BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (8-14, 4-14 NSIC) returns to the BSU Gymnasium for the final time in 2013-14 when it hosts Minnesota State University, Mankato (17-5, 14-4 NSIC) and Concordia University, St. Paul (19-6, 14-4 NSIC) for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games Feb. 14-15. BSU and MSU are set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s contest versus CU is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
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The Beavers went 0-2 in an NSIC home weekend Feb. 7-8, falling to Minot State (receiving votes), 74-66 and U-Mary, 71-67. Bemidji State has lost seven straight games and owns an 8-14 overall record with a 4-14 NSIC mark. During the seven-game skid, five of the games have been decided by 10 or less points. Senior Morgan Lee ranks fourth in the NSIC in scoring with 17.6 points per game and sixth in 3-point percentage, shooting at a 42.7 percent clip. Senior Kate Warmack is tied for second in blocks (1.95 bpg), fourth in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (53.2%) and 10th in scoring (16.2 ppg). Her 10 double-doubles ranks tied for third in the NSIC, 18th in the nation. Saturday marks Senior Day for Jessie Althoff, Lee and Warmack.
• Warmack has twice posted a career-high 17 rebounds, which stands tied for second most in the NSIC this season for rebounds in a game.
• Warmack has 10 double-doubles this season, since 1993-94, the BSU record for most double-doubles in a season is 12 by Stephanie Peterson in 2006-07.
• Her 10.0 rebounds per game is 34th in the nation, while her 1.95 blocks per game (43 total) is 36th nationally, as is the 53.2 percent shooting from the field.
• Warmack surpassed 1,000 career points (now with 1,050 points) Jan. 31 and become the school’s all-time blocks leader (119 blocks) Feb. 1. She ranks eighth all-time on the rebounding list with 665 rebounds and is the only player in BSU history to total more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks in a career.
• Morgan Lee’s 42.7 shooting percentage from long range is second in the NSIC and 18th nationally, while her 2.55 3-pointers per game is third in the conference and sits 41st in the nation.
• 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 22nd nationally.
• Warmack recorded 33 points at Minnesota Crookston (Nov. 30) and Lee matched the 33 points versus St. Cloud State (Dec. 6). The mark ranks tied for second in the NSIC this season.
• Bemidji State pulled down 58 rebounds against Finlandia (Nov. 19) to tie for the second most rebounds in a game by any NSIC team.
• The Beavers are on a seven-game skid, the longest since an eight-game losing streak Dec. 16, 2011-Jan. 14, 2012. The last time BSU lost nine or more games was when it suffered 10 straight setbacks during the 2010-11 season (Jan. 9-Feb. 12).
The No. 21 Mavericks (17-5, 14-4 NSIC) are riding a six-game winning streak into Bemidji, which includes a home sweep Feb. 7-8 of Southwest Minnesota State (85-63) and Sioux Falls (79-52). During the run, MSU is outscoring its opponent 82.0-59.8. Karlee Gengenbacher has led the team in scoring the past four games and ranks second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg). Ali Wilkinson leads the Mavericks in scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg).
All-time Series vs. the Mavericks
The Beavers are 13-25 all-time and 1-4 in the last five meetings against MSU, which includes an NSIC Tournament first round loss in Mankato, Minn. last season, 94-77. Last time at home against the Mavericks (Jan. 20, 2012), BSU won 72-71 on a pair of free throws with two ticks left.
The Golden Bears
The Golden Bears (receiving votes nationally) have won eight-straight to own 19-6 overall and 14-4 NSIC records. Last weekend, Anika Whiting scored 31 and 19 points, respectfully, to guide CU to a 78-61 victory versus Sioux Falls and a 64-42 win against Southwest Minnesota State. Whiting leads the team with 17.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. CU leads the NSIC with an 1.36 assist/turnover ratio, guided by Rachel Hansen’s (2.2 ratio).
All-time Series vs. the Golden Bears
The Beavers are 11-25 all-time against the Golden Bears and have lost the last 10 meetings dating back to 2007. Last season BSU fell on the road 76-57.
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 x2…3?
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 seventh all-time on Bemidji State’s scoring list with 1,316 points.
Senior center Kate Warmack became the 17th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points when she converted on a bucket in the first half of a road contest at Southwest Minnesota State Jan. 31. Her 1,050 career points ranks 15th all-time.
Senior forward Jessie Althoff owns 923 career points. With five guaranteed games left, she needs to average 15.4 points per game.
Lee for Threeeee
Senior Morgan Lee has knocked down 205 3-pointers in her career to sit fourth on BSU’s all-time 3-pointers made list.
Senior Kate Warmack swatted away her 119th career block Feb. 1 to become Bemidji State’s all-time blocks leader (124 total blocks). She owns 43 blocks this season, which stands second on BSU’s single season blocks list, trailing Sonia Stehr’s 51 blocks (1995-96).
Bringin’ down the Boards
Senior Kate Warmack has recorded 12 games with 10 or more rebounds this season and 26 contests in her career. She owns 665 career boards to sit eighth on BSU’s career top 10 list. Her 221 rebounds this season is a career-high and is eight boards from reaching BSU’s top 10 single season rebounds list.
Head coach Mike Curfman coached his 400th game in his NCAA Division II head coaching career Jan. 18 in a home game against Northern State.
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).