BSU Goes Cold From the Field In the Second Half
Saturday, February 15, 2003
Feb. 15, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Minnesota-Duluth’s (18-4, 11-3 NSIC) Lindsey Dietz netted a career-high 39 points and tied a school record 16 field goals as she led a late Bulldog rally to overcome Bemidji State (8-15, 4-10 NSIC), 73-69 tonight at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers held leads of 10 points on two occasions and maintained an advantage for much of the game, however after a free throw by senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) put the hosts up 52-47, the Bulldogs rode the 13 points by Dietz in a 26-17 game-ending run.

“We played hard and the girls gave a good effort,” said head coach Mike Power. “We battled a good team, so we cannot hang our heads. We have to find a way to get over that hump as we have been there quite a few times this season. But, we have four games left to figure it out.”

Neither team could take control early as the largest lead was three points until senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) scored all nine points during a 9-0 run and put the Beavers up 38-28 with 3:08 remaining in the first half.

Jones almost single-handedly beat the Bulldogs herself in the first half as she had a career-high 26 points by intermission. BSU led 42-34 at the half as she was nine of 11 from the field (.818). Minnesota-Duluth was hurt by the fact it had 12 turnovers as it shot 54 percent from the floor compared to the 46 percent by BSU.

Out of the locker room, the Bulldogs answered with a 20-11 run to take its first lead since the 10:16 mark of the first half. They led 54-53 with 11:17 left. From that point, BSU fought back as it held a four-point advantage at 66-62 with 3:25 to go. But, Dietz was too much in the post as she hit on her first 12 shots of the game and tied the count at 66-66 with 1:17 left. The Beavers turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Tasha Martin converted that into a three-point conversion. Dietz hit two free throws and Tanysha Scott and Katie Pavlich each hit one foul shot and send the Bulldogs to the road victory.

The Beavers finished at 41 percent (26 of 63) with the second-best shooting team in the league going for 56 percent (29 of 52) including 58 percent in the second half. Also, UM-D held a +10 advantage on the boards (36-26) but shot only 14 percent (2 of 14) from three-point range. There were a combined 47 turnovers with the visitors totaling 26.

Balanced scoring prevailed for the Beavers as Jones finished with 27 points, however she attempted just three shots and had one point in the second frame. Goodhart notched her fourth-straight double-digit effort with 18 points and senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pamona, Calif.) tied a career-high 12 points. The hosts received just three points from their bench as junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) tallied those points snapping her nine-game streak of 10 or more points. Junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) had a well-rounded game with five points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.

The Bulldogs had no one else in the double-digit region other than Dietz as she also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

BSU closes out it’s home portion of the 2002-03 campaign with a twin-bill against Northern State and Minnesota-Morris next weekend. Games begin at 5:30 with NSU being the opponent on Friday.

Notes: UM-Duluth has won 23 straight in the overall series...This four-point loss snaps a 10-game streak of double-digit losses...The Beavers last win against UM-D was Feb. 11, 1992...Amber Graf’s three points is her third lowest career output - she had 0 in her Beaver debut against South Dakota State (11/17/01) and two against Wayne State (1/26/02)...In losing the battle of the boards, BSU has now been out-rebounded in the last seven contests...This is the 12th straight game in which BSU has forced its opponents into more turnovers and the 17th game this season the opponent has gone for 20 or more...UM-D Lindsey Dietz did not miss until her 13th attempt clanked off the rim at the 8:29 mark of the second...The conference’s leading scorer in UMD’s Kim Toewe (18.4) did not dress for tonight’s game due to a sprained ankle suffered last weekend.