BSU Gets Taken Down, 71-46, To Southwest State
Friday, January 31, 2003
Jan. 31, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Fortunes seemed promising for Bemidji State (6-13, 2-8 NSIC) in the early going as it jumped out early, 6-2, over Southwest State (15-6, 7-3). However, from that point on, BSU was held without a point for nearly eight minutes as SSU went on a 21-0 run en route to the 71-46 win at the BSU Gymnasium tonight.

“ Our shots just were not falling,” said assistant coach Amanda Went. “It is hard to win games shooting 29 percent in the first half.”

After the cold spell, BSU managed just five field goals in the half as Southwest State held a 37-22 advantage at halftime. The Beavers made a modest push, scoring nine of the final 11 points, thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Katie Long (Mason City, Iowa).

BSU was just four of 21 (.190) from three-point range in the game.

After a bucket by senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pamona, Calif.) out of the locker room and bringing BSU to within 13, its closest of the half, Southwest State countered with a 21-8 run. That spurt sealed the deal and handed the Beavers their fourth straight loss on the season.

“The girls did not quit,” said Went. “I think, overall, we played good. We just did not get the calls that we wanted.”

BSU finished 33 percent (17 of 52) from the field while the Mustangs hit on 26 of 46 (.565) from the floor. SSU out-rebounded BSU 39-24 and dished out 20 assists.

Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) led the Beavers with 11 points while junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) chipped in 10 for her 18th double-digit point effort on the season.

The Mustangs received 14 points from Michelle Bruns, 13 from Mary Roddel and 10 from Ericka Nieman. Bruns was a perfect four-for-four from long-range.

Bemidji State puts a wrap to its four-game home stand with a contest tomorrow 5:30 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. Wayne State (NE) (12-7, 6-4) will be the guest as it dropped a 77-69 decision tonight at the hands of UM-Duluth (15-3, 8-2).

Notes: With the loss, the Beavers have dropped 11 straight to the Mustangs...The 46 points scored is a season-low for BSU - the lowest point total since it dropped in 45 to SSU, Jan. 25, 2003...This is the eighth straight game that Bemidji State has had fewer turnovers than its opponent as it had 18...BSU closes out the month of January with a 2-6 record and drop to 1-7 when the game is decided by 21+ points this season...BSU head coach Mike Power got ejected after two straight technicals at 8:37 of the second...Stacia Swanson (knee) and Nikki Wright (hip) sat out tonight’s game.