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Bemidji State notebook: BSU women's hockey team looks to build on successful series

Fresh off a weekend sweep of Minnesota State-Mankato, the Bemidji State women's hockey team returns home for a weekend series with WCHA rival St. Cloud State.

Game time is 7:07 p.m. Friday and 2:07 p.m. Saturday at John Glas Fieldhouse.

It was a big sweep for the Beavers, who continue to show progress in the fourth year of the Steve Sertich era.

Prior to the weekend sweep of the Mavericks, the BSU women had not earned four points on a weekend road trip since 2006.

In Friday's game, Annie Bauerfeld scored with .4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the shootout went to 13 rounds before BSU won on Erika Wheelhouse's goal.

In Saturday's game Erin Johnson had two goals, including an empty-netter, in the 3-1 victory.

Goalie Zuzana Tomickova played an excellent weekend between the pipes and was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

She stopped 50 of 53 shots in the sweep.

BSU enters the weekend 3-7-2 overall and 2-2-2-2 in WCHA play. St. Cloud State is 3-7-0 overall and 2-6-0 in WCHA play.

The Bemidji State volleyball team wraps up the 2009 season this weekend at BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers face Winona State Friday at 7 p.m. and Upper Iowa Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Beavers are 1-5 in the last six games, though four of those games have come against nationally ranked opponents.

Bemidji State enters the weekend 10-19 overall and 7-11 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

The Beavers have already been an improved squad this season, picking up three more wins than it did last season.

One win this weekend will give Bemidji State its best record since the 2004 season.

Volleyball setter Courtney Bitter and football wide receiver Jody Henningson were recipients of the Beaver Pride Athlete of the Week award for the week of Nov. 1-8.

Bitter posted 10.83 set assists, 3.25 digs, 1.83 kills and 0.42 blocks per set with a .155 attacking percentage in three matches last week.

Bitter had a triple double in a 3-1 loss to No. 14 Wayne State, marking the 21st time she has accomplished the feat this season.

She still stands as the only NSIC student-athlete to claim the feat.

Henningson grabbed a career-high two touchdown receptions and helped lead the Bemidji State football team to a 35-20 victory over Concordia University-St. Paul in the 2009 season finale.

He played in all 11 games for BSU this season and finished with five touchdowns and 240 receiving yards.

The Bemidji State women's basketball team announced today the signing of Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.), Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.

The trio is expected to play beginning next season and all are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

"With this recruiting class, we have added a talented guard, wing and post and I feel that the three of them will help us to continue to climb up the ladder in the NSIC," BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. "We can't wait for them to join the Bemidji State women's basketball team next year."

Lee is a two-time team MVP who has led the Hayward High School basketball team to a 39-5 record over the last two years.

Warmack shot 67 percent from the field during her junior season to help lead EGF to a 28-3 record and a section tournament title.

Wessling averaged 16 points per game last season for Winsted, which ended the season 29-4 and was state runner-up. Wessling had 19 points in the state title game.