1. WSC is undefeated at home in 2009-10, going 13-0, 9-0 in conference play. Sophomore Ashley Arlen is leading the team and is second in the NSIC in scoring with 19.0 points per game. Junior Mara Hjelle is averaging 14.2 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. The Wildcats head to Southwest Minnesota State University Feb. 24 before hosting the Beavers.

Series History: The Wildcats own a 12-23 all-time advantage against BSU. The Beavers are 2-3 in the last five contests, winning the last battle at the BSU Gymnasium, Jan. 3, 83-79.
Last Action: The Beavers fell to WSU Feb. 20 78-67 in their final home game of the BSU Gymnasium.

vs. Winona State -  The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell to Winona State University 78-67 in the final home game of the 2009-10 season. Freshman Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) led BSU with 19 points in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest.
    The Beavers (12-12 overall and 6-12 NSIC) held a 13-11 lead with 11:17 remaining in the first half, but WSU (15-10 overall and 10-8 NSIC) tied the game on its next possession and then after a BSU turnover, the Warriors hit a 3-pointer which started a 10-0 run that put the Beavers down 21-13 with 9:40 left. Twelve of the 13 points by the Beavers came from 3-point land, two off the hands of Thompson. The early lead would be the last for the Beavers in the game, as the road team was able to hold off any BSU attempt at a comeback. The Warriors held a 42-33 lead at the half.
    BSU did threaten the WSU lead early in the second frame, starting on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to two at 44-42 with 14:32 remaining in regulation. The Beavers used four points from junior center Colleen McKay (Barnum, Minn.), two from freshman Jessie Althoff (C, Becker, Minn.) and a 3-pointer from Thompson to get back in the game. BSU then stalled out at 42 and the Warriors scored seven unanswered points to regain a nine-point advantage. WSU’s lead reached double-digits for the first time of the half at 54-44 with 11:45 left. Four straight points from the Beavers cut the deficit to six, but the Warriors’ 3-ball continued to hit at opportune times, as two bombs hit and the lead was back to 12. Sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) responded with a 3-pointer of her own to knock the lead back to nine with 8:21 showing on the clock. A 3-pointer by junior guard Anna Hebrink (Austin, Minn.) got BSU within seven at 66-59, then after a WSU bucket, Hebrink responded again with a jumper to keep the Beavers alive. Unfortunately for the home squad, the seven-point deficit was as close as they would get, en route to the 11-point loss.
    The game was the final home contest for senior guard Kim Rosecrans (Crosby, Minn.). She started for BSU, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting, while leading the team and tying her career-high in assists with four. She added two steals and played in 19 minutes, which tied her season-high. Thompson was 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Althoff scored 17 points in the game, adding five boards and two assists. She has scored in double-figures a team-high 12 times this season. McKay led the team with nine rebounds. BSU and WSU both hit nine 3-pointers, but the difference was the Warriors attempted 18 and the Beavers shot 29, to BSU’s credit, a lot of those attempts came in the final four minutes in an effort to get back in the game.  
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 56 3-pointers this season to lead the team and sit sixth in the NSIC in 3-pointers made. She has attempted 150 3-pointers for a 37.3 percentage, which stands 56th 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 129 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    129    357    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 23 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 40 (1.7 bpg) blocked shots this season, sitting second in the NSIC and 41st in the nation. She is tied for fourth on BSU’s top season blocks list.

BSU Top Season Blocks List
Rk    Player    Blocks    Average    Season
1    Sonia Stehr    51    1.7    1995-96
2    Kelly Harvey    42    1.5    1994-95
3    Lois Weiers    40    1.3    1985-86
    Emily Kaus    40    1.7    2009-10

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 31.3 points per game, the most by any class on the team. They are also averaging 14.6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.4 steals 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)    31.3
Sophomores (5)    24.5
Juniors (3)    14.3
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: 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 100 points overall this season and 11 different players have scored in NSIC play.

Road Warriors: The Beavers are 5-5 on the road this season, 3-5 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 Feb. 21 edition of the NCAA Division II national ranking summary placed the Beavers 31st in 3-point field goals per game (7.1 3-pointers per game), 48th in free throw percentage (74.2%), 51st in 3-point percentage (34.8%) and 52nd in scoring offense (72.5 ppg). Freshman Emily Kaus is 41st in blocks per game with 1.7 per contest. Sophomore Sydney Epema is 56th in 3-point field goal percentage at 37.3 percent and 73rd in 3-point field goals made with 2.2 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).