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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Challenging weekend for Bemidji State

BEMIDJI — Seniors Kate Warmack, Morgan Lee and Jessie Althoff have experienced their fair share of ups and downs over their careers at BSU, but the seniors are hoping to make their last weekend playing at home a memorable one.

“It would be great to go out with a good weekend,” Althoff said. “We need to change it up and snap this losing streak. Hopefully we can turn things around and avoid going to Wayne State in the first round.”

Wayne State is the No. 8 team in the country and the top team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Beavers (8-14, 4-14) would prefer not playing the Wildcats in the opening round, but it will take work to end their seven-game losing streak and avoid the No. 8 seed.

BSU will entertain two of the top teams in the NSIC.

They host No. 21 Minnesota State Mankato tonight at 6 p.m. before hosting Concordia-St. Paul at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Minnesota State is ranked, Concordia is receiving votes to be ranked,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “We just have to play good basketball. We have done it in spurts, but we have not been able to get over that hump.”

MSU (17-5, 14-4 NSIC) enters the weekend riding a six-game winning streak and has won eight of its last nine contests.

Saturday does not get any easier, as Concordia (19-6, 14-4 NSIC) has won eight in a row, including a 19-point victory over the best team in the conference, Wayne State. The Golden Bears have beaten Wayne twice and are the only team to defeat the Wildcats.

The Beavers are guaranteed five more games this season and Althoff is 77 points shy of joining fellow seniors Warmack and Lee in the 1,000 point club.

“It would be nice,” Althoff said of the possibility of reaching 1,000 points. “I am not expecting to get there, but if it did happen, I would be excited.”

The trio of seniors are each averaging over 11 points per contest this season and have combined to score 3,289 points over their careers.

“They are a really special group,” Curfman said. “They all have the ability to score the basketball, in different ways too. Morgan with her outside shooting, Kate with her inside scoring, and Jessie in the mid-range. It is going to be sad to see them go, they have been key contributors, plus they are really neat young ladies.”