Beavers head to Mustangs and Mavericks to close NSIC road slate
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Beavers head to Mustangs and Mavericks to close NSIC road slate

Setting the Scene

Opponent: Southwest Minnesota State

Date:  Friday, February 17, 2012

Location: Marshall, Minn.

Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.

Gymnasium: R/A Facility

Capacity: 4,000

Setting the Scene

Opponent: Minnesota State

Date:  Saturday, February 18, 2012

Location: Mankato, Minn.

Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.

Gymnasium: Taylor Center

Capacity: 4,521


Local Radio: KKBJ Talk Radio 1360 AM

Play-by-play: Mark Ricci

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The Game

The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-15, 6-12 NSIC) closes it Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road slate Feb. 17-18 at Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers battle the Mustangs 6 p.m. Feb. 17 and the Mavericks Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.       

The Beavers

The Beavers are 8-15 overall and 6-12 in NSIC play to sit tied for 11th in the league standings with University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers are on a three-game losing streak after falling by a total of six points Feb. 10-11. BSU fell to Minnesota, Crookston 77-73 after holding a six point halftime lead and then lost 95-93 in a program-record three overtime periods to Minnesota State University Moorhead after holding an 11 point halftime advantage. BSU boasts the best free throw percentage in the NSIC (No. 4 nationally), shooting at a 78.0 clip. The Beavers shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc to sit second in the league and No. 15 in the nation. Sophomore Morgan Lee is 11th in the NSIC in scoring with 13.1 points per game. She is seventh in 3-point percentage (40.6%).

Fast Break: 

• The Beavers recorded their 500th program win Jan. 20 with a 72-71 victory against Minnesota State.

• BSU has 66.4 points per game in NSIC contests only to rank fifth, but have allowed 72.8 points per game to rank 13th in the league.

• BSU leads the league in NSIC games only with a 78.1 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 78.0 percentage overall mark leads the league and ranks 4th 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 84.8 percent from the line which ranks third in the league. 

• Last season the team’s points leader at the end of the season had 9.3 points per game. The Beavers are touting four players in the NSIC’s top 30 for scoring this season in: sophomore Morgan Lee (13.1 ppg - 11th), sophomore Kate Warmack (11.9 ppg - 15th), Thompson (10.5 ppg - 25th) and senior Samantha Baldwin (10.0 ppg - t-30th). 

• Thompson has 39 steals (1.8 spg) this season to sit eighth in the NSIC and her 70 assists (3.2 apg) ranks tied for seventh in the conference. Baldwin is 11th in steals with 38 (1.7 spg).

• Warmack ranks seventh in the NSIC in field goal percentage, shooting at a 48.6 percent clip and sits ninth in rebounds (6.7 rpg), 10th in blocks (1.13 bpg) and 13th in free throw percentage (77.6%).

• The Beavers are second in NSIC contests this season with a 36.3 percentage from downtown. It’s overall percentage of 36.3 is second in the conference and No. 15 nationally.

• Lee has made 47 3-pointers in league games this season to rank tied for first in the category and average 2.61 3-pointers made per game. Her 42.0 percentage from beyond the arc ranks eighth in league games this season.

• BSU was 6-1 when it had a lead or was tied at halftime until losing twice Feb. 10-11 after holding leads at the break. 

• 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 seven games. Overall that group has heard their names called 13 times for a 6-7 record.

The Mustangs

The Mustangs are 5-18 overall and 4-15 in NSIC play to sit 13th in the league standings. SMSU has lost 11 straight with its last win coming Jan. 3 at MSU Moorhead. This season the Mustangs are being outscored by -7.8 points per game and in conference games have the worst scoring offense, averaging 59.0 points per contest. Abby Kenealy guides the team in scoring and rebounding this season with 14.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Allison Kruger is in her second season at SMSU.    


All-time Series vs the Mustangs 

The Beavers downed the Mustangs 77-54 earlier this season in Bemidji to improve to 31-37 all-time against SMSU. BSU has won two straight against the Mustangs and are 2-3 in the last five meetings. BSU has lost the last three at SMSU, with the last win coming Dec. 2, 2006 by the score of 76-66.   

The Mavericks

The Mavericks are 15-8 overall and 11-8 in conference play to hold the fifth spot in the NSIC standings. MSU is 3-2 in its last five games, but 3-4 since falling to BSU Jan. 20 in Bemidji that snapped an eight-game winning streak. Minnesota State has three players in double-figures scoring, guided by Laura Weber’s 12.8 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.2. Pam Gohl is in her fourth season at BSU.   


All-time Series vs the Mavericks

The Beavers defeated the Mavericks 72-71 Jan. 20 in Bemidji and are 3-2 in the last five meetings. All-time, BSU trails 13-24. The Beavers fell in Mankato last season 77-73, but won the previous season 71-69. The difference in points in the last four meetings between BSU and MSU is a combined nine points.