BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team is set to open its 2014-15 exhibition season Nov. 2 as it travels to University of North Dakota. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.
- North Dakota leads the Beavers all-time with a 30-13 record dating back to 1968.
- Since ’83 in Grand Forks, UND is 20-2 against BSU with a 5-0 record in the last five meetings.
- In exhibition play, the Beavers are 0-3 since North Dakota transitioned to Division I.
- The last time the teams met was in an exhibition game Nov. 5, 2013 in which the Beavers fell 78-66.
- The Beavers are looking to snap their exhibition losing streak against UND as they have not won under current head coach Mike Curfman. Last season, BSU fell to North Dakota 78-66.
- Coming off an 9-18 overall and 5-17 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, the Beavers were picked to finish 15th in the 2014-15 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
- BSU welcomed four newcomers to the program this fall and returned 11 players from the 2013-14 squad. The Beavers have five juniors, six sophomores and four freshmen.
- Four the Beavers’ returners played in at least 26 games during the 2013-14 season
- Sophomore Hanna Zerr is the Beavers’ top returner, as she was fourth on last year’s squad, scoring 204 points to average 7.8 points a game. Zerr started and played in 26 games her freshman season. Was named to the All-NSIC Rookie Team.
- Zerr has connections that run deep with Bemidji State as her mother played basketball at BSU. Kim (Babula), played in the mid-80’s and was enshrined into the BSU Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1986-87 women’s basketball team.
- Tatum Sheley, a sophomore, is another standout returner for BSU that charted 146 points, 78 rebounds, 16 steals and five blocks last season for the Beavers in 27 games played.
- North Dakota is coming off a 22-10 overall record, 15-5 in the Big Sky Conference during the 2013-14 season. The defending Big Sky Champions were pegged to finish in the top spot in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll as well as the media poll.
- North Dakota returns 12 letterwinners from last season’s championship team.
- Junior Mia Loyd was the Big Sky Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player last season and was an All-Big Sky Second Teamer. She led the league in rebounding as a sophomore (9.0 rpg).
- Senior Emily Evers was the Big Sky Sixth Woman of the Year last season. She returns to the starting lineup this year.
- Junior Kelsey Knox was named the league’s newcomer of the year last season.
- Senior Megan Lauck is back from a season-ending knee injury that cost her all but the first seven games last season.
- North Dakota is 126-25 (.834) all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004-05 season.