GRAND FORKS, N.D. –-- On the back of a career-high 31 points by sophomore Maggie Gernbacher (Bloomington, Minn.) the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team defeated Colorado State-Pueblo 93-59 in the first game of the 2004 Betty Engelstad Thanksgiving Classing in Grand Forks, N.D. BSU’s 93-point performance was just the third time a BSU team led by head coach Mike Power has eclipsed the 90-point plateau and was its highest output since the team defeated Minnesota-Morris 101-43 in February of 2002.
BSU dominated the game fro start to finish trailing for just 36 seconds in the early moments of the first half.
Gernbacher collected her first points of the night on a lay-up just 12 seconds into the game putting BSU up 2-0. After sputtering and allowing the Thunderwolves to within one point (14-13) just over five minutes into the game, and to take the lead (25-23) momentarily with 7:12 to play in the half, Gernbacher would score eight of the teams last 14 points of the half putting the Beavers up 43-37 at the break.
While the Thunderwolves cooled off to 39.2 percent (7-25) from the floor and a meager 9.1 percent (1-11) from beyond the arc in the second half, BSU ripped the nets for 20-of-29 (.690) and 6-of-7 from three-point land (.857) in the half increasing its lead with every basket. Led by Gernbacher who hit 7-of-8 in the half and was a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc as BSU outscored SCUP 50-22 in the final 20 minutes of play.
In addition to the career night for Gernbacher, freshman Karlee Simonson (Rockford, Minn.) and Stephanie Peterson (Bismarck, N.D.) each set career marks scoring 12 and 10 points respectively. Fellow freshman point-guard Amy Lawson also nearly broke a BSU record for assists in a game dishing out a career-high 17.
With the win, Bemidji State evens its record to 2-2. The Beavers will continue play at the classic tomorrow with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off versus No. 3 Seattle Pacific University.