SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena) - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team got a career-best 13 points and four rebounds from junior center Katherine Jamnick (Soudan, Minn.) but it would not be enough as the Beavers were held to a season low 27-percent from the floor (16-59) in a 76-53 loss to the Northern State University Wolves in BSU’s final game of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) HoopsFest in Sioux Falls, S.D.
In addition to Jamnick’s career night, Colleen McKay (So., F, Barnum, Minn.) netted twelve points. Jamnick and McKay combined for 11 of BSU’s 16 made field goals as Jamnick was 6-of-13 (.462) while McKay went 5-for-10 (.500) from the field.
The Wolves were led by a quartet of players who reached double-digit points totals. Emily Becken led the charge with a team-high of 13 points while Krista Rabenberg chipped in 12 with Jodi Reinschmidt adding 11 and Mikayla Barondeau pouring in 10 to round out the double-digit scoring for the Wolves. Rabenberg led all players with 16 rebounds to go with her 12 points for the games lone double-double. Becken led all players with four assists.
Bemidji State’s Heidi Matzke (Sr., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) came out hot as she gave BSU a 5-0 lead just 1:17 into the contest. A layup at 15:43 of the half by Rabenberg tied the contest at 7-7 and a layup by Brittany Euerle on the Wolves next possession gave NSU its first lead of the game at 9-7 with 15:15 left in the half.
With the score tied at 10-10 the Wolves went on a 10-0 run over a 2:08 span giving NSU a 20-10 lead. BSU battled back and closed NSU’s lead to five (20-15) on a layup by Jamnick but the Wolves closed out the final 7:14 of the first frame on a 13-5 run pushing its lead to 13 (33-20) heading into the break.
Northern State opened the second half with an 25-7 run to stretch its lead to 31 before nine minutes expired in the second half. The Beavers were not done. During the next 10:20 BSU gnawed at the NSU lead out scoring the Wolves 24-14 and cutting its deficit to 21 (72-51) on a pair of Kristina Salscheider (Sr., G, Cass Lake, Minn.) free-throws. But that was all the Beavers could muster as they would run out of time and drop a 76-53 decision to the Northern State Wolves.
BSU finished the night 16-for-59 (.271) overall converting 5-of-19 (.263) shots from beyond the arc.
NSU won the battle on the boards collecting 52 rebounds to BSU’s 36 and took better care of the ball turning it over 15 times while forcing 19 BSU miscues.
BSU falls to 8-41 all-time versus the Northern State Wolves and are currently on a two game losing streak to NSU.
The Beavers (2-4) will keep their bags packed as they will head to Moorhead, Minn. for their 2008-09 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener. The battle versus the MSU Moorhead Dragons is slated for an 6 p.m. start Friday at Alex Nemzek Hall. Saturday, the team will make the trip to Crookston, Minn. where it will face University of Minnesota, Crookston in a 6 p.m. tip off at Lysaker Gymnasium.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).