McConkey Nets 15 Points in 70-59 Loss to Wayne State
Sunday, January 23, 2005

WAYNE, Neb. – Despite rediscovering its offense Sunday at the Rice Center in Wayne, Neb., the Bemidji State University women's basketball team was defeated 70-59 by Wayne State College.

A big reason the team registered its largest offensive output since scoring 59 points Jan. 7th versus Concordia-St. Paul was the play of sophomore forward Nancy McConkey (Superior, Wis.). Hitting five of her seven field goal attempts and shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from the line, McConkey netted 15 points to lead the Beavers.

BSU toyed with the lead during the first seven minutes of play but Wayne State's Amanda Covington converted a three-point play with 13:04 to go in the first half to spur a 12-2 run for the Wildcats and give them a 16-8 lead.

The Beavers would battle back midway through the second half coming as close as three points (36-33) and again with just over three minutes to go (56-53) but the Wildcats would drain 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch and get two key threes from Nicole Gruntorad to ice the win.

In addition to BSU's 15-point night from McConkey, senior Allison Sanderberg (Duluth, Minn.) and sophomore Maggie Gernbacher (Bloomington, Minn.) scored 13 and 12 points respectively to top the scoring list for BSU. Freshman Stephanie Peterson (Bismarck, N.D.) pulled down seven rebounds as BSU lost the battle for the boards, 31-28.

Wayne State was led by Gruntorad who totaled a game-high 21 points. Humphries added 15 and Erin McCormick scored 11 points. Allison Steffen hauled in a game-high nine boards as the Wildcats' top rebounder.

Tonight's game originally scheduled for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. but was moved to Sunday at 6:00 p.m. as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference postponed all of its games this weekend due to inclimate weather.

BSU falls to 3-15 on the season and 0-6 in NSIC play marking the first time since the 1981-82 season, a year in which the team was 0-14 in league play, that Bemidji State has posted six consecutive losses to begin a conference season. The team will be back in action Saturday when it travels to Crookston, Minn. to battle the University of Minnesota-Crookston in a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.