BSU erases double-digit second-half deficit to beat CSP 82-74
Friday, December 8, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Led by 16-point, 17-rebound effort from junior center Stephanie Peterson (Bismarck, N.D.) the Bemidji State University women's basketball team erased an 11-point second half deficit to take an 82-74 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Concordia-St. Paul.

CSP took a 37-34 advantage in halftime after the teams traded leads three times in the opening frame.

In the second half, CSP went on a 13-4 run led by two three-pointers and a jumper from forward Kelly Lund to open up the 11-point lead with 12:19 remaining.

With some foul trouble plaguing the Beavers, the bench came up big led by two timely three-pointers from sophomore guard Colleen Boell (Burnsville, Minn.). Boell finished with seven points and two rebounds in 17 minutes.

BSU chipped away at the lead over the next seven minutes before knotting the game, 69-69, with 4:50 to play on a Peterson layup. From then on, BSU held the lead after Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) sank two free throws. Lawson finished the game with 11 points, seven assists, and three steals.

Over the final 4:20, the Beavers combined to make 11 of their last 12 free throws build a comfortable lead and ice the game away.

Bemidji State got double-digit scoring efforts from Karlee Simonson (Jr., F, Rockford, Minn.) and Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) to complement Lawson and Peterson. Simonson shot 6-for-11 from the field to total 16 points and collected five rebounds, while Matzke supplanted her 14 points with a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Matzke also collected three rebounds and dished out three assists.

The Golden Bears were led by Lund's 17 points and Amanda Behke's 16 points and 12 rebounds. Candace Olstad also chipped in a double-digit effort with 15 points for Concordia-St. Paul.

The win improves the Beavers record to 4-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the NSIC.

The Beavers will look to stay at the top of the NSIC on Saturday night with another conference contest against Minnesota State, Moorhead in the BSU Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Notes: Peterson's 17 rebounds matched a career-high and tied her own mark with the highest single game rebound total in the NSIC this season... BSU combined to sink 24-of-32 compared just 8-for-14 for CSP... BSU also sank 8-of-17 (.471) three-point attempts which is a season best percentage from downtown... BSU starts 3-0 in NSIC play for the fourth time ever and first time since the '95-96 season... Fourth time in seven games this season that the Beavers have had four players score in double figures...