BSU rallies from 17 down to gain a 80-73 win over Wayne State
Saturday, January 27, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team overcame a 17-point first half deficit to earn an 80-73 victory over Wayne State College Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. The win brings BSU back into thick of the log jam atop the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings just one win out of first place at 7-4 in league play.

After trading baskets with the Wildcats in the game's first three minutes, the Beavers stumbled through a 10-miniute span in which it was 2-of-10 from the field, turned the ball over eight times and watched a visiting WSC squad build a 17-point advantage. But when BSU head coach Mike Curfman called a 30-seocnd time out with 7:49 to go, a different Beavers team came out of the huddle. Just seven-second later, Heidi Matzke (So., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) took a pass from Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) and hit a jumper to spark a magnificent 29-6 run to end the half.

Nancy McConkey (Sr., F, Superior, Wis.) and Lawson combined for 15 points on the run with McConkey netting eight of her game total of 16 as BSU was 8-of-11 (.727). during the stretch.

The Beavers went into the break owning a hard-earned 43-37 advantage ending the half 15-of-31 (.484) from the floor and with an 18-13 edge on the glass thanks to five boards from Stephanie Peterson (Jr., F, Bismarck, N.D.).

The Beavers would struggle to get back on track as the second half got underway watching their six-point lead dwindle to just one point, 47-46, 5:05 into the final stanza. But a McConkey triple started a stretch in which BSU would net 16-of-23 points to build its lead back to 10 points, 63-53, with 8:34 on the clock.

But WSC was not done. By the 5:30-mark, the Wildcats were already back to within two points, 65-63, and would close the gap to a basket on two other occasions in the next two minutes.

Lauren Gustafson would keep the pressure on BSU finding a seam to the basket and converting a layup to shrink the BSU lead to four, 75-71, with 51 seconds left in regulation. But McConkey with her second three-pointer of the night to put the game out of reach for the visiting Wildcats.

Lawson led all players with 17 points on 6-of-8 (.750) from the field and 5-of-6 from the line (.833). McConkey chipped in 16 while Kate Bremmer (Sr., G, Granite Falls, Minn.) recorded 15.

The always steady Peterson contributed 12 points and a game-best 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of 2006-07 while Matzke posted career-highs of eight assists and three blocks in the contest.

Wayne State was led by Erin McCormick who scored 16 and pulled down nine boards. Kylee McGill added 15 points and Gustafson netted nine and dished out seven assists.

BSU finished the night 29-of-16 from the floor (.475) and 6-of-14 from outside the three-point arc (.429). The team was also an efficient 16-for-18 from the free-throw line (.889).

The Wildcats capped the night at 25-of-57 (.439) and 5-of-7 from three-point land (.313). They also took advantage of free-throw opportunities missing just one in 19 attempts (.947).

The Beavers improve to 11-19 all-time versus Wayne State.

Bemidji State (11-8; 7-4 NSIC) hits the road next weekend for an important set of NSIC match ups. Friday the team will battle a MSU Moorhead team that is 14-5 overall and 8-2 in league play. Saturday the Beavers turn their focus to Concordia-St. Paul (11-8; 8-2 NSIC). Both games are set for 6 p.m. starts.