Two UMC Scoring Droughts Aids Beavers In Road Win
Saturday, February 8, 2003
Feb. 8, 2003

Crookston, Minn. - In holding UM-Crookston (8-13, 4-8 NSIC) to 28 percent (16 of 57) shooting, including a 13 percent clip (three of 24) from three-point range, Bemidji State (8-14, 4-9 NSIC) bounced back after last night’s loss with a 57-42 victory at the Lysaker Gymnasium (3,500).

UM-Crookston came into the contest shooting 38 percent from long range.

The Beaver defense forced the Golden Eagles into four turnovers and held them without a basket for 4:31 in building a small 5-0 edge. UM-Crookston took its first and only lead at 13-11 at 12:03 after a three-pointer by Stephanie Mayclin. The game would remain close as the guests went into halftime with the score in its favor, 25-22 thanks to three straight buckets by junior forward Amber Graf(Hammond, Wis.) before time expired.

Graf had eight points while sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) chipped in seven in the first half. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 14 times but kept themselves close by holding a +11 advantage on the boards. Katie Carlson led all rebounders as she ripped down 10.

Out of the break, as the Beavers went for 13 straight, including a three-point play by senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.), the Golden Eagles went without a basket for 8:35 that spanned the first and second half. Karna Plaine ended the drought with a pair of free throws as she initiated a 8-0 run to close to the gap to 38-30. From that point, BSU scored the next 15 points to take a 53-30 lead at 5:29. No serious threat was made on the part of the Golden Eagles as BSU’s lead never dwindled into single digits.

BSU was able to win despite shooting 38 percent (24 of 63) from the floor and getting out-rebounded 49-36. The Beavers were able to force UM-C into 29 turnovers.

Senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pamona, Calif.) tied a career-high 12 points to pace four Beavers in double figures. Graf had 12 as well while Bessler had 11 and Goodhart went for her fourth double-digit scoring effort in her last fifth game with 10 points. Junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) tied a personal-best with nine rebounds and her seven steals set a new career-high.

For the Golden Eagles, Carlson grabbed 20 rebounds as Amber Michaelis led the way with 10 points.
The final homestand of the season awaits the Beavers with Minnesota-Duluth to start it off. The Saturday contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

Notes: Bemidji State has taken the last two in the series after UM-Crookston won three of the last five...The 22 points allowed by BSU in the first half is the lowest total since Finlandia (MI) went for 17, Dec. 13, 2002...Entering the weekend, UM-C’s Karna Plaine was the NSIC’s second leading scorer (15.6) - she went for only seven tonight...The four wins in the conference is the most for BSU since the 1999-2000 season (7)...The 42 points scored by UM-C is the lowest for a BSU opponent since it beat the Golden Eagles, 79-49, Dec. 2, 1997...The field goal percentage is the lowest for a BSU opponent since MSU Mankato went 27 percent from the floor, Dec. 4, 2002...BSU moves to 6-1 on the season when holding an opponent under 45 percent shooting.