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Bemidji State women's basketball: McKay, Hebrink looking forward to final home games

As the 2010-11 basketball campaign winds down, the Bemidji State women's team is hoping to finish its less than ideal season on a positive note.

"I think we have done a good job at staying positive and continuing to work hard, even though we have not had a lot of wins," said senior center Colleen McKay. "I hope we really come ready to play and forget about our record. I am hoping we can have another game like we did against Augustana where we all came together and played really well."

Bemidji State (5-17 overall, 2-16 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) has lost its last 10 games. Its last win came on Jan. 8, when the Beavers upset No. 21-ranked Augustana.

"Colleen McKay and Anna Hebrink are both going to be missed greatly," said head coach Mike Curfman. "I know coaches say that all the time. We may only have two seniors, but they are two pretty neat young ladies."

This weekend's games against Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State will be the final home contests for McKay and Hebrink. The Beavers host the Mustangs at 6 p.m. Friday and the Mavericks at 4 p.m. Saturday. Friday's game will be BSU's "Pink Zone" night with T-shirts being tossed into the crowd throughout the game. The two seniors will be honored during Saturday's game.

The Beavers will conclude their season with a pair of road games next weekend.

"It is hard even to think that it is my last weekend," said McKay, who played high school ball at Barnum, Minn. "I will try to think of it as just another game, so I do not get too emotional. At the same time, I want to enjoy it and make sure I leave it all on the court because it is my last chance for a home win. It is strange that my career is coming to an end, but I want to make the most of it."

McKay is a center who has spent four years on the team. She is leading the Beavers in scoring at 9.4 points per game. She is also averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, which is second on the team to freshman forward Ellie Wessling.

"Colleen is a fantastic young lady and an outstanding student," said Curfman. "She has seen a lot in her four years here. When she came in, we were pretty good and now we have struggled a little bit. Her work ethic is second to none. I cannot ask for anything more than what she has given to us. She is also an outstanding player."

McKay will end up with about 900 career points and 500 career rebounds.

"She is going to be extremely successful in the nursing field," Curfman said. "The patients who get to have her in the future are in for a treat. She is such a personable, intelligent and mature young lady. We are going to miss her a lot. I cannot even think about not having her around because she has been such a joy to coach."

Hebrink, a guard, is averaging 8.1 points per game. She leads the team with 37 3-pointers, 37 steals and 52 assists. She is also the only player to start all 22 games. The Austin, Minn., product has spent two years with the team after transferring from Riverland Community College in Austin.

"She has come in and done exactly what we wanted her to do," said Curfman. "She has provided some scoring. I was a little surprised by how good her defense is. She has provided us with some good sparks. She always seems to get a hand on the ball. She is just a dynamite young lady as well."

Hebrink is looking forward to the final home series.

"It will be a lot of fun," she said. "I love playing here, but it has got to end sometime."