December 17, 20101st2ndFinal
Bemidji State192241
Northern State343064
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBNSU
FG Percentage.254 (15-59) .404 (23-57)
3P FG Percentage.240 (6-25) .300 (3-10)
FT Percentage.833 (5-6) .714 (15-21)
Offensive Rebounds69
Defensive Rebounds2737
Total Rebounds3346
Bench Points2418
PointsThompson - 9
Barondeau - 15
ReboundsMcKay - 7
Barondeau - 13
AssistsHebrink - 2
Thompson - 2
Wessling - 2
Jasinski - 5
StealsHebrink - 6
Euerle - 4
BlocksWarmack - 1
Borstner - 1
Rabenberg - 1
Barondeau - 1
BSU falls to Northern State 64-41 as shooting woes continue
Friday, December 17, 2010
BSU falls to Northern State 64-41 as shooting woes continue
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Bemidji State University’s poor shooting and Northern State University’s dominance on the glass led the Wolves past BSU 64-41 on Friday night at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D. The Beavers fall to 4-5 (1-4 NSIC) with the loss. Northern State improves to 6-3 (3-2 NSIC).

BSU was 15 of 59 from the field (25.4 percent) including only hitting six of 25 attempted three pointers (24 percent). Northern State used their size led by 6-6 Krista Rabenberg and 6-1 Mikayla Barondeau to control the Beavers on the glass. Northern State outrebounded Bemidji State 46 to 33 on the night. Barondeau led the NSU cause with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Rabenberg added nine points and six rebounds. Guard Emily Becken was four for six from the field and finished with 14 points on the game. The Wolves shot 40.4 percent for the night.

“We just were unable to shoot the ball well tonight,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “Both teams came out pretty flat in the first half and Northern State found a way out of it and we didn’t. We just continued in our shooting slump that we have been in all season. We lead the conference in free throw shooting but we are 13th in the league in field goal percentage so we know we can shoot the ball we just haven’t been able to connect so far this season.”

Bemidji State was led by Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) with nine points on three of six shooting from the floor. Thompson came into the game struggling on the season having only hit 11.5 percent of her shots. Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) and Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) each added seven points for the Beavers. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) had six points and seven rebounds. Despite the struggles from the field BSU still continued to hit on their attempts from the charity stripe finishing five of six for 83.3 percent. BSU came into Friday night’s game as the nation’s sixth ranked team in free throw shooting percentage, hitting at a 78.9 percent clip.

BSU’s struggles from the field started from the game’s onset. The Beavers were held to 25 percent from the field (seven of 28) and connected on only three of 11 shots from beyond the arc for 27.3 percent in the first period. With their first half struggles Bemidji State found themselves down 34-19 at the break.

Barondeau led the attack for Northern State in the first half with 11 points and three rebounds. Becken and Rabenberg each added five in the opening period. The Wolves were 12 of 26 from the floor in the first half for 46.2 percent. They were three for four from beyond the arc. Northern State outrebounded the Beavers by a 21 to 14 clip in the first half.

Althoff and Lee paced BSU in the first half with five points apiece. Thompson added three on her lone three-point attempt in the half. McKay, the Beaver Pride Female Athlete of the Week following her three-game performance where she averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, was held to one of eight from the floor in the first half.

With a 15 point lead at half, the Wolves extended their lead to 17 at the 17:17 mark until BSU cut Northern State’s lead to 12 following baskets by McKay and Melissa Borstner (Fr., G, East Bethel, Minn.) but their rally was quickly cut short as the Wolves extended their lead to 22 using a 12-2 run from the 14:07 mark to the 7:52 mark led by six points from Becken.

41 points matches the lowest output for BSU under Mike Curfman. The Beavers were also held to 41 against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 25, 2009.

Northern State has now won the last five meetings between the two universities. The Wolves lead the all-time series 43-8.

Bemidji State will look to rebound on Saturday night as they face the University of Mary at 6 p.m. in Bismarck, N.D. The game will be aired live on Midco Sports Network, which is Channel 28 for Midcontinent subscribers in the Bemidji area.