No. 4 North Dakota’s big first half downs BSU
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The fourth-ranked University of North Dakota proved it was a top-five team downing Bemidji State. The Sioux jumped out to a 43-22 first half lead and held any Beaver charge at bay on their way to an 86-59 nonconference victory in the BSU gymnasium Wednesday night.

The Sioux started the game with an 11-2 run, but BSU quickly responded with a 9-3 effort of their own to close the lead to 14-11. Layups by Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) and Melissa Roberts (So., Staples, Minn.) and back-to-back scores by Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) helped BSU back in the game.

After that the Sioux closed out the half on a 17-4 run over the last 8:15 of the frame to put the game nearly out of reach at 43-22. The Sioux got three-pointers by Danye Guinn and Carissa Jahner during the stretch.

The Beavers couldn’t cut the lead to any less than 16 in the second half, as Kierah Kimbrough posted the first 15 points of the half for UND to help keep BSU at arm’s length.

Despite double digit point totals from three BSU players, UND’s Kimbrough shouldered the load for the Sioux with a 28-point, 12-rebound effort.

Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) entered the contest on a quest for an eighth straight game with a double-double but came up two rebounds short, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Matzke also scored 14 points, and Karlee Simonson (Jr., F, Rockford, Minn.) continued her streak of double-digit point totals with 13 points. Simonson added seven rebounds and five steals in the game.

The inside presence of Kimbrough and her teammate Ashley Langen, who had 10 points and seven rebounds outscored BSU in the paint 32-22.

The Beavers record drops to an even 5-5 and the No. 4 Sioux improved to 15-1 on the season.

BSU will be back in action after the holiday with a game against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the BSU gymnasium on Thursday, December 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Notes: Karlee Simonson posted at least 13 points for the fourth straight game... BSU outscored UND on the fastbreak 9-6, but UND held the bench scoring advantage 24-7... UND had all eleven players that reached the floor enter the scoring column... UND outrebounded the Beavers 42-27... The teams were even on turnovers with 20 apiece and made free throws with nine apiece.