Beavers bounce back to drop Upper Iowa, 79-66
Saturday, January 20, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team bounced back from an heart-breaking one-point loss to Winona State University Friday, by dropping Upper Iowa University, 79-66, in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium.

Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) netted a career-best 26 points to lead BSU in the win while Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) chipped in 19 points, seven rebounds and led all players with nine assists.

Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds helping BSU to a 38-35 edge on the glass while she scored 12 points for her team-leading ninth double-double of the season.

Upper Iowa's Katie Reihmann netted 18 points on 6-of-13 from beyond the arc to pace five Peacock players in double figures. Andrea Down added 10 points while dishing out a team-high five assists while Amanda Faas and Christa Hammel grabbed five boards to lead the team.

The game was close during the opening minutes as a jumper from Matzke put the Beavers in the lead at 13-10 about five minutes into the first half. That hoop sparked a 9-2 run that was capped by a pair of free Lawson free-throws to put BSU up 20-12 before the 10-minute mark.

Upper Iowa (7-11, 3-6 NSIC) stuck with the Beavers using the three-point shot to keep BSU within reach. But Lawson continued her perfect night at the line (7-7) with another pair of free throws to put the Beavers ahead 29-21 with just over six minutes left.

Upper Iowa’s Chelsea Peterson then hit on a lay up, cutting the BSU lead to six.

But the Beavers went on an 8-0 run to open up a 14 point lead and take control. Matzke, Lawson and Peterson all contributed to the run as the momentum swung completely into the Beavers' favor.

BSU held off a late charge from beyond the arc to cruise into the break leading the visiting Peacocks 41-26.

Upper Iowa got no closer than 12 in the second half as the Beavers were 16-of-32 from the field (.500) in the stanza and pushed their record back over the .500 mark to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in NSIC play.

The Beavers finished an efficient shooting night 33-of-62 (.532) from the floor, 2-of-6 (.333) from outside the three-point arc and 11-of 13 from the line (.846). UIU was 24-for-67 (.358) overall, hoisted 31 three-pointers making 10 (.322) and was 8-of-10 (.8000 from the stripe.

The win gives BSU a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series as the team holds a 1-0 mark versus the Peacocks in NSIC play.

Bemidji State wraps up its current five-game homestand next weekend when it welcomes Southwest Minnesota State University and Wayne State College to the BSU Gymnasium for NSIC competition. The Mustangs ride in for a Friday night tilt while WSC is slated as the Saturday opponent. Both games are set to begin at 6 p.m.