Third-Place Dragons Take 81-69 Affair Over the Beavers
Friday, February 7, 2003
Feb. 7, 2003

Moorhead Minn. - Riding a five-game winning streak and holding a 45-27 advantage on the glass, MSU Moorhead (11-9, 8-3 NSIC) defeated visiting Bemidji State (7-14, 3-9 NSIC) 81-69 at the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse tonight.

The Dragons started out well with a 20-9 game-opening run in the first 10 minutes of action. With the hosts going into the bonus situation at the 6:02 mark, they pushed their lead to 12 with a 39-27 halftime edge. MSUM went seven-for-11 from the charity stripe in the first half with BSU hitting on five of seven. MSUM held a big advantage on the boards with a 26-9 edge.

In the league, the Dragons post a season-best +11.6 advantage per game,

Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis) came off the bench to lead all scorers at intermission with 10 points. However, the Beavers could muster only a 31 percent (10 of 32) shooting mark from the floor. Meanwhile, MSU Moorhead went 56 percent (14 of 25), including four of eight from three-point range.

A trifecta by senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.), sophomore forward Nikki Wright (Mandan, N.D.) and junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) helped fuel an 14-2 Beaver run to bring the deficit to one at 49-48 with 12:13 remaining in the second half. From there, the Dragons scored 14 of the next 17 points to take a 63-51 lead at 6:38. BSU hung around narrowing the margin to six with 1:13 to play but the hosts hit on seven free throw attempts to seal the conference win.

For the game, BSU shot 34 percent (23 of 67) from the floor with the Dragons going for 49 percent (24 of 49). MSU Moorhead was also aided by a 29-39 mark (.763) from the charity stripe.

Graf poured in a career-high 26 points, her fourth career 20+ output while Goodhart netted a season-high 20. It was the first time two Beavers have topped the 20+ scoring mark since Leah Laurich (21) and J. Cottingham (21) did it against UM-Morris, Feb. 10, 2001.

The Dragons received some good scoring performances from their post players in Liz Klukas (14) and Katie Doerr (20) as Klukas ripped down a game-high 13 rebounds with Doerr adding 11.

BSU stays in western Minnesota with a visit to Minnesota-Crookston tomorrow night. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. against the Golden Eagles.

Notes: Most recently, the Dragons have swiped 11 out 12 in the series, including six straight...Christi Goodhart hit for her eighth double-digit scoring effort of the season and her fourth in the last five games...Amber Graf has hit for 15 or more points in six of the last eight contests after hitting for 26 tonight...Janna Davis was the first BSU oppnent to foul out of a game this season...The Beavers have had fewer turnovers than their opponent in the last 10 games and have forced 20 or more in seven of the last eight.