Beavers host Mavericks and Mustangs in NSIC contests
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Beavers host Mavericks and Mustangs in NSIC contests
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota State
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Southwest Minnesota State
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (5-11; 3-8 NSIC) hopes to snap an eight-game losing streak Jan. 20-21 as it completes a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference homestand with Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University at BSU Gymnasium. The contest with the Mavericks will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and the tip with the Mustangs is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.     

The Beavers
The Beavers are 5-11 overall and 3-8 in NSIC play to sit tied for 12th in the league standings with Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers have lost eight straight games (seven straight NSIC games). BSU has the second best free throw percentage in the NSIC this season, shooting at a 78.2 clip. The team has knocked down 108 3-pointers in 2011-12 to rank second in the conference in 3-pointers made per game with 6.8 per contest. In conference games, the Beavers are averaging 66.0 points per game to rank third, but are allowing the most points per game at a 74.7 per contest. BSU is led in points and rebounds by sophomore Kate Warmack’s 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Fast Break
• The Beavers are stuck on 499 program wins, looking for 500 this weekend.
• Sophomore Kate Warmack’s 49.3 percent from the field ranks fifth in the NSIC.
• BSU leads the league in NSIC games only with a 78.5 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 78.2 percentage overall mark ranks second in the league and 10th in the nation. The Beavers have three players in the top 15 in the league in free throw percentage, led by junior Shannon Thompson’s 82.4 percent from the line which ranks eighth in the league.
• The Beavers are touting four players in the top 30 for scoring - Warmack (12.4 ppg - 12th), sophomore Morgan Lee (12.1 ppg - 14th), Thompson (10.5 ppg - 24th) and senior Samantha Baldwin (9.9 ppg - 27th).
• Lee has made 24 3-pointers in league games this season to rank third in the category (one behind co-leaders) and average 2.18 3-pointers made per game.
• BSU is 4-1 when it has a lead or is tied at halftime.

Last Time Out
The Beavers only scored seven points in the final 9:32 in its 74-66 loss toe St. Cloud State University Jan. 13, leading 59-58 with under 10 play. Senior Samantha Baldwin had a career-high 21 points in the loss. Concordia University, St. Paul knocked down nine 3-pointers in the first half and 13 in the game, while shooting above 60 percent from the floor against BSU, never letting the Beavers into the game after opening a lead mid-way though the first half. Sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) led the Beavers with 17 points and six rebounds.    

The Mavericks
The Mavericks are 12-3 overall and 8-3 in NSIC play to hold down sole possession of fourth place. MSU is on an eight-game winning streak, last losing Dec. 9 at home to Concordia-St. Paul. During the run Laura Weber has led the team in scoring six times and is currently guiding the team in the points category with 12.1 per game. Ali Wilkinson owns 12.0 points per game and leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game. The Mavericks are 4-2 on the road this season. Pam Gohl is in her fourth season as the head coach at MSU.
All-time Series vs the Mavericks
The Beavers are 12-24 all-time against the Mavericks with a 2-3 record in the last five contests. Last season MSU swept the season series, but by a total of six points. The Mavericks downed BSU 77-73 in Mankato before knocking down a heart-breaking last second shot at the BSU Gymnasium to win 75-73.

The Mustangs
The Mustangs are 5-10 overall and 4-7 in conference play to rank tied for 10 in the NSIC standings. SMSU is coming off a three-game losing streak, losing all three at home. SMSU has the third worst turnovers per game mark in the NSIC, handing the ball over 17.9 times per game. Abby Kenealy guides the Mustang offense with 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Her points mark ranks sixth in the NSIC. Allison Kruger is in her second season as bench boss of the Mustangs.
All-time Series vs the Mustangs
The Beavers are 30-37 all-time against the Mustangs and hold a 1-4 record in the last five meetings. Last season BSU fell in Marshall 57-54, but snapped a four-game losing streak against SMSU at BSU Gymnasium with a 68-65 victory.