ABERDEEN, S.D. (Barnett Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team saw its 2006-07 season come to an end Wednesday in Aberdeen, S.D. as the No. 3-seeded Northern State University Wolves handed the No. 6 Beavers a 72-56 loss in front of 2,481 blizzard-brave fans at the Barnett Center.
BSU led by as many as five points in a tight first frame, but was out scored 21-3 during the first 8:38 of the second half watching a one-point halftime lead turing into a 17-point deficit.
The Beavers were led by Amy Lawson (Jr., PG, Spencer, Iowa) who netted 11 points on 4-of-9 from the field, hit her only three-point attempt and was 2-for-2 from the line. She was joined in double figures by Melissa Roberts (So., F/G, Staples, Minn.). The sophomore came just one point shy of her season-high scoring 10. Stephanie Peterson (Jr., C, Bismarck, N.D.) snared nine boards to lead the BSU rebounding effort adding seven points along the way.
Noelle Hall led the charge for the Wolves recording the game's only double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. She was 10-of-14 from the field, 8-of-9 from the line and added a pair of blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of play. Allison Johnson and Carolin Becker each pitched in 11 points.
The Beavers got out of the gates quickly scoring seven of the first nine points and, minus a 30-second span around the 15-minute mark, led for the first 10 minutes of play.
A seven-point run, capped by a Hall jumper would give the Wolves a 17-14 lead with 9:52 to go in the first.
The remainder of the half was back and fourth. The score was tied on three occasions and the teams swapped the lead three times. But when Lawson hit a jumper with 5:23 on the clock, the Beavers would hold the lead through the buzzer and head to the locker room up 31-30.
Bemidji State came out of the break a little sluggish, missing its first five field goal attempts. That made way for a a six-point run by the Wolves as the host reclaimed the lead for good.
NSU would go on to out score the Beavers 21-3 as the first half got underway, extending its lead to 17 points, 51-34, before the 10-minute mark.
BSU would regroup, cutting the lead to 10 points on the heels of a 7-0 run bookend by Peterson layups, but any hopes of a Beavers' comeback was thwarted in the following three minutes and the Wolves scored nine of the next 11 points to go up by 15 with just over five minutes to play.
NSU would go on to take the win 72-56.
The Beavers finished the game 22-58 (.379) from the floor, 9-of-21 (.429) form beyond the arc and 3-of-7 from the free-throw line (.429). NSU was 22-of-66 (.394) from the field, 6-of-23 (.261) from outside the arc and 14-of-18 (.778) from the line.
In addition to the free-throw differential, NSU won the game on the glass and by capitalizing on BSU miscues. The Wolves used a 43-33 rebounding edge to generate 16 second-chance points to BSU's 10 while they forced 21 Beaver turnovers and turned those into 21 points.
With the win the Wolves, join Concordia-St. Paul, Wayne State (Neb.) and Minnesota State Moorhead, who also each won their first round contests, in the semifinal round to be played Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. a the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The Beavers finish the year 14-14 overall
and were 9-9 in NSIC play. The team's nine league wins marks
most of any BSU women's basketball team since BSU was 9-3
in conference play in 1987-88.