MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team ran into a fiery Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon team Friday night at the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, losing 68-58 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest.
The Dragons (17-6, 11-5 NSIC) jumped out to a 19-point halftime lead, shooting 50 percent from the field and went 5-for-11 from beyond the arc, owning the rebounding margin 20-14. The Beavers struggled on both ends of the floor and shot 37.9 percent in the half, going 0-6 from the 3-point line and committing 13 turnovers.
The Beavers (12-11, 6-10 NSIC) couldn’t get a shot to drop until 3:45 into the game, making the score 2-6. For the first 10 minutes of the game, the Dragons were shooting 64.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, owning a 25-13 lead at the media timeout with 9:48 remaining. BSU was 40 percent from the field, but 0-4 from 3-point land. MSUM came out of the timeout and knocked down a 3-pointer that gave it a 15 point advantage. The Beavers continued to struggle through rest of the first half and the Dragons didn’t back down, finishing the half with a 19-point lead at 43-24.
The Dragons stretched their lead to 56-30 with 12:06 left in the frame, their largest lead of the game. BSU was then able to cut the deficit to 10 with a 22-6 run over the next 8:26 of the game, getting scoring from seven different players. MSUM ended the run with a couple of free throws, but then freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) responded with a pair of freebies of her own with 3:03 left. Neither team scored until there was 1:45 reading on the clock, as the home team hit a free throw to go back up 11. A missed jumper by Pettit led to an offensive rebound and jumper by MSUM on the other end of the floor, giving the home team a 13-point lead. A free throw shot by the Dragons made it 14, then the Beavers pushed the ball up the floor and converted on a two lay-ups to bring the deficit back down to 10 with 28 seconds left and the score 68-58. That would turn out to be the final score as the Beavers’ attempt to scratch and claw their way back into the game fell short.
Junior Colleen McKay (C, Barnum, Minn.) had a team-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Sophomore Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) had seven points and seven rebounds in the game. By the end of the game, BSU shot 40.3 percent and MSUM was 47.1 percent from the field. The Dragons made all five of their 3-pointers in the first half.