Augustana hands BSU Pepsi Tipoff loss, 92-76
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team broke the seal on its 40th season of competition Friday with a matinee match-up versus Augustana College. The Vikings used a 16-4 run midway through the first half to power past the Beavers as they improved to 3-2 on the season with a 92-76 victory to open the 2006 Pepsi Tipoff at Taylor Center in Mankato, Minn.

Junior center Stephanie Peterson (Bismarck, N.D.) led a quartet of BSU players in double-figures netting 16 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Bridget Smith (So., G, Burnsville, Minn.) dropped in a career-high 13 points including a 3-of-6 performance from beyond the three-point arc while Nancy McConkey (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) and Colleen Boell (So., G, Burnsville, Minn.) scored 11 and 10 respectively.

Junior point guard Amy Lawson added nine points and posted game-highs of six assists and three steals in the game. With 4:56 left on the clock, Lawson found Smith open for a three to total 293 career-assists to surpass Laurie Peterson (1982-86) to move into fourth place on the BSU all-time assists list.

The balanced Augustana attack featured seven players scoring at least 12 points with Amy Puthoff leading all players with 16 points. Ashley Holiday equaled Peterson's game-high nine rebounds as the Vikings grabbed a slight edge on the glass, 44-40.

The Beavers were in control during the game's opening minutes netting the first four points and a Smith triple to build their lead to seven (27-20) with eight minutes to play in the half. But BSU would go the next 3:16 without a field goal opening the door for the Vikings to come charging back to take their first lead of the game, 34-32, with 4:55 left in the first.

During the closing minutes of the half, Augustana increased its lead to as many as nine and would take a 49-40 lead into the break.

The Vikings came out of the locker rooms in the second half to extend their lead to 17, 57-40, as the Beavers took nearly three minutes to find the bottom of the net.

Slowly but surly BSU worked its way back into the game, using a Boell lay-up with 10:55 to go slicing the Auggie advantage to nine points, 65-56. But that was as close as the team would come as the Vikings scored 19 of the next 26 points to take their largest lead of the afternoon, 84-63 before the three-minute mark.

AC held off a late BSU charge to claim a 16-point victory, 92-76.

The Vikings improved their grip on the all-time series to-7-1 increasing its current winning streak over BSU to seven games in the first meeting between the teams since Nov. 14, 1997.

The Beavers fall to 5-25 all-time in season-opening games.

Bemidji State now looks to even its record to 1-1 tomorrow in a 6 p.m. tilt versus the host Minnesota State University Mankato. The Beavers have prevailed over the Maverick in each of the last three meetings between the teams. Follow the Beavers live on the World Wide Web at http://livestats.prestosports.com/mnsumankato for live stats or listen to the Webcast www.msumavericks.com/broadcast.php.

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