Beavers finish Pepsi Tipoff 0-2
Saturday, November 18, 2006
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team completed play at the 2006 Pepsi Tipoff Saturday dropping a tough non-conference affair to Minnesota State University, 76-67, in front of more than 1,500 at the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minn.

In a game where the final score was not representative of how tight the game actually was, the Beavers and the Mavericks exchanged the lead 13 times and saw the score tied on nine occasions, but a cold shooting streak by BSU during the final 10 minutes of play would allow MSU to string together a run of 20-2 to erase a six-point BSU lead and put the game out of reach.

Junior center Stephanie Peterson (Bismarck, N.D.) led the Beavers netting 20 points on 10-of-14 from the floor while grabbing eight rebounds. Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) added 11 points and game-highs of six assists and three steals in 34 minutes of play while senior forward Nancy McConkey (Superior, Wis.) scored 10.

The Mavericks were paced by a career-best 23-point effort from sophomore Felicia Foster who was 7-of-11 from the field, 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc and 6-of-8 from the line en route to the Tipoff MVP award.

Alanna Wahl added 11 points and Liz Trauger helped grab MSU a 53-33 edge on the boards with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Right from the opening tip, the teams went up and down the court trumping each other's runs, but a Foster three-pointer would put MSU up by five (17-12)--the largest lead for either team to that point--midway through the first half.

BSU countered with an 8-1 run, sparked by a Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) three, to reclaim the lead (20-18). But an Anna Voltmer jumper at the 7:20 mark would knot the game at 20-20 and swing the momentum back in favor of the hosts who would out score BSU 13-4 during the next 5:02 to build its lead to seven (31-24).

Down 31-24 with 2:18 before the halftime horn, BSU collected itself and rattled off nine of the next 11 points to tie the game (33-33) with 45 ticks on the clock. But Wahl would send the Beavers to the locker room trailing the Mavericks 35-33 when she hit a jumper before the half ended.

Bemidji State came out of the break as the aggressor netting the first four points of the half and would use ten points from Peterson during the first five minutes to extend its lead to six, 49-43.

Although the Mavericks would threaten chipping away at the BSU advantage until it finally tied the game at 52-52 on a free-throw by Joanne Noreen with 12:24 to play, BSU would not relinquish the lead. In fact, BSU would net eight of the next 10 points, including six more from Peterson, to stretch its lead back to six points (60-54) after 30 minutes of play.

But BSU would record just three field goals during the final 10 minutes as the team collectivity ran out of gas.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks took advantage of the Beavers' cold shooting hands finishing the game on a 22-7 run to claim the 76-67 victory and 2-0 record in the Tipoff.

Despite BSU's offensive slump as the game wound down, the teams' stats mirrored the other's. BSU was 24-of-64 (.391) from the floor while MSU posted a 28-of-69 (.406) shooting night and both teams netted five three-pointers. Although BSU went to the line eight fewer times than the Mavericks, they made up the difference by knocking down 75-percent (12-of-16) while MSU was 15-for-24 (.625)

The Maverick win improves its hold on the all-time series to 19-10 and snaps a three-game winning streak by the Beavers. Before Saturday, the last time MSU had prevailed over Bemidji State was Dec. 1, 2001.

Bemidji State (0-2) is back on the road next weekend traveling to Duluth, Minn. for a pair of games in the American Family Insurance Classic. The Beavers are slated to battle the host University of Minnesota Duluth Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday will turn its focus toward a St. Cloud State University team that was ranked No. 4 in the country in the Division II Women's Basketball Coaches Association Preseason Poll (Oct. 31). Live stats for both games will be available at