Beavers Lose Fourth Conference Game of Season
Saturday, January 11, 2003
Jan. 11, 2003

Duluth, Minn. - At Romano Gymnasium, behind 59 percent (16 of 27) shooting in the first half, Minnesota-Duluth (11-2, 4-1) went up 45-21 at the intermission and downed Bemidji State (5-9, 1-4) in conference action this afternoon, 88-64.

The Beavers could never get the margin within 20 points in the second half as the Bulldogs shot 65 percent (17 of 26) from the floor and ended the game at 62 percent (33 of 53). A positive for BSU was keeping pace with UM-Duluth in the second frame as both teams scored 43 points. Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) scored 10 of her career high 16 points in the second half and junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.), who went for 15 points, scored 13 after intermission.

Out of the gates, Minnesota-Duluth scored 16 of the game’s first 20 points to go up 16-4 at 13:35. BSU would close to within 10 points at 20-10 but the Bulldogs closed out the half with a 25-13 run.

BSU shot 42 percent (22 of 53) from the field and just two-for-10 from three-point range. The Beavers forced 28 Bulldog turnovers.

Sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) tallied her second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while senior guard Christi Goodhart(Manteca, Calif.) got her fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season as she added 11 points. Senior guard Katie Dale (Willmar, Minn.) went for a team-high four assists.

UM-Duluth held a 35-22 rebounding edge against BSU and had 16 more assists (28-12) than the visitors.

For the Bulldogs, Lindsey Dietz tied a career-high with 23 points and matched a school record for field goal percentage in one game as she went nine-for-nine. Kim Toewe chipped in 21 points and corralled a team-high eight rebounds.

Bemidji State stays on the road for a conference twin-bill at Minnesota-Morris and Northern State next weekend. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m. with UM-Morris being the opponent on Friday evening and the Wolves playing BSU on Saturday.

Notes: The 62 percent shooting on behalf of the Bulldogs is the most the Beavers have given up this season by an opponent...The Beavers forced more turnovers this contest for the third straight game - BSU holds a 45-69 advantage in that streak...The other double-double of Stacia Swanson’s career came vs. St. Cloud State in the season-opener, Nov. 23, 2002 when she got 17 points and 15 rebounds...Bemidji State falls to 1-8 when trailing at the half this season...In the overall series with UM-Duluth, the Beavers have lost 22 straight...Yontel Handford had a career-high three steals and Amber Graf tied a personal-best with three.