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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU seeks consistency as it returns home

Augustana's Alex Kneeland (23) blocks a shot against Bemidji State's Hanna Zerr during their game Friday. Emily Spartz | Sioux Falls Argus Leader

BEMIDJI -- After a pair of losses to teams drawing national attention, BSU will try to bounce back this weekend as it hosts MSU Moorhead and Northern State.

The Beavers ran with Augustana for the first half, but could not keep up with the Vikings in the second half and lost 99-82.

"I thought it was a pretty good effort against Augustana," BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. "Offensively, we did some things very well. Defensively, we played well, but made too many mistakes and they made us pay."

Saturday was a night the team would like to forget, as they trailed No.11 Wayne State by over 50 points at one point in the second half, eventually losing 87-41.

"They have lost once there in a number of years," Curfman said of Wayne State's home prowess. "They played well and we did not and the score got away from us."

"We just did not make the stops that we needed to," freshman Hanna Zerr added. "We started playing our own game and it really hurt us. We got lazy on defense, so this week we have worked a lot on taking responsibility for yourself on the defensive end."

The Beavers will look to bounce back Friday and Saturday against teams they fell short against on the road in December.

"It will probably the same style of games," Zerr said of the upcoming games. "Hopefully with taking things a step back and taking responsibility will help us make the stops we need to."

Both Curfman and Zarr are looking forward to returning home after the tough weekend.

"It is always great to be at home," Curfman said. "You get to sleep in your own bed and develop a routine. We have to take advantage of it and play two great basketball games."

"It is always harder on the road not having as many fans," Zerr added. " It is still up to us to create our own energy though. We need to start it and the crowd will join us."

Friday's contest with MSU Moorhead will tip off at 6 p.m. and Saturday's action against Northern State will begin at 4 p.m.

"Both of these teams have done really well," Curfman said of this weekend's opponents. "They are both coming off of big wins last weekend and we are excited to be at home and see if we can play consistently. When we play consistently, we are a pretty good basketball team."