Peacocks and Warriors visit BSU for season finale
Friday, February 24, 2012
Peacocks and Warriors visit BSU for season finale
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Upper Iowa
Date: Friday, February 24, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Setting the Scene

Opponent: Winona State
Date: Saturday, February 25, 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 (8-17, 6-14 NSIC) closes the 2011-12 season with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home weekend Feb. 24-25 as Upper Iowa University and Winona State University visit BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers battle the Peacocks at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 and the Warriors Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.       

The Beavers
The Beavers are 8-17 overall and 6-14 in NSIC play to sit tied for 11th in the league standings with University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Beavers are on a five-game losing streak after falling twice on the road Feb. 17-18. BSU lost to Southwest Minnesota State 72-57 after holding a seven point halftime lead - its third straight loss after leading at the half. The Beavers then ran into a hot shooting Minnesota State team that made 13 3-pointers, en route to an 81-50 victory. BSU boasts the best free throw percentage in the NSIC (No. 5 nationally), shooting at a 77.7 clip. The Beavers shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc to sit second in the league and No. 27 in the nation. Sophomore Morgan Lee is 11th in the NSIC in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She is seventh in 3-point percentage (40.3%).

Fast Break
• The Beavers recorded their 500th program win Jan. 20 with a 72-71 victory against Minnesota State.
• BSU has 66.0 points per game in NSIC contests only to rank sixth, but have allowed 72.3 points per game to rank 13th in the league.
• BSU is second in the league in NSIC games only with a 77.7 percentage from the charity stripe. Its 77.7 percentage overall mark leads the league and ranks 5th in the nation. The Beavers have two players in the top 15 in the league in free throw percentage in senior Samantha Baldwin (80.0% - t8th) and sophomore Kate Warmack (77.6% - t12th).
• Last season the team’s points leader at the end of the season had 9.3 points per game. The Beavers are touting three players in the NSIC’s top 30 for scoring this season in: sophomore Morgan Lee (12.9 ppg - 11th), Warmack (11.5 ppg - 15th) and Thompson (10.0 ppg - t29th).
• Thompson has 44 steals (1.8 spg) this season to sit sixth in the NSIC and her 76 assists (3.2 apg) ranks tied for seventh in the conference. Baldwin is 13th in steals with 40 (1.6 spg).
• Warmack ranks eighth in the NSIC in field goal percentage, shooting at a 47.8 percent clip and sits ninth in rebounds (6.6 rpg), tied for 11th in blocks (1.08 bpg) and tied for 12th in free throw percentage (77.6%).
• The Beavers are third in NSIC contests this season with a 35.3 percentage from downtown. It’s overall percentage of 35.4 is second in the conference and No. 27 nationally.
• Lee has made 51 3-pointers in league games this season to rank second for first in the category and average 2.55 3-pointers made per game. Her 41.5 percentage from beyond the arc ranks eighth in league games this season.
• 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 nine games. Overall that group has heard their names called 15 times for a 6-9 record.

The Peacocks
The Peacocks own a 3-21 overall and 3-17 NSIC record to rank 14th in the conference standings. UIU is 0-11 on the road this season and haven’t won away from Fayette, Iowa in 30 games - since Jan. 27, 2010 against Rockhurst. The Peacocks are being outscored by a an average of 15.2 points per game and are being outrebounded by 4.5 rebounds per game. Whitney Kieffer is guiding UIU with 15.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Peacocks head coach is Carol Russell, who is in her second season at Upper Iowa.   
All-time Series vs the Peacocks

The Beavers are 11-3 all-time against the Peacocks and have won the last four meetings, including earlier this season in Fayette, Iowa by the score of 72-50. The last time BSU hosted UIU, the Beavers won 79-65.   

The Warriors
The Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak heading into the weekend and own a 17-9 overall and 12-8 NSIC record to rank fifth in the conference standings. In the last four games, WSU has scored 80.0 points per game, while allowing just 54.3 points per contest. Michelle McDonald has guided the Warriors in points the last five games and leads the team with 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. WSU is guided by seventh-year head coach Scott Ballard.   
All-time Series vs the Warriors
The Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Warriors Dec. 9 in Winona, Minn., winning 69-62. All-time BSU owns a 43-28 record but are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.