Beavers head to Minnesota Duluth for NSIC contest
Friday, February 3, 2012
Beavers head to Minnesota Duluth for NSIC contest
Setting the Scene
Opponent: University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012
Location: Duluth, Minn.
Tip-off: 2:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Romano Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,759

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The Game
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-12, 6-9 NSIC) travels to University of Minnesota Duluth (12-7, 9-6 NSIC) for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. to close a three-game NSIC road trip.      

The Beavers
The Beavers are 8-12 overall and 6-9 in the NSIC to sit in a tie for ninth in the league standings with St. Cloud State University. BSU went 1-1 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 27-28, falling to University of Mary 77-59 before posting a 56-54 comeback victory at Northern State University. The Beavers have the best free throw percentage in NSIC games this season, shooting at a 78.9 percent clip. Junior Shannon Thompson leads the league in conference games with an 88.1 percentage from the line. BSU is averaging 66.0 points per NSIC contest this season to rank second in the leauge, but are allowing 71.9 points per game to sit 13th. Sophomore Kate Warmack is averaging 12.6 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore Morgan Lee leads the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game and is shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc to rank sixth in the NSIC.  

Fast Break
• The Beavers recorded their 500th program win Jan. 20 with a 72-71 victory against Minnesota State.
• BSU has the second best scoring offense in NSIC games this season with 66.0 points per game, but have allowed 71.9 points per game to rank 13th in the league.
• Sophomore Kate Warmack’s 49.7 percent from the field ranks sixth in the NSIC.
• BSU leads the league in NSIC games only with a 78.9 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 78.5 percentage overall mark leads the league and ranks 5th 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 85.5 percent from the line which ranks fourth in the league.
• The Beavers are touting four players in the NSIC’s top 30 for scoring in league games - sophomore Morgan Lee (13.1 ppg - 13th), Warmack (12.3 ppg - 17th), Thompson (10.9 ppg - 21st) and senior Samantha Baldwin (10.3 ppg - 27th).
• Lee has made 38 3-pointers in league games this season to rank tied for first in the category and average 2.53 3-pointers made per game. Her 44.7 percentage from beyond the arc ranks sixth in league games this season.
• The Beavers are second in NSIC contests this season with a 36.3 percent clip from downtown.
• BSU is 6-1 when it has a lead or is tied at halftime.
• Head coach Mike Curfman has used seven different starting line-ups this season, the tandem of Baldwin, Thompson, freshman Jessi Corrick, Lee and Warmack has been together the last four games and have posted a 3-1 record. Overall that group has heard their names called 10 times for a 6-4 record.

Last Time Out

The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 27-28. BSU fell to University of Mary 77-59 before downing Northern State 56-54. The Beavers got down early against U-Mary and never was able to recover. Senior Taylor Davis led the team in scoring for the first time this season with 12 points. Sophomore Kate Warmack had nine point and nine rebounds. Sophomore Morgan Lee knocked down a 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining, then junior Shannon Thompson converted on a lay-up with four ticks left to guide the Beavers to the two point victory against NSU. BSU was able to hold the Wolves to just three points in the game’s final 7:11, outscoring the home team 12-3. Senior Samantha Baldwin had a team-high 14 for the Beavers.       

The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are 12-7 overall and 9-6 in NSIC play to sit in a tie for fourth in the league standings with Minnesota State. UMD is 4-2 in its last six contests and went 1-1 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 27-28, losing to Northern State 62-54, before downing U-Mary 54-49. Courtney Doucette has led the team in scoring the past four contests and is averaging 13.2 points per games this season, while leading the team in assists per game with 2.9. Katrina Newman is guiding the Bulldogs in points (14.1 ppg) and rebounds (8.6 rpg) per game. Annette Wiles is in her third season as head coach at Minnesota Duluth.  
All-time Series vs the Bulldogs
The Beavers and Bulldogs have a history that dates back to 1968, with BSU trailing the all-time series 29-58. UMD has won the last seven meetings between the teams, including a 74-54 victory in Bemidji Jan. 3. Last season in Duluth the Beavers fell 99-76.