BSU Loses 70-68 To MSU, Moorhead At Home
Saturday, January 4, 2003
Jan. 4, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - MSU, Moorhead (5-7, 2-1) used a 14-6 run at the start of the second half and a free throw a piece by Jackie Doerr and Dana Weibel in the final :22 seconds was the difference as Bemidji State (5-8, 1-3) lost, 70-68, tonight at the BSU Gymnasium.

“ It was a great team effort by the girls,” said BSU Head Coach Mike Powers. “We are starting to play like we want to and we feel like we can compete with anybody in the conference. This was one of our better defensive performances of the year.”

BSU fought back from a 23-13 deficit in the early going by forcing six turnovers and scoring 11 of the next 12 points to notch the score at 24-24 at 3:12 of the first. Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) scored seven and sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) added four points in that span. The hosts went into the locker room up 30-28 thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Katie Dale (Willmar, Minn.). The Beavers held the lead despite just shooting 35.5 percent from the field.

After the Dragons tied the score at 30-30 out of the half, the score was either tied or BSU led for all but :41 seconds for the entire second frame until the free throws by Doerr and Weibel for MSU, M to seal the fate of the Beavers. BSU led by as many as 10 and held a 64-56 advantage at 5:49 but then MSU Moorhead went on a 14-4 run to close out the conference contest. The score was tied at 68-68 at :28 seconds after a jumper by Swanson but Doerr was fouled on the in-bounds and the Dragon guard was sent to the foul line where she hit one of two. BSU got the ball back but turned the ball over with :06 seconds remaining. From there, Weibel hit one of her two foul shots for the two-point win.

The Dragons held a 34-29 rebounding edge but BSU had one more (10-nine) offensive rebound. MSU Moorhead shot 51.0 percent from the floor compared to the 44.1 percent on the part of the Beavers.

Swanson led all scorers with her 21 points, which tied a career-high. Sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) complimented Swanson as she tied a personal-best with 14 points on five of 10 shooting, including a career-best three three-point field goals. Graf snatched a season-high 10 boards to lead all players as she also added nine points. Senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) tallied the same point total as Graf in 18 minutes of play. Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) had five steals to lead a Beaver attack of nine steals for the game.

The Dragons were paced by the 20 points and six rebounds by Dana Weibel as she was eight of 11 from the floor. Lindsay Hartmann chipped in 19 points as she connected on five of seven three-pointers.

BSU travels to UM-Duluth next Saturday for conference action. The game is an early start with tip-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Notes: Amber Graf had her double-digit scoring streak stopped at 12 games as she narrowly missed it with nine in the contest...The 10 BSU turnovers was a season-low...Bemidji State was 4-0 prior to tonight’s game when leading at halftime this season - BSU was up 30-28 at intermission...This was the third game in 2002-03 that Bemidji State has shot better than 44.0 percent from the field...With MSU Moorhead going 51.0 percent from the floor tonight, this is the sixth straight game that a BSU opponent has been over 44.0 percent...This is the fifth contest in which Stacia Swanson has led the club in scoring this season.