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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Individual strides did not equal wins

BEMIDJI — For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the BSU women's basketball team did not improve on its previous season’s win total as it finished the 2013-14 season with a 9-18 record.

“It is hard to take, especially because we had so many games come down to just a few possessions,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “Even though our record was not better, there were times where we showed improvement.”

Although the win total was not improved, Curfman and the Beavers saw the continuous improvement of their three seniors Morgan Lee, Kate Warmack, and Jessie Althoff.

“You want to see improvement year-to-year as a player gets older and I think they all had their best year this season,” Curfman said. “Besides improving statistically, they did a great job helping the freshman get prepared for their increased roles.”

Each member of the trio posted their best statistical season of their careers. Lee led the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game and shot 39.6 percent from long distance. Warmack followed right behind with 15.3 points per game and a team-best 9.9 rebounds per contest. Althoff’s 10.6 points per game was her career-best and her first double-figure scoring season since her freshman campaign, while her 5.1 rebounds were over a full rebound above her previous career high of 4.0.

Lee and Warmack were honored as second team All-NSIC last week, while freshman Hanna Zerr earned a spot on the all-freshman team.

“It is very rewarding,” Curfman said. “It goes back to show how hard they have worked. The thing about those votes is that you cannot vote for your own players, so it nice to see the rest of the league recognize them.”

Another positive aspect of the season for BSU was the impact it got from Zerr and the other freshman. Zerr was joined by Allison Cordes, Katie Miller, Aimee Pelzer, and Tatum Sheley as a group of five freshman who saw significant playing time and posted at least one game with at least ten points.

“I think it is very important that we have a core of freshman,” Curfman said. “If we can Sierra Senske and Allison McKee, who both missed the entire season, back along with the freshman and our recruits I think next year could be a much improved season and I am looking forward to it.”