BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team (9-15, 5-15 NSIC) concludes the regular season Feb. 21-22 on the road at University of Minnesota Duluth (12-12, 9-11 NSIC) and St. Cloud State University (14-10, 10-10 NSIC) in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games. BSU and UMD are set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s contest versus SCSU is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
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The Beavers snapped an eight-game losing streak Feb. 15 with a 52-49 victory to wrap the home season, as it defeated Concordia-St. Paul (who were receiving votes nationally). BSU fell the night before to No. 21 Minnesota State 73-54. The Beavers finished their home slate 7-6 to mark the first above .500 home record since 2007-08 (7-4). Entering the final weekend of the regular season, senior Kate Warmack is third in the NSIC in blocks (2.0 bpg), fourth in rebounding (9.9 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (52.5%) and 14th in scoring (15.5 ppg). Senior Morgan Lee ranks sixth in scoring in the NSIC with 16.9 points per game, 10th in 3-point percentage (40.0%) and sits 12th in steals (1.8 spg). Freshman guard Hanna Zerr is 14th in assist/turnover ratio (0.97 ratio).
• 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 11 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 9.9 rebounds per game is 37th in the nation, while her 2.0 blocks per game (48 total) is 35th nationally and her 52.5 percent shooting from the field is 38th.
• Warmack surpassed 1,000 career points (now with 1,065 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 682 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 40.0 shooting percentage from long range is sixth in the NSIC and 40th nationally, while her 2.42 3-pointers per game is third in the conference and sits 53rd 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.
• Warmack recorded 33 points at Minnesota Crookston (Nov. 30) and Lee matched the 33 points versus St. Cloud State (Dec. 6).
• 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 Bulldogs are 12-12 overall and 9-11 in NSIC play. UMD ended a three-game losing streak Feb. 14-15 with a 97-81 win at Upper Iowa, then followed it up with a 67-52 victory at Winona State. Katrina Newman has led the team in scoring in five of the last six games, scoring 20 or more points in each contest, and leads the squad with 15 points per game. Hannah Rutten owns 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
All-time Series vs. the Bulldogs
Bemidji State has lost 11 straight games to UMD, which includes a 70-63 home loss this season and a 65-50 road setback last season. BSU is 29-62 all-time against the Bulldogs.
The Huskies are 14-10 overall and 10-10 in league play. SCSU is 10-2 at home in all games, 7-2 in league contests. The Huskies are 1-3 in the last four games, as they ended a three-game skid at Upper Iowa Feb. 15. St. Cloud State’s 75.0 points per game in NSIC contests ranks third in the league. Jessica Benson owns 15.9 points and a team-best 10.4 rebounds per game.
All-time Series vs. the Huskies
The Beavers downed SCSU earlier this season with a 99-82 home victory to end a four-game skid against the Huskies. BSU lost 81-53 last season at SCSU and are 15-33 all-time against St. Cloud State.
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 1,334 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 1,065 career points ranks 15th all-time.
Senior forward Jessie Althoff owns 939 career points, 61 points shy of 1,000.
Lee for Threeeee
Senior Morgan Lee has knocked down 207 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 (129 total blocks). She owns 48 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 13 games with 10 or more rebounds this season and 27 contests in her career. She owns 682 career boards to sit eighth on BSU’s career top 10 list. Her 238 rebounds this season is a career-high and is eighth on 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).