DENVER, Colo. – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team was defeated 74-51 by Regis University in the team's final game of the Coors Classic Saturday night in Denver, Colo. BSU sophomore Nancy McConkey (Superior, Wis.) equaled a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 from the field and 3-for-7 from the line as BSU dropped its fourth consecutive game.
The Beavers came out flat missing its first three shots and committing four turnovers in the first four minutes of play while Regis took full advantage rattling off 13 straight point to take a 13-0 lead. Freshman Danielle Srock (Faribault, Minn.) ended the Beaver's four-minute and 15-second scoring drought hauling in a missed BSU jumper and putting it back for two points (13-2). But BSU would never be able to climb back into the game, spotting the Rangers 13 points to begin the game was too big a deficit to overcome.
The Rangers went on to extend their lead to 15 points as the halftime horn sounded, holding BSU to its lowest first half point total since BSU managed just 16 points Feb. 26th of last season versus Minnesota Duluth and practically doubling the Beavers' score at the break, 32-17.
Although the Beavers held a 15-14 edge on the glass, they converted just 7-of-20 total attempts (35.0 percent) and were outshot at the free-throw line 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) to 10-of-12 (83.3 percent).
McConkey connected on her first two shots of the second half to bring BSU back to within 13 points (34-21), but RU's Lindsey Viall would spark a Ranger run hitting a trio of three-pointers while adding an assist as Regis extended its advantage to 22 points (53-31) with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.
BSU crept to within 18 points of the Rangers (64-46) with 3:16 to play but RU would slam the door on the Beavers scoring the next ten points including four free-throws.
BSU was 19-of-41 from the field (46.3 percent) failing to make a three-point field goal (0-7) for the first time since Dec. 4, 2002--two years ago to the day. BSU committed 25 turnovers and finished the game in a 27-27 deadlock on the boards.
McConkey's 17 points paced the Beavers while she also posted a team-high six rebounds. Senior Serena Nalls (St. Paul, Minn.) and freshman Karlee Simonson (Rockford, Minn.) each added nine points while Nalls tied a career-best three blocks to lead the Beavers in the paint.
The Rangers were led by Viall who tallied 18 points and three
assists in the game. Denise Lopez pulled down a game-high
11 rebounds for RU.
The loss drops the Beavers to 2-6 overall. Bemidji State will be in action again Friday (Dec. 10) when it travels to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on the University of North Dakota in a 6:00 p.m. tip-off at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.