Bemidji State Shoots 29 Percent In 82-61 Loss to C-SP
Friday, February 28, 2003
Feb. 28, 2003

St. Paul, Minn. - Bemidji State (9-17, 5-12 NSIC) could not overcome a scoring drought of 10:56 in the first half as Concordia-St. Paul (21-5, 14-3 NSIC) scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 82-61 win.

BSU was hurt by the fact that it connected on only eight field goals in the first frame and finished the game at 29 percent (18 of 62). During the scoring drought, the Beavers missed 15 straight attempts and turned the ball over five times.

Fortunes seemed good for the visitors as they went up 10-3 at the 16:33 mark after successive three-pointers by senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) and sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.). However, that is when BSU fell on hard times. After its scoring burst, C-SP stormed into halftime with a 41-25 edge. In the first 20 minutes of action, 20 players saw the hardwood as junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) led all scorers with 12 points.

Bemidji State scored six of the first eight points to begin the second frame to cut the Golden Bear lead to 10 at 43-33. Senior guard Kristy Caviness (Pamona, Calif.) made three consecutive lay-ups for BSU in that stretch. However, that was the most noise the Beavers would be able to make in the league contest as the hosts responded with a 35-17 run to take control for good.

For the game, both teams combined to attempt 66 free throws as BSU hit on 20 of 26 (.769) and C-SP went 28 of 40 (.700). Also, both squads shot poorly from behind the arc with the Beavers going five-for-22 (.227) and the Golden Bears hitting on four of 18 (.222). Turnovers were nearly even (21-19) with C-SP having more and the hosts held a 56-38 advantage on the glass. C-SP finished at 39 percent (25 of 65) from the floor.

For the Beavers, Graf finished with a game-high 21 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the charity stripe. Caviness went a perfect four-for-four from the field and tallied 10 points in the losing effort.

For Concordia-St. Paul, Kayla Christensen netted 19 points while Lisa Harfield had 15 points and nine rebounds and Jill Kavlik grabbed 10 rebounds and eight points.

BSU travels to Winona State (10-16, 5-12 NSIC) tomorrow to decide the eighth and final playoff spot in the league. The Warriors lost 77-76 tonight against UM-Duluth as BSU and WSU is tied with a 5-12 league mark. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the McCown Gymnasium. Also, the regular season title will be crowned tomorrow in St. Paul, Minn., as the Bulldogs face Concordia-St. Paul tomorrow. Both clubs boast a 14-3 conference mark. MSU Moorhead, which was in a three-way tied for first going into the weekend, lost by three to Southwest State.

Notes: The Golden Bears now lead the overall series 11-8...The Beavers are inching closer to the school steals mark as the 1985-86 club had 356 thefts - they stand at 340 after having nine tonight...BSU has attempted at least 20 three’s in 11 games this season after launching 22 tonight...Bemidji State has gone nine straight games in forcing more than 20 turnovers and the 15th consecutive by having fewer...The 56 rebounds for Concordia-St. Paul ties a season-high for a BSU opponent...The Beaver reserves got out-scored 47-25 in the contest...The BSU field goal percentage is the lowest since it shot at a 28 percent clip against Michigan Tech (12/14/02)...The 66 combined free throw attempts is a season-high...Amber Graf recorded her fifth 20+ scoring effort of the season with 21 tonight and has been in double-figures in 24 of 26 games.