BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell short in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference shootout with the University of Minnesota, Crookston, losing 92-88 in the BSU Gymnasium Saturday. Freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) posted 17 points, going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe.
“With such a young squad we haven’t figured out how to win those close games yet,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “I’m proud of our squad for not giving-up at halftime and playing through to the final buzzer.”
The Golden Eagles (3-4, 1-1 NSIC) came out firing in the first half, shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 44.4 from beyond the 3-point line to take an 11 point lead into the locker room. The Beavers (4-3, 0-2 NSIC) didn’t waste anytime cutting down the deficit in the second half, going on a 15-4 run in the frame’s first four minutes to tie the contest at 50 a piece. Five different BSU players scored in the run, getting on the board in every fashion with lay-ups, jumpers, free throws and 3-pointers. The game was a back-and-forth affair for the next 13 minutes, as the game was tied eight times in that time span. A lay-up by UMC with 3:05 remaining gave the Golden Eagles a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of game. BSU was within one after a Pettit free throw with 1:46 on the clock, but UMC responded on the ensuing possession with a two-point basket. That one-point mark was the closest the Beavers got, falling to 0-2 on the weekend and in conference play.
UMC shot 50 percent from the field in the game, to BSU’s 40 percent. The Beavers forced 20 Golden Eagle turnovers, while committing only eight of their own. Pettit had four of BSU’s 12 steals in the game, as the home team outscored UMC 20-5 in the points off turnovers category. Junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) posted 12 points and five rebounds, while four of her teammates had nine points. Junior center Colleen McKay (Barnum, Minn.) was one player with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Kim Rosecrans (Crosby, Minn.) provided a spark off the bench, playing in 19 minutes, posting nine points, four rebounds and two steals.
The Beavers begin their NSIC road schedule Dec. 12-13 at Winona State University and Upper Iowa University, respectively.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).