January 08, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State384179
Stats at a GlanceAUGIEBSUWBB
FG Percentage.381 (24-63) .476 (30-63)
3P FG Percentage.333 (11-33) .474 (9-19)
FT Percentage.792 (19-24) .500 (10-20)
Offensive Rebounds87
Defensive Rebounds3033
Total Rebounds3840
Bench Points1325
PointsHayes - 23
Doyle - 23
Hebrink - 18
McKay - 18
ReboundsWilka - 9
McKay - 9
Wessling - 9
AssistsHayes - 7
Doyle - 7
Baldwin - 3
Lee - 3
StealsDoyle - 3
Wilka - 3
McKay - 4
BlocksNelson - 1
Wilka - 1
Balanced attack leads Beavers past No. 21 Augustana
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Balanced attack leads Beavers past No. 21 Augustana
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Guided by a balanced attack featuring strong shooting from Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) and Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston Minn.) and the strong inside presence of senior Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team upended the No. 21 Augustana College Vikings. The victory marks the first win over a ranked opponent for the Beavers since upsetting defending National Champion Minnesota State University, ranked No. 11 at the time, 80-72 on Dec. 19, 2009. Bemidji State breaks a three-game losing streak with the win. BSU improves to 5-7 (2-6 NSIC). Augustana falls to 13-3 (6-3 NSIC).

Seniors McKay and Hebrink put their senior leadership on display as they paced BSU in Saturday’s upset as each tallied 18 points on the night. Hebrink’s 18 came on six of 11 shooting from the field and included four made three pointers. The Beavers shot nine of 19 from beyond the arc including Hebrink’s four of six and Epema’s three of five performance from three-point land. McKay showed her dominance inside in the second half as BSU’s early shooting prowess from outside opened up the middle in the second half. McKay ended the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) and Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) also tallied double figures on the afternoon. Both players finished with 11 points while Epema added nine points.

The Beavers outshot the Vikings 47.6 percent to 38.1 percent. BSU also controlled the rebound battle as they outrebounded Augustana 40 to 38. McKay and freshman Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) led BSU on the glass with nine boards.

Augustana was led by guard pair Molly Hayes and Megan Doyle. Each Viking player tallied 23 points on the afternoon. Hayes was six of 11 from the floor and eight of 11 from the charity stripe. Doyle was eight of 20 shooting and a perfect five for five from the free throw line. Liz Helsper came off the bench to become the third Viking to score in double figures with 11 points. Augustana was 11 of 33 from beyond the arc with Hayes and Helsper leading the way with three apiece. Guard Tessa Wilka led the Vikings on the glass with nine rebounds.

BSU had led by as many as nine early in the second half until Augustana made a charge in the middle of the period. Augustana took their first lead since the 5:35 mark in the first half when Megan Doyle made a layup with 11:17 remaining. The layup was part of a 14-2 run for the Vikings from the 14:02 mark to the 10:17 mark of the second half. The two teams exchanged the lead for the following two minutes until BSU used two made hoops from McKay to get the lead back out to five. Augustana countered with a three pointer from Molly Hayes and a layup from Doyle to even the game up at 69-69 at the 6:36 mark. Two made free throws by Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) and a made jumper from McKay put the Beavers back up 73-69. The Vikings again tied the game at 75-75 at the 2:38 mark following a Hayes free throw. The Beavers got the lead back with 1:06 remaining when McKay fired a pass into the lane to Lee who converted the layup to put BSU ahead 77-75. The Vikings tried to counter on the other end but had two misses. McKay converted a layup with 16 seconds remaining to put Bemidji State ahead 79-75. With nine seconds remaining Doyle converted a three-point play by making the layup and a free throw on the other end to make the game 79-78 with nine seconds left. Despite three missed free throws by Baldwin in the final nine seconds BSU still came away with the victory over their foes from Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Bemidji State Beavers played one of their best halves of the season as they went into the locker room with a 38-33 lead over the No. 21 Augustana Vikings. BSU was led by the sharp shooting of Hebrink, three of four from beyond the arc, and Epema, two of four from three-point land for six points. Bemidji State was six of 12 as a team from beyond the arc. Hebrink finished the first half with 11 points. Althoff added seven points.

Bemidji State controlled the boards in the first half as they outrebounded Augustana 22 to 17. Wessling led the Beavers with eight rebounds in the opening period. BSU outshot Augustana 43.8 percent to 33.3 percent in the first half.

Hayes paced the Vikings in the first half with 13 points. Hayes was three of six from the floor including two made three pointers. She was also five of six from the charity stripe. Doyle added seven points. Augustana was six of 17 for 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Saturday’s win marks the fourth time a Mike Curfman coached squad has defeated a ranked opponent. Along with Saturday’s win and last season’s victory over No. 11 Minnesota State, Curfman-coached BSU squad have also defeated No. 4 St. Cloud State and No. 24 Wayne State during the 2006-07 season.

The upset victory over Augustana comes following three tough road games where the Beavers lost by more than 20 points to Minnesota Duluth, Northern State and U-Mary. The win is the second for BSU in the conference along with a home win over Upper Iowa on Dec. 11. Saturday's win also snaps an eight game losing streak to the Vikings. Prior to the victory BSU hadn’t defeated Augustana since their first-ever meeting on Dec. 10, 1983.

BSU will welcome another ranked foe to BSU Gymnasium on Sunday as No. 9 Wayne State, the league’s No. 1 team, will travel to Bemidji. BSU split the series with the Wildcats last year with the Beavers defeating Wayne State in Bemidji and the Wildcat defeating BSU in Wayne.