BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division and 15th overall, announced today by league officials.
Concordia University, St. Paul was selected as the favorite in the 2014-15 NSIC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll. In the North Division, Northern State University (49) was the favorite followed by Minot State University (34) and St. Cloud State University (30), respectively. Wayne State College was the South Division pick with 47 points, while Concordia-St. Paul followed with 45.
Coaches also voted on preseason player of the year for both the North and South Divisions. In the North it was Northern State’s Rachel Krogman and in the South Concordia-St. Paul’s Anika Whiting named NSIC Preseason Players of the Year.
NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.
Sophomore guard, Hanna Zerr (Shakopee, Minn.) was chosen as the Beavers’ player to watch this season. Zerr is coming off her freshman year during which she played and started in 26 games before missing the season finale due to injury. In her first collegiate season, she finished with averages of 7.8 points (fourth on the team), 4.3 rebounds (third on the squad) and a team-best 2.8 assists per game. She knocked down 48-of-61 free throws for a 78.7 percentage and added 34 steals to finish second among her teammates.
Zerr recorded 10 games with 10 or more points and established a season-high 18 points on 7-of-16 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range at Minnesota State University Moorhead (Dec. 13). She also totaled six assists, three rebounds, a steal and a block versus the Dragons. On 10 occasions she pulled down five or more rebounds, grabbing a season-best nine versus St. Cloud State University (Dec. 6). She added 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and tied a season-high seven field goals made (7-for-14) versus Mayville State University. Zerr also scored 15 points against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (Nov. 15), which included a perfect 11-for-11 mark from the charity stripe, a team-high for free throws made, which also matched the second-best effort from the line in the NSIC in 2013-14.
During the 2013-14 season, the Beavers compiled a 9-18 overall record and a 5-17 record in the ever-grueling NSIC to finish eighth in the North Division and 14th overall. BSU has nine contributors from last season returning to the court again for the 2014-15 season, including six sophomores and three juniors.
Head coach Mike Curfman enters in his 10th season as the bench boss of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team. Curfman has directed Bemidji State to a 91-154 overall record (.371) in his nine seasons, while posting a 54-124 (.303) mark in the NSIC.
Bemidji State gets its 2014-15 campaign started Nov. 2 with an exhibition game at University of North Dakota. The regular season will kick off against Fort Hays State University (Kan.) and Pittsburg State University (Kan.) Nov. 14-15, respectively. BSU’s first home game is set for Nov. 18 against Northland College.
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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).