BSU drops heartbreaker to Winona State, 67-66
Friday, January 19, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team dropped a close contest, 67-66, to Winona State at the BSU Gymnasium on Friday night. After a loose ball tie-up stopped the clock with one second left, the Warriors made the most of their chance and made a layup as the final horn sounded.

Bemidji State took the lead on a free throw by Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) with 15 seconds remaining, 66-65. Winona State took the ensuing possession down and missed a jumper with five seconds to go, but a jump ball stopped the clock with one second remaining and Amanda Reimer made the winning layup.

Reimer ended the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors. The Beavers’ Amy Lawson (Jr., G, Spencer, Iowa) matched Reimer’s double-double with one of her own. Lawson ended with a game-high 20 points and 10 assists.

The Beavers charged out of the gates with a 14-0 run in the first 4:20. The run was highlighted by six points from Nancy McConkey (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) and four points from Lawson.

Winona State responded, chipping away at the lead before taking a 37-34 halftime lead courtesy of a 9-0 run with 3:00 minutes to play in the half.

BSU gave up the opening point of the second half, then reeled off 10 straight points, this time with four points from both Lawson and McConkey. The Beavers put together another run of 11-3 to build a nine-point lead with 8:36 to play.

The Warriors came right back and tied up the score with four minutes to play, but Bridget Smith (So., G, Burnsville, Minn.) nailed a three-pointer to put the Beavers back in the lead.

The Beavers built a four-point lead but Winona State’s Shelby Krueger made a three to bring the lead back to one. BSU came right back with a jump-hook from Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) to keep a three-point lead.

After a three-pointer from Nikki Fleck tied the score at 65-65, Matzke made 1-of-2 from the line for a one-point lead before the Warriors ended it with a layup.

McConkey ended the night with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and collected six rebounds. Lawson added six rebounds and three steals to her double-double night.

The loss drops the Beavers record to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bemidji State will continue its homestand Saturday night with another NSIC game, against Upper Iowa at 6:00 p.m.

Notes: Bemidji State led Winona State in points off turnovers (19-8), points in the paint (34-16), and fastbreak points (8-0).... The Beavers outshot Winona State with a .527 field goal percentage compared to .393... The Warriors made 12 threes compared to just three for the Beavers.