Northern State Wins 77-53 Decision Over Bemidji State
Thursday, January 6, 2005

BEMIDJI, MINN. -- Northern State used a 28-5 run in the final 8:42 of the first half to take a 46-26 lead at intermission and roll to a 77-53 win over Bemidji State in women’s basketball conference action at the BSU Gymnasium.

Freshman Nancy McConkey tied for game-high scoring honors with a career-high 15 points on seven-of-13 shooting.

The Beavers, which have gotten out-rebounded in 12 of 14 games, drops to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in NSIC play. Northern State, which is the league’s top rebounding program (44.8 rpg), moves to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

The score was 21-18 in favor of BSU after a three-pointer by junior Serena Nalls. From there, the Beavers missed on 12-of-14 shots and turned the ball over seven times during the final eight-plus minutes of the first half. On the contrary, the Wolves connected on eight-of-13 field goals, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line.

Down by 20 at the half, the Beavers could only narrow the deficit to 40-56 with 8:33 remaining.

For the game, Northern State went 54 percent (27-of-50) from the field, a BSU-opponent season-high. The Beavers were 21-of-59 (.356) and just six-of-24 (.250) from behind the arc. The Wolves out-scored the Beavers, 20-23 from the charity stripe but totaled 26 turnovers.

Senior guard Yontel Handford tallied a season-high eight points with two treys in 22 minutes. Nalls added nine points while junior Stacia Swanson grabbed a club-high four rebounds.

Michelle Hanson led the Wolves with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carin Rambow tallied 14 points while Carolin Becker came away with nine points and 10 boards. Rambow moved into 25th-place on the NSU career scoring list.

The Beavers stay at home for a 6:00 p.m. contest against Minnesota-Crookston Saturday, Jan. 10. The Golden Eagles captured their first conference win tonight with a 69-56 victory over MSU-Moorhead; UM-C stands 8-6 overall.

NOTE: The loss sends BSU to its 12th straight in the series against the Wolves, the last BSU win came Jan. 10, 1998...Forcing 26 turnovers, the Beaver opposition has turned the rock over 20-plus in nine of 14 games this season and three out of the last four...The 83 percent mark from the foul line was the sixth game and fourth in five contests that BSU has gone over 80 percent...The Beavers were out-scored 27-24 from the bench, just the third time that has happened this season...BSU dropped to 6-2 this year after it had fewer turnovers (18-26) in the game...Nancy McConkey has averaged 11.0 points in her last three affairs.