PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Freshman center Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.) recorded her first-career double-double to pace the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team to a 79-65 victory against Western New Mexico in the Grand Canyon Thanksgiving Tournament, Saturday. Kaus had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the game, leading four Beavers to a 4-1 start.
With the win, the Beavers improve to 4-1 on the season, surpassing last season’s win total. The last time BSU started 4-1 was the 1986-87 season.
“We did a lot of good things today,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “Our offense and defense was clicking all weekend. We had a good weekend against Division II and regional opponents.”
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the Mustangs holding a 40-37 advantage at the break. Sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) tallied two of her 13 points with a lay-up with 16:21 remaining in the game, giving BSU a 44-42 lead. The Beavers wouldn’t give that lead up for the rest of the game, increasing the lead to 10 with six minutes remaining. The Mustangs would only get as close as six for the remainder of the game and BSU ended the contest with a 14 point lead.
Kaus’ double-double was the second recorded by a Beaver player this season. She joins freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) as the only Beavers to have a double-double this season. Pettit also had a good game, leading the team in points with 14, while adding five rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) posted 11 points off the bench, with five rebounds. BSU shot 41.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line. The Beavers held the Mustangs to 38.2 shooting from the field in the game and 32.1 percent in the second half.
The Beavers begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at home Dec. 4-5. BSU plays Minnesota State University Moorhead at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).