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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU looks to build on win against Concordia

BEMIDJI — The BSU women’s basketball team enters its last road trip of the 2013-14 regular season on the heels of a win, and it is looking to build on that success as it heads to the conference tournament.

After falling short in eight straight contests, the Beavers finally broke through in a 52-49 win over Concordia-St. Paul last Saturday.

Head coach Mike Curfman is hoping his team can build on that win to become a team that can make a run in next week’s NSIC tournament.

“Every year, there is a team that gets hot,” Curfman said. “Hopefully our win last week over Concordia will be a catalyst heading into this weekend and into the postseason. Hopefully we can be that team that surprises people.”

BSU will turn its attention to Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State this weekend. It defeated St. Cloud State 99-82 and fell to UMD 70-63 in the previous meetings in early-December. The Beavers take on UMD Friday night in Duluth before traveling to St. Cloud for Saturday’s regular-season finale.

“We played them both in the first part of December, now it has been three months since we have seen them,” Curfman said. “Both teams are basically playing the same style as they were last time. We need to play good defense and hope it leads to good offense.”

For the Beavers to be that team that gets hot, it will need to find consistency from their freshman Hanna Zerr, Tatum Sheley, Allison Cordes, Katie Miller and Aimee Pelzer to compliment seniors Kate Warmack, Jessie Althoff and Morgan Lee.

“It would be huge if we can all click at the same time,” Cordes said. “We have each shown different sparks at times. Every now and then we see it in practice and it is really good.”

While Zerr has started all 24 games, the others have been rotated into the starting lineup, along with junior Melissa Youngblut, to try to find a starting five that clicks. Cordes started in Friday’s loss to Minnesota State and contributed ten points in 30 minutes off of the bench in Saturday’s win.

“We can be very balanced if everybody is clicking,” Curfman said. “Allison had a big game last weekend against Concordia-St.Paul by hitting some early shots that got everybody going. It is great to see a freshman step up like that.”