Omaha, Neb. (Sapp Fieldhouse) - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team kept the game close early but a 15-0 run to close out the first half by the University of Nebraska, Omaha put the Beavers in a hole they couldn’t get out of. The Mavericks went on to take a 109-76 nonconference victory over BSU in Omaha, Neb.
UNO took the lead on the opening tip off a jumper by LaToya Wright and never relinquished the lead. BSU tied the game twice in the first three minutes but was never able to claim a advantage.
The Beavers down 13-6 in the early going, went on a 8-1 run with a jumper by Heidi Matzke (Sr., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) followed by a pair of layups by Colleen McKay (So., F, Barnum, Minn.) and Katherine Jamnick (Jr., C, Soudan, Minn.) capped off by a McKay jumper. The teams traded baskets for the next 8:20 with the Mavericks extending their lead to 10 points three times before BSU closed the gap to six points 38-32 with 5:54 left in the half.
The final 5:54 belonged to the Mavericks as they closed out the half on a 15-0 run extending their lead to 21 (53-22) by the halftime horn.
BSU’s Matzke and Jamnick tried to keep the Beavers within striking distance in the second half, scoring 16 and eight points, respectively, in the second frame. Matzke ended the game with a team-high 22 points and Jamnick ended with 17.
Sydney Epema (Fr., G, Crookston, Minn.) and McKay also scored in double digits for the Beavers with 16 and 11 points. Matzke also led the team with five assists and three steals while Taylor Davis (Fr., F, Crookston, Minn.) tied her career-best with a team-high seven rebounds.
The balanced scoring for the Mavericks was led by Alyssa Green with 23 points and Cayla Hargrove's 17 including a 7-of-11 night from the field, 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line. Green was 8-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point land.
The Mavericks made 43-of-79 (.544) shots, including 13-of-31 (.419) from three-point land to help keep the pressure on the Beavers offense all night.
BSU’s offense made 27 of 56 (.482) and was outrebounded 40-31.
Bemidji State’s (2-9; 0-4 NSIC) losing streak reached seven games with the loss, while UNO improved its record to 4-4 on the season.
The Beavers are now 0-2 all-time versus the Mavericks.
Bemidji State will be back in action after the holiday break when the Beavers travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. and Wayne, Neb. on Jan. 2-3. BSU will take on Augustana College on Friday, Jan. 2 and will wrap up the NSIC weekend with a match-up with Wayne State College on Jan. 3. Both games are set to tip off at 6 p.m.
State is currently on a season-long seven game losing skid, longest
since the 2004-05 season...Each team had four double digit
scorers...BSU’s Matzke netted her sixth 20 point game of the
season...Matzke moved into seventh on BSU’s all-time assist list
with 267...Matzke moved into 10th on BSU’s all-time scoring list
with 1,147 points...It is just the third time a BSU team has given up
100 points in a game twice in a season.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).