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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU eager to start third stage of season at Wayne State

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s basketball team did not have an ideal regular season, but it will try to turn the page as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament begins Wednesday with a road contest against Wayne State, the league’s top team.

“Playoffs are a different type of season,” senior Morgan Lee said. “Everybody is 0-0, so it is important to focus on what you can do that night to help your team.”

“Regardless of what you did in the regular season, this is a new chapter,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “It is an exciting time of the year where anything can happen.”

The Beavers (9-16, 5-16 NSIC) dropped the previous meeting between the two teams 87-41 in early January.

“Wayne is a unique team that plays a 2-3 defense and has a lot of length,” Lee said. “We have worked a lot on making fakes before entering the ball inside because that is where they have showed weakness earlier this season.”

Curfman is hoping that focusing on just one game will help the Beavers chances this time around.

“When you play there during the regular season, it is a long trip,” Curfman said. “We faced them on the back end of a back-to-back last time and this time it is just a single game.”

With the Wildcats boasting a 25-3 record (18-3 in conference play) it is possible they could look past the No. 8 team in the North Division.

“They are the No. 1 seed, so when they are looking at a No. 8 seed in the North, I think there is a chance they might be overlooking us,” Lee said. “I think that would probably be a mistake on their part.”

“It has happened to teams before, I do not know if they will overlook us,” Curfman added. “We just have to focus on ourselves and give our best effort.”

If BSU can pull off the upset, it will play the winner of St. Cloud State and Sioux Falls in quarterfinal action at 6 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“It is like the third stage of our season.” Curfman said. “We have preseason, regular season and postseason. Anything can happen, so we just want to go down there and play our best for 40 minutes.”