Bemidji State falls at No. 22 Northern State, 84-68
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Aberdeen, S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- Northern State University’s Wachs Arena has always been a tough place for BSU to play and Saturday, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team again struggled to play its game, dropping the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest to the No. 22 Wolves, 84-68.

NSU grabbed a 46-29 advantage on the glass, got to the line 17 more times than the Beavers and turned 11 BSU turnovers into 21 points on their way to their 13th win of the season (13-4) and the team's sixth in NSIC play (6-2).

Kate Bremmer (Sr., G, Granite Falls, Minn.), making just her second start of the season, continued her success versus the Wolves posting a career-high 17 points draining eight of her 11 field goal attempts with a 1-of-3 effort from three-point range in a team-high 34 minutes. Since joining the team last season, she has averaged 12.7 points per game in three contests versus NSU.

Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) and Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) each netted 10 points with Peterson nabbing a team-best eight boards in the loss.

NSU's Caroline Becker hit an efficient 11-of-13 from the field and was 4-for-5 from the free-throw line to lead all players with 26 points. She added a game-best 10 rebounds to record the only double-double of the night. Noelle Hall and Miranda Boepple netted 19 and 10 points respectively while each grabbed nine boards.

As the game got underway, the teams battled to separate themselves from the other trading the lead five times during the first four minutes. But a Hall jumper followed by a Boepple layup before the 15-minute mark, would give the Wolves a lead the Beavers would not be able to eclipse.

After a Melissa Roberts (So., F, Staples, Minn.) three-pointer brought the Beavers to within one point, 15-14, with 13:02 to play in the first half, NSU responded by scoring seven consecutive points during the next two minutes to extend its lead to nine, 23-14.

BSU's Colleen Boell (So., G, Burnsville, Minn.) trimmed the NSU advantage to six points, 27-21, at the 9:11-mark, but riding a 6-for-6 streak from the free-throw line during the next four minutes, the Wolves out scored BSU 11-2 to stretch their lead to 38-23.

Although Bremmer was 6-of-7 from the field for 13 points and the BSU bench, including Roberts and Boell, came up big for the Beavers in the first half, it was not enough to offset the 27-14 rebounding advantage NSU held over BSU or the 28 points the Wolves recorded off second-chance baskets and Bemidji State turnovers.

The teams would go into the halftime break with NSU holding a 45-32 advantage.

The Beavers trailing by as many as 19 points early in the second half, whittled away at the Wolves lead throughout the final 20 minutes slicing the NSU advantage to eight points (72-64) on an Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) jumper with 4:44 to go in the game. But a Wolves team that was 15-of-30 (.500) from the floor, including 3-of-6 (.500) from beyond the three-point arc in the second half, was 5-of-7 from the field down the stretch to smother the BSU comeback attempt and claim the conference victory.

Northern State's continues is dominance over the Beavers in the all-time series with the win. The Wolves are now 37-7 versus BSU all-time and have won 35 of the last 38 contests when facing the Beavers.

Bemidji State (7-7; 4-3 NSIC) will be back in action Tuesday when the team returns home for a non-conference tilt versus Minnesota State University. The Beavers look to avenge a 76-67, Nov. 18 loss to the Mavericks in the 7 p.m. tip off at the BSU Gymnasium.