|November 25, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUWBB||NSW|
|FG Percentage||.273 (12-44)||.333 (26-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.176 (3-17)||.289 (11-38)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.611 (11-18)|
Baldwin - 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team struggled on the offensive end in the 73-45 loss at Nova Southeastern University Friday. The Beavers (2-1) were only able to muster a 27.3 shooting percentage in the game after averaging 47.9 percent in the first two contests of the season.
The Sharks (4-1) came out and hit a 3-pointer on their first possession to take a 3-0 lead 15 seconds into the game and then stretched the lead to seven at 9-2 5:27 into the contest. The Beavers battled back to a four point deficit at 14-10, but NSU rattled off five straight to own a 19-10 advantage with 8:27 left in the half. The game continued with the momentum switching back and fourth between the teams as both squads struggled from the floor. The Sharks owed a 24-15 lead with 3:59 remaining in the frame, but BSU would close the half on a 5-1 run, getting three points from senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.), to trail 25-20 at the half.
BSU was 4-for-20 (20%) from the field in the first half, while the Sharks posted a 25 percent shooting performance on 9-of-36. The Beavers committed 17 turnovers, but were able to force 11 from the home team. Baldwin led BSU with eight points and three rebounds in the half.
The shooting woes continued in the second half for BSU, while the Sharks found their groove from beyond the arc and hit eight 3-pointers in the second half. NSU jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the half and the Beavers were able to hang around for a bit before the missed shots got them behind by too many.
BSU was led in points by Baldwin’s 13. She added five rebounds. Sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted Minn.) posted 10 points, seven rebounds and a team-high three assists. BSU was just 3-for-17 from beyond the arc after combining for 22 in the season’s first two games. On the other hand, NSU hit 11 from downtown, nearly half of its shots made in the game - 26. The Sharks finished the game shooting 33.3 percent after they posted 40.5 percent in the second half. BSU was outrebounded 54-35. The Beavers had 28 turnovers, which transferred into 22 points off turnovers for the Sharks.
The Beavers will continue the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 26 against Palm Beach Atlantic Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. (central).
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).