Lawson nabs career-high 13 rebounds in losing effort
BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team battled back from 12 points down with 18 minutes to go in the game to give itself an opportunity for the win during the final minutes, but time would expire on the Beavers' comeback. BSU dropped its first ever Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meeting versus University of Mary, 60-57 Friday at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, N.D.
Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) showed her hometown crowd exactly what they had been missing since her graduation for Bismarck's Central High School and exodus to BSU in 2004, leading all players with 20 points, on 7-of-10 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line, while grabbing 12 rebounds for her team-leading eighth double-double of the season. She added a pair of blocks, a steal and an assist. Peterson was joined by Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) who notched her first double-double of 2006-07 scoring 13 and pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds. She also led the Beavers with four assists and three steals.
Mary's (N.D.) Nicci Landdeck paced a trio of Marauders who recorded double-figure scoring totals with 18. She was 8-of-10 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. Corrie Villegas and Maria Weigelt rounded out UM's top three scorers netting 14 and 10 respectively. Villegas pulled down 10 defensive boards to post the home team's only double-double.
After a quick jumper from Kate Bremmer (Sr., G, Granite Falls, Minn.) to open the game, Bemidji State would watch the Marauders score the next six points and 10 of the next 12 to jump out to a six-point lead just 3:03 into the contest (10-4).
Despite multiple runs at the Mary lead, the Beavers converted just 10-of-30 field goal attempts (.333), were 0-for-7 from beyond the three-point arc and made 1-of-4 free-throw opportunities and were unable to overtake the hosts during the first half.
UM took a 29-21 lead into the lock rooms after 20 minutes.
As the teams came out of the break, Mary quickly extend its lead to 12 points, 36-24, on a three-pointer by Kayla Rogers.
BSU would keep pace with the Marauders and used a 8-0 run to trim the lead to 43-41 with 12:35 to play.
Less than 90-seconds later, a jumper by Peterson would put BSU in the lead (46-45) for the first time since the game's first minute.
The Beavers added a basket two possessions later to extend its lead to three, 48-45, with just over eight minutes to play. BSU held that lead until Villegas would reclaim the advantage for UM with a pair of free-throws with 3:46 on the clock.
On the return trip down the court, Lawson put the Beavers back in front (53-52), but the Marauders responded with a seven-point run during the next 2:06, leaving BSU just 1:26 to make up the 58-52 difference to salvage the win.
Peterson would draw a foul and hit a pair of freebies and Lawson made good on a jump shot 20-seconds later to reel the Marauders to within two points, 58-56, with just 10 seconds to play, but the Beavers would put Weigelt on the line with four seconds left and the freshman put the game out of reach converting both free-throws.
BSU finished the game with a 41-36 edge on the glass and used a 13-for-32 effort from the floor during the second half to complete the game 23-of-62 (.371). UM was 23-of-53 in the game (.434) and doubled the Beavers three-point field goals with six.
The Marauders even the all-time series with BSU to 1-1 gaining its first ever win over the Beavers in the first meeting between the teams since their inaugural matchup during the 1984 season.
The loss also drops the Beavers into a tie with Concordia University-St. Paul for third place in the NSIC standings at 4-2 in league play.
Bemidji State (7-6; 4-2 NSIC) is back in action tomorrow as it travels to Aberdeen, S.D. to battle No. 22 Northern State University. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in NSU's Wach's Arena.