February 26, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State224567
Winona State354479
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBWSU-W
FG Percentage.434 (23-53) .500 (25-50)
3P FG Percentage.355 (11-31) .474 (9-19)
FT Percentage.556 (10-18) .769 (20-26)
Offensive Rebounds1510
Defensive Rebounds1918
Total Rebounds3428
Turnovers1913
Steals77
Bench Points2913
LeadersBSUWBBWSU-W
PointsLee - 17
McDonald - 21
ReboundsMcKay - 8
Glander - 4
AssistsBaldwin - 3
Glander - 6
StealsHebrink - 3
Dulas - 3
BlocksMcKay - 2
McDonald - 3
Second-half shooting not enough as Beavers fall 79-67 to Winona State
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Second-half shooting not enough as Beavers fall 79-67 to Winona State
WINONA, Minn.  - Despite nine second-half threes the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was unable to stop the Winona State University offense as the Warriors upended the Beavers 79-67 on Saturday evening at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minn. Michelle McDonald led the Winona State attack with 21 points of six-of-seven shooting from the field. Bemidji State University ends the season with a 7-19 mark (4-18 NSIC). Winona State improves to 17-8 (13-8 NSIC). The Warriors win clinches fourth place for the team in the NSIC standings heading into the conference tournament. The Warriors will host a first-round game given their fourth-place finish.

Down 18 points with 16:05 remaining in the second half, the Beavers used strong three-point shooting from Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) and Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) as they dwindled BSU’s lead down to six points at 67-61 with 5:07 remaining following a Baldwin steal and converted layup on the baseline.

Winona State was able to extend the lead back out to 71-61 with 3:36 left following four free throws from Beth Alberson. Baldwin countered on the opposite end with a layup to cut the lead to 71-63 with 3:37 left. Winona State extended the lead back out to 11 points when Alberson connected from downtown with 2:37 remaining. After a Baldwin missed layup, the Warriors got the ball back but Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) got the steal and the layup to put BSU down nine points with 2:02 left. Winona State extended the lead back out to 12 with 1:20 left following an Afton Glander trey. Baldwin converted two free throws to cut the lead to 77-67 with 57 seconds remaining. McDonald sealed the Winona State victory after hitting two free throws with 25 seconds left to put Winona State ahead 79-67.

Along with McDonald, the Warriors were paced by Katie Wolff’s 15 points on five three-pointers. Alberson added 13 points for the Warriors and Natalie Gigler finished with 12 points. Winona State outshot Bemidji State 50 percent to 43 percent. The Warriors were nine-of-19 from beyond the arc for 47 percent. Winona State shot 20-of-26 from the charity stripe on the evening.

Bemidji State was paced by Morgan Lee’s (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) season-high 17 points on five-of-eight shooting from the field. Lee bested her previous season-high 16 points set last night against Upper Iowa University. Baldwin finished with 16 points including 14 second-half points on five-of-10 shooting from the field including three three-pointers. Senior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.), playing her final game in the green and white, finished with 12 points on five-of-12 shooting. BSU shot 11-of-31 from beyond the arc for 35.5 percent including nine in the second half. The Beavers outrebounded the Warriors 34-28 led by Colleen McKay’s (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) eight rebounds and Baldwin’s seven rebounds.

The Winona State Warriors went into the break with a 35-22 lead over Bemidji State on Saturday evening led by McDonald’s 11 points on four-of-five shooting from the field. The Warriors shot 48.3 percent to BSU’s 35 percent in the opening period. Winona State was four-of-11 from downtown for 36.4 percent compared to the Beavers’ 15.4 percent on the evening. Wolff added nine points for the Warriors on three three-pointers. Gigler had six points for Winona State.

Lee led the Beavers with eight points on two-of-three shooting from the floor. She as four-of-four from the charity stripe. McKay added four points and five rebounds for BSU. Bemidji State had 14 turnovers in the opening half.

Saturday’s contest was the final game of the career’s of McKay and Hebrink. McKay finishes her career with 894 points and 496 rebounds. Hebrink ends her two-year run as the team’s assist leader in each of her seasons. BSU will return three juniors, three sophomore and five freshmen to the fray next season.
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