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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers hoping to start their own winning streak

BEMIDJI -- For the first time in nearly a month, the BSU women's basketball team will not face a team that is ranked or receiving votes.

The Beavers conclude a four-game road trip Friday and Saturday against Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls.

BSU (8-10, 4-10 NSIC) has lost its last three games, including a double overtime loss at University of Mary Friday.

"It is really tough, especially when you are on the road," BSU head coach Mike Curfman said of bouncing back from the double overtime loss. "We got off to a good start against Minot. We played two of the top three teams in the division and other than getting the wins --which is what we obviously want -- I thought we played well."

"It was a tough loss on Friday night," senior center Kate Warmack said. "We played hard for 50 minutes, so it was hard to get back the momentum, but I thought we did a good job on Saturday. We just fell apart for a little while in the middle and that is what cost us."

Friday's opponent, Southwest Minnesota State, is 1-13 in conference play and just 3-15 overall, but Curfman and the Beavers know that there is no easy opponent in the NSIC, especially on the road.

"Southwest does not have a real good record, but the league is so balanced," Curfman said. "There is not a huge gap between the teams with a good record and those with a bad record. We are going to have to play 40 good minutes if we want to win."

The weekend finale will include BSU's first trip to Sioux Falls since it was added to the NSIC.

"We have not ever played there," Curfman said of Saturday's opponent. "They lost a bunch of games and now have won four of their last five. It is kind of the way the conference goes. Hopefully we can start our own winning streak this weekend."

Warmack echoed her coach by saying she would like to string together some wins in her final eight regular season games.

"It would be huge to start a winning streak," Warmack added. "This weekend has the potential for a couple wins and we have been working hard to prepare ourselves for the games."

Warmack also enters the weekend just two points shy of becoming the 17th player in school history to reach career points.

"She has been having a great senior year," Curfman said of Warmack. "She is working hard and I am happy for her."

"It is exciting," Warmack said of the potential of reaching 1,000 career points. "It feels good to know that my time is paying off."

Her career accomplishments do not end there, as she ranks tenth in rebounding with 625 career rebounds, and her 113 blocks are six shy of the the school record. If she reaches 1,000 points, she would become the first player in school history to total at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, and 100 blocks.

"It means a lot to know that I am not just an offensive player, but that I also have a role on defense," Warmack said. "Hopefully I can capitalize on both exciting milestones."

BSU will begin against SMSU at 6 p.m. Friday and Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. Saturday.