BEMIDJI, Minn. – Two Division I exhibition games, the Radisson Hotel Roseville Classic and the 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule highlight the 2014-15 Bemidji State University women’s basketball schedule, which was announced by head coach Mike Curfman, Tuesday.
A pair of NCAA Division I opponents begin the season as the Beavers battle University of North Dakota Nov. 2 and North Dakota State University Nov. 7 in exhibition meetings. BSU fell to UND last year in an exhibition 78-66 and last played NDSU Nov. 4, 2006, losing by the score of 60-51.
The regular season begins on the road at the Radisson Hotel Roseville Classic, hosted by Concordia University, St. Paul. The games provide an opportunity for BSU to see two teams in the NCAA Central Region, as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association members Pittsburg State University (Kansas) and Fort Hays State University visit St. Paul, Minnesota. The Beavers battle Pittsburg State Nov. 14 before taking on Fort Hays State Nov. 15. Bemidji State has never played Pittsburg State, while it only has two all-time meetings with Fort Hays State. BSU last played the Tigers Nov. 26, 2005 and won 77-74.
The Beavers are set to have their home opener Nov. 21 versus Mayville State University. BSU defeated the Comets 84-80 at home last season and have won eight straight versus MSU.
The NSIC docket begins Nov. 29 at home versus University of Minnesota Crookston. BSU and UMC split the season series a year ago with each team protecting its home court.
Bemidji State remains at home Dec. 5-6 to battle St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers posted a 99-82 home victory against the Huskies last season to split the series, but fell in both meetings to the Bulldogs and have lost 12 straight to UMD.
BSU hits the road Dec. 12-13 for its first conference road test at Augustana College and Wayne State College. The Beavers lost three games to the two teams last season, which included a season-ending setback to then-No. 9 Wayne State in the first round of the NSIC Tournament.
The 2014 calendar year comes to a close at Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20.
The Beavers welcome Minot State University Jan. 2 and University of Mary Jan. 3 to BSU Gymnasium to begin the new year. BSU lost all four games against MISU and U-Mary last season, but none of them by more than 10 points, which included a two-overtime thriller at U-Mary where Bemidji State fell 89-83.
BSU closes nonconference play with a road contest at Valley City State University Jan. 6 before continuing NSIC play at Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State Jan. 9-10, respectfully.
Bemidji State hosts NSIC South foes Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 16 and Concordia-St. Paul Jan. 17. Last season BSU welcomed the two squads to Bemidji and fell to then-No. 21 MSU 73-54 before posting an upset victory versus CU 52-49 on an evening the team was celebrating the careers of its three seniors.
A four-game road trip sends the Beavers into February, as BSU starts the trip at Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead Jan 23-24, respectfully. Bemidji State suffered road losses to both squads last season, but found a win at home against MSU Moorhead before losing to NSU.
The roadie concludes at Winona State University Jan. 30 and Upper Iowa University Jan. 31. In the only meetings of 2013-14, BSU fell to WSU before downing Upper Iowa.
Bemidji State returns home Feb. 6-7 to battle Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls. The Beavers fell to both teams on the road last season in the middle of an eight-game losing skid.
The final regular season road trip is set for Feb. 13-14 at U-Mary and Minot State before the regular season ends at home against MSU Moorhead and Northern State, Feb. 20-21, respectfully.
All 16 teams will again make the NSIC Tournament and will be seeded based on their finish within their respective divisions. The first round of the tournament will be held on campus sites, while the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be held Feb. 28-March 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at Sanford Pentagon.
The Beavers finished the 2013-14 season with a 9-18 overall record and a 5-17 mark in NSIC play. BSU posted a 7-6 home record for its first record above .500 at BSU Gymnasium since it went 7-4 in 2007-08. Bemidji State graduated three seniors, but has three freshmen and a junior college transfer joining 12 returners for 2014-15.
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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).