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Bemidji State women's basketball completes weekend with win in Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Freshman center Emily Kaus recorded her first career double-double to pace the Bemidji State University women's basketball team to a 79-65 victory over Western New Mexico Saturday in the Grand Canyon Thanksgiving Tournament.

Kaus had 10 points and 14 rebounds in the game.

BSU won both games at the Grand Canyon Tournament and the Beavers are off to a 4-1 start this season. The Beavers surpassed last year's win total with the victory over Western New Mexico and the 4-1 start is the best since the 1986-87 season.

"We did a lot of good things today," said head coach Mike Curfman. "Our offense and defense was clicking all weekend. We had a good weekend against Division II and regional opponents."

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the Mustangs holding a 40-37 advantage at the break. Sophomore Sydney Epema tallied two of her 13 points with a lay-up with 16:21 remaining in the game to give BSU a 44-42 lead.

The Beavers wouldn't give that lead up for the rest of the game, increasing the lead to 10 with six minutes remaining. The Mustangs would only get as close as six for the remainder of the game.

Kaus' double-double was the second recorded by a Beaver player this season. She joins freshman Katie Pettit as the only Beavers to have a double-double this season. Pettit also had a good game, leading the team in points with 14 with five rebounds.

Sophomore Taylor Davis posted 11 points off the bench with five rebounds. BSU shot 41.3 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line.

The Beavers held the Mustangs to 38.2 shooting from the field in the game and 32.1 percent in the second half.

The Beavers begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at home next weekend. BSU plays Minnesota State University Moorhead on Friday and Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday at BSU Gymnasium. Both games are set for 6 p.m.