Matzke’s 26 points powers BSU to 80-68 win
Friday, January 26, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State’s Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) scored 26 points for the second straight game and Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) grabbed a career high 18 rebounds to lead BSU to an 80-68 win over conference rival Southwest Minnesota State.

Matzke was 7-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc and a perfect 8-for-8 at the charity stripe. She also posted eight rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal.

Peterson did her damage on the glass with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s top rebound total of the season. She grabbed 14 rebounds on the defensive end and four on offense. Peterson held the previous conference high with 17 rebounds on two occasions this season.

BSU jumped out to an 11-4 lead early, but a seesaw battle ensued that included 10 lead changes in the half before BSU ran off a 9-3 run in the last 6:37 before intermission. The half was capped off with an offensive rebound and lay-in by Colleen Boell (So., G, Burnsville, Minn.) with 15 seconds left. Boell ended the night in double figures with 10 points including two three-pointers and three rebounds.

The second half was controlled by the Beavers as they built a 14-point lead on five second-half three pointers including three by Matzke during a 15-6 run in the middle of the second half.

Matzke and Bridget Smith (So., Burnsville, Minn.) nailed back-to-back threes for a quick 6-0 run with 8:30 to play to help cement Bemidji State’s lead.

The Beavers held onto the lead late with near perfect free-throw shooting. For the game, BSU was 20-for-25 (.800) from the line including 8-for-10 in the second half.

Peterson’s double-double marked the 10th of the season, and Matzke lead the Beavers in scoring for the third time in the last four games.

The win marked the second in a row for the Beavers and third in the last four games. BSU’s record now stands a 10-8 overall and 6-4 in the NSIC. Southwest Minnesota State dropped to 4-15 overall and 1-9 in the conference.

BSU will wrap up its five-game homestand on Saturday night against Wayne State (Neb.). The tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. In a matchup of the two teams in Wayne, Neb., earlier this season BSU came away with a 76-68 victory over the 24th ranked team in the nation.

Notes: BSU outrebounded SMSU 49-40... Four BSU players scored in doubles figures: Matzke (26), McConkey (14), Peterson (13), Boell (10)... BSU outscored SMSU in the paint 22-10... BSU’s bench scored 18 points while SMSU’s scored 13... BSU was 8-17 (.471) from the three-point line while SMSU was 7-27 (.259).