SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Despite a spectacular homecoming for senior forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa), the Beavers fell to NAIA No. 2 Morningside College Thursday evening in Sioux City, Iowa. Swanson pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds while tying sophomore guard Maggie Gernbacher for the team lead with 13 points but it would not be enough as Morningside captured its 15th victory of the season 75-55.
BSU's Swanson gave the Beavers an early 2-0 lead just seconds into the game, but on the back of Megan Cloud who scored eight points in the first seven minutes of the game, Morningside went on a 19-7 scoring run in the first 6:21 of the game.
The Beavers showed signs of life scoring 18 of the next 24 points to knot the score at 25 with just over three minutes to play in the half, but MC could clamp down its defense and end the stanza on a 10-2 run to head into the locker rooms with a 39-27 lead at the break.
The teams ended the half with identical shooting performances as each squad nailed 12 of its 34 shots (35.3 percent). The difference came as Morningside hit 7-of-10 form the line while BSU only got two free-throw opportunities and converted just one. BSU did control the boards in the half grabbing 27 boards to MC's 21.
Freshman guard Amy Lawson (Spencer, Iowa) would hit BSU's first shot of the second half to climb to within 10 points, but that is as close as the Beavers would get as MC continued to pour it on in the second half collecting the next seven points to go up 46-29 just 2:41 into the second stanza and would go up by as many as 22 (60-38) before coasting to a 75-55 win to improve to 15-1.
Megan Cloud led Morningside and all scorers with 29 points as MC shot 34.8 percent (24-69).
BSU controlled the glass taking a 51-44 rebounding advantage over MC.
The loss drops BSU to 3-8 on the year. The Beavers will be back in action as they ring in the new year Jan. 3 at St. Cloud State University. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.