|November 26, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Palm Beach Atlantic||33||40||73|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUWBB||PBAW|
|FG Percentage||.294 (15-51)||.391 (25-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.355 (11-31)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (21-28)||.706 (12-17)|
Borstner - 3
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team went cold in the Sunshine State as it fell to Palm Beach Atlantic University 73-57 Saturday to close the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic 0-2. The Beavers (2-2) shot just 29.4 percent from the field and hurt itself by committing 20 turnovers that turned into 34 points off turnovers for the Sailfish.
BSU started the game better than it had the day before as it led the Sailfish 9-5 eight minutes into the contest, but went cold over the next four minutes as PBA rattled off 13 unanswered to own an 18-9 lead. A bucket from sophomore guard Melissa Borstner (East Bethel, Minn.) ended the run and a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) put the Beavers back in the game as they trailed 18-14 with 8:29 left in the half.
Unfortunately for BSU the tides would turn back to the Sailfish as they posted a 13-2 run to take a 31-16 lead with just 3:12 showing on the game clock. Beaver upperclassmen leadership made sure the game didn’t get too out of hand as senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) and junior Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) guided BSU to an 11-2 run to close the half down just six at 33-27. Baldwin made four straight points for the Beavers then Thompson took care of the rest, knocking down two crucial bombs from downtown with 39 and six seconds left on the clock.
The Beavers had their third straight half shooting less than 35 percent as it posted a 31 percent clip from the field in the half. BSU also had troubles finding the handle as it turned the ball over nine times, while creating just four takeaways. PBA shot 38 percent from the field, making five 3-pointers to the Beavers’ four. Thompson led BSU in points at the half with 10.
Lee converted on two free throws to open the second half scoring and put BSU down four at 33-29, but that would be as close as the Beavers would get to taking a lead as the Sailfish opened up a 14 point lead at 45-31 with 12:24 remaining in the half. A 5-0 run by BSU put it down 45-36 with 11:56 left. The teams would then trade buckets during the next six minutes before PBA went on an 8-0 run from the 6:20 to the 3:51 mark to take a 67-50 lead, en route to the 16 point victory.
Lee scored 12 points in the second half to finish the game as BSU’s leader in the category with 17. Thompson finished with 11 points, while sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) closed the game with eight points and 11 rebounds that tied her career-high and marked her second game this season with double-digit rebounds. PBA posted a 39.1 percent clip from the field, but made 11 3-pointers, while BSU finished with six.
The Beavers now turn their attention to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season Dec. 2-3 with road tests at Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3.at 4 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).