Beavers hit the road to battle Vikings and Wildcats
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Beavers hit the road to battle Vikings and Wildcats

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (7-5, 3-5 NSIC) is on the road Jan. 10-11, as it travels to Augustana College (8-4, 4-4 NSIC) and No. 11 Wayne State College (14-1, 7-1 NSIC) for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tests. BSU and Augie are set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s contest versus the Wildcats is slatted for a 4 p.m. start.

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The Beavers
The Beavers went 1-1 in a home NSIC weekend to begin the new year Jan. 3-4. The Beavers shot just 16.7 percent in a 62-31 loss to Winona State before rebounding and downing Upper Iowa 64-59 behind four players in double figures scoring. BSU shot 40.9 percent from the field in the win against UIU, while limiting turnovers and recording twice as many assists than the night before. Bemidji State is fourth in NSIC games in field goal defense, allowing a 38.9 percentage to its opponents.
          In conference games this season, senior Kate Warmack ranks second in rebounding (10.3 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg), fifth in field goal percentage (55.3%) and 11th in scoring (16.3 ppg).   

Fast Break
• With 10.8 rebounds per game, Kate Warmack is second in the NSIC and 17th nationally.
• Warmack has recorded seven double-doubles this season to sit second in the league and tied for ninth in the nation.
• Warmack has twice posted a career-high 17 rebounds, which stands second in the NSIC this season for rebounds in a game.
Morgan Lee’s 2.8 3-pointers per game not only leads the conference, but sits 23rd in the nation. Her 44.7 shooting percentage from long range is 23rd nationally.
• Lee knocked down seven 3-pointers versus Western State (Nov. 16) to sit tied for first in the league for most 3-pointers in a game. The mark also ranks tied for 12th nationally.
• Bemidji State pulled down 58 rebounds against Finlandia (Nov. 19) to tie for the most rebounds in a game by any NSIC team.  

The Vikings
The Vikings (receiving votes in the national poll) are 8-4, but own a 2-3 record in their last five games. Augie is 5-2 at home this season, with a 1-2 mark in NSIC play. Six different players have guided the team in scoring in the 12 contests, while Emily Schulte is the team’s leader with 14.5 points per game. Three other players are scoring in double-figures, including Rhianna Gullickson, who owns 12.8 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game. In NSIC games, AC owns a +3.6 turnover margin that ranks third in the league.   

All-time Series vs. the Vikings
In 13 all-time meetings versus Augie, the Beavers are 2-11. BSU last defeated the Vikings Jan. 8, 2011 in Bemidji, Minn. when it won 79-78 against the then-No. 21 Augustana.

The Wildcats
The Wildcats are 14-1 overall to rank No. 11 in the nation. The team’s lone loss came at home versus Concordia-St. Paul Dec. 14, 57-54. WSC has had its leading scorer total 17 or more points in all but two games this season. Five players own scoring averages of 8.2 points per game or more, guided by Jordan Spencers’ 18.3 points per game. Mille Niggeling is second in scoring with 11.7 points per game, while coming off the bench all season. In league games, WSC is holding its opponent to 60.9 points per game and ranks second in scoring margin (+10.6 ppg).   

All-time Series vs. the Wildcats
The Beavers trail the Wildcats in the all-time series 13-26 and are 1-7 in the last eight meetings The last win came Jan. 3, 2010 at home by the score of 83-79.

NSIC Player of the Week – Kate Warmack

Senior Kate Warmack recorded a career night Dec. 20 against University of Minnesota Crookston, as she posted 24 points and 17 rebounds to be honored as NSIC Player of the Week, Dec. 23. She shot 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the field and was 6-for-9 (66.7%) from the free throw line with two steals, one block, one assist and just one turnover in 30 minutes of play.

A Grand Accomplishment
Senior guard Morgan Lee became the 16th player in Bemidji State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points with a 29-point effort in BSU’s 85-61 victory over Western State (Colo.), Nov. 16. Lee follows in the footsteps of her father, David Lee, who scored 2,034 points for the Beavers as a student-athlete from 1984-88. She is currently 13th all-time on Bemidji State’s scoring list.

Lee for Threeeee
Senior Morgan Lee has knocked down 183 3-pointers in her career to sit fourth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list. 

Block Party
Senior Kate Warmack is climbing BSU’s career blocks chart and with 97 career swats, she sits fourth. She has 14 blocks this season.

Bringin’ down the Boards
Senior Kate Warmack has recorded eight games with 10 or more rebounds this season and 22 in her career. She owns 573 career boards to sit 48 shy of BSU’s career top 10 list.

Countdown to 400
Head coach Mike Curfman has coached 393 games in his NCAA Division II head coaching career. The Jan. 18 home game against Northern State is set to be his 400th career game as a head coach.

NSIC Preseason Poll/Player to Watch
The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was picked to finish 14th in the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Senior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) was named BSU’s Player to Watch. The Beavers earned 45 overall points for 14th, while they were pegged eighth in the NSIC North Division.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).