BSU drops season opener, 83-47, at South Dakota
Sunday, November 16, 2008

VERMILLION, S.D. (Vermillion High School) - South Dakota forward Bridget Yoerger posted the games lone double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds to vault the Coyotes past the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team, 83-47, Sunday afternoon at the Vermillion High School in Vermillion S.D. The senior spoiled the Beavers’ 2008-09 season-opener hitting 9-of-15 shots (.600), going 1-of-1 from three-point land and 4-of-4 from the line.

The main key to the game was turnovers as the Beavers turned the ball over 19 times while USD converted just seven turnovers in the game. The Coyotes also garnered thirty more points than the Beaver from behind the three-point arc as USD finished the game 13-of-28 (.464) while BSU was just 3-of-15 (.200).

Bridget Yoerger and Maggie Youngberg paced the USD offensive attack netting 23 and 18 points respectively. Annie Roche, Kelli Fargen and Natalie Carda also chipped in with double-digit point. Roche and Fargen were a team-best 6-of-9 from the field while Youngberg made good on 6-of-11 three-point attempts. The Coyotes shot a smoldering 49 percent (33-67) in the game grabbing a 36-32 edge on the glass.

Yoerger also topped the team’s rebounding effort grabbing a game-high 13 to register the only double-double of the night.

Senior Heidi Matzke (Sr., G, Red Lake Falls, Minn.) was the lone Beaver to record a double-digit point total with 11 points. Sydney Epema (Fr., G, Crookston, Minn.) added nine while sophomore Colleen McKay (So., F, Barnum, Minn.) poured in eight points. Megan Bates (Fr., F, Brainerd, Minn.) hauled in a team-best eight rebounds while Matzke dished out four assists.

The teams came out of the gates a little sluggish as it took 2:15 until the Coyotes Jasmine Mosley opened the scoring with a layup to give USD a 2-0 lead. Katherine Jamnick (Jr., C, Soudan, Minn.) tied the score at 2-2 with a jumper at 16:08 of the half to final get BSU on the scoreboard. The teams traded baskets and with 13:11 remaining in the half, Epema gave BSU its first lead of the game (7-6) off a three-pointer. But the Coyotes would rattle off the next twelve points to regain the lead and take a 18-7 lead at the midway point of the half.

USD stretched its lead to 15 (26-11) with 5:58 left in the half, but BSU would not give up as they closed out the half on a 11-4 run to go into halftime down by just eight points (30-22).

The Coyotes came out in the second half and pushed its lead to 16 (38-22) the largest of the game making good on four of its first five shot attempts in the half including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc during the run. Epema stopped the run for the Beavers with a jumper closing the gap to 14 points (38-24) but South Dakota continued to apply pressure increasing its lead to as large as 39 points (74-35) with 7:53 left in the game.

South Dakota would not look back as BSU closed the gap to 32 in the game’s final four minutes before falling 83-47.

The loss drops Bemidji State to 2-2 all-time versus South Dakota and fall to 0-4 under head coach Mike Curfman in opening games. The Beavers fall to 16-24 in season opening games all-time.

Matzke is just 34 points shy from becoming the fourteenth player in BSU history to garner 1,000 points in a career. With her four assists she also moves just ten assists shy of taking over sole possession of the ninth spot on BSU all-time assists list.

Bemidji State (0-1; 0-0 NSIC) will be back in action on Nov. 21-22 when the Beavers travel to St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the Wildwood Lodge Tip-Off Classic hosted by Concordia University, St. Paul. BSU will played Metro State at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 and will wrap up the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 22 against the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse at 2 p.m.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).