Beavers Hang Tough Against Golden Bears In 75-68 Loss
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Jan. 25, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Bemidji State (6-12, 2-7) cut the Concordia-St. Paul (14-4, 7-2) lead to three points with 2:02 remaining but the Golden Bears hit on all three of their free throw attempts and a lay-up to take the NSIC contest by a 75-68 score at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers led out of the gates after consecutive baskets by senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) and sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) put BSU up 4-0. But then C-SP came back to take a brief 12-8 lead. BSU would see its second and final lead of the game at 14-12 after one of junior forward Amber Graf’s (Hammond, Wis.) two three-pointers at 12:24 remaining. That is when the Golden Bears responded with a 12-2 run to take the momentum going in to the locker room. They led by six at 41-35 at that point.

Graf led the Beavers with 10 points as BSU shot 42 percent from the floor. On the flip side, C-SP shot 15 of 30 (.500) from the field with Ashley Smith scoring 11 points.

BSU tied the score twice early in the second half as Concordia-St. Paul could not get its lead past more than six points until the final buzzer. After senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) hit a tri-fecta to bring the Beavers within three at 2:02, Bemidji State could only muster three free throws and three treys.

The Beavers finished 26 of 63 (.413) from the field, including an eight-for-20 mark from three-point land. Concordia-St. Paul went 47 percent (23 of 49) from the floor and connected on four of 14 from long-range. The Golden Bears held a 36 to 28 rebound advantage.

Graf led the way with a game-high 17 points on five of 11 shooting. Swanson hit for 14 points and 11 rebounds while Goodhart added 10 points.

Sisters Kayla and Carly Christensen paced four Golden Bears in double figures with 14 points apiece. The eighth-best team in the league in free throw percentage (.689) hit 25 of 29 from the foul line, including 19 straight at one point.

Bemidji State will continue its home-stand with a league game against Southwest State next Friday. The contest begins at 5:30 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

Notes: The Golden Bears have taken the last five meetings with the Beavers...BSU has now had fewer turnovers than its opponent in the last seven contest...The 28 rebounds by Bemidji State tonight is the third straight game it has totaled that...This is the eight game on the season that Amber Graf has topped the club in scoring...Stacia Swanson left the game with about six minutes remaining with what appeared to be a knee injury - no word yet on her official status.