Second half surge pushes Beavers past Huskies 70-63
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Second half surge pushes Beavers past Huskies 70-63
BEMIDJI, Minn.  -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball squad shot 53.8 percent from the field and went a perfect 6-of-6 from downtown in the second half of the 70-63 victory against St. Cloud State University Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. Junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Beavers. She shot 5-of-7 from the field, 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 from the line. The win ended a two-game skid for BSU, improving to 12-10 overall and 6-9 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

“It was a great team effort, especially because we got some contributions from players that haven’t been playing as much,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “I thought Heather Sampson gave us a lift in the post and Shannon Thompson did a great job running our three-quarter court defense and hitting some key 3’s early. We didn’t shoot well in the first half, but came back and in the last 15 minutes of the game and did a good job of executing and knocking down shots. We’ve been in a funk, so it was good to come out of that in the second half. This was a game we need to win to have a chance to make the playoffs.”

Hebrink led the team in scoring and was the only Beaver in double-figures, but all 11 BSU players were represented in the scoring column. BSU was 10-for-20 from 3-point land in the game and shot 42 percent from the field. The Beavers held the Huskies to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and a dismal 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.

SCSU dominated the first half, starting the contest on a 11-0 run that put the Beavers on their heels right off the bat. BSU made its first hoop 2:47 into the game, getting a 3-pointer from freshman guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) that made the score 3-11. After trading buckets, Thompson hit another 3-point shot to put the Beavers down 5-13. The shot started a a four minute rally, as BSU went on a 10-2 run to tie the game 15-15 with 10 minutes remaining in the half. Freshman center Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.) scored four points and added three rebounds and a block in that time span. That run was the only shinning moment for BSU in the half, as SCSU scored to break the tie with 7:38 remaining and never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. The Huskies got the advantage to as large as 10 with 2:19 left, but a sophomore Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) trademark 3-pointer cut the deficit to six by the halftime buzzer, with the scoreboard reading 34-28. BSU got 20 of its 28 points from its bench in the half.

The Beavers chipped-way at St. Cloud State’s lead during the early stages of the second half, finally tying the game 40-40 with 14:21 left off the hands of a senior guard Kim Rosecrans (Crosby, Minn.) 3-pointer. SCSU got the lead back with 13:09 on the clock. Every time the Huskies started to get going and build a lead, Hebrink would fire a 3-point basket back at them. She hit three 3-pointers in the span of 4:30, including two on consecutive possessions, with the last one tying the contest 53-53 with 7:39 remaining. The score remained tied until freshman Jessie Althoff (C, Becker, Minn.) joined the 3-point party and dropped a bomb to make the score 56-53 with 6:19 left in regulation. The bucket proved to be the spark BSU needed as it went up five after two sophomore Taylor Davis (G/F, Crookston, Minn.) free throws. A 5-2 run by SCSU cut the Beaver lead to two with 3:52 remaining, but freshman guard Katie Pettit (Howard Lake, Minn.) increased the lead to four with two free throws after driving the lane and drawing a foul. A Hebrink lay-up with 2:49 left put BSU up 64-58 and in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game. The Huskies got two free throws with 1:59 on the clock, but Pettit came down on the next BSU possession and converted on a running jumper through the lane to put the Beavers up 66-60. The Huskies turned the ball over on its next trip down the court and was forced to play the foul game, leading to a 70-63 BSU victory.

The win improved BSU to 5-8 when trailing at the half this season. Hebrink scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, while adding a team-high three steals. Epema led the team in rebounds with six, scoring seven points. Thompson had all nine of her points on 3-pointers, adding a career-high seven assists.  
The Beavers go on the road Feb. 12-13 for a couple NSIC games against Minnesota State University Moorhead and University of Minnesota, Crookston.

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