|December 02, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Minnesota State Moorhead||30||38||68|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUWBB||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.448 (26-58)||.369 (24-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (7-21)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.842 (16-19)||.684 (13-19)|
- 19||Megan Strese
- 7||Megan Strese
Baldwin - 3
Thompson - 3
Baldwin - 1
Thompson - 1
Wessling - 1
- 2||Angie Jetvig
Megan Strese - 1
Kaycee Charette - 1
Taylor Shepard - 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. – After winning just one Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game on the road a season ago, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team hit the pavement Friday and opened league play with a 75-68 victory at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers got a complete team performance, limiting their turnovers and hitting on 11-of-11 free throws in the final five minutes of the game.
The defense for BSU was stellar, creating 18 turnovers. The D was guided by the performance of 5-foot-7 senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.), as she was assigned to 2010-11 All-NSIC First Team forward Angie Jetvig, who was averaging 20.0 points per game this year, and held her to 12 points, while outrebounding the 6-foot-2 Dragon in the game 7-5. Despite losing the offensive rebounding battle 17-4 and allowing seven extra shots, BSU held the Dragons to a 36.9 shooting percentage (24-for-65), including a 30.4 percentage from beyond the arc (7-of-23).
The Beavers got four points from sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and a 3-pointer from junior Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) to open the game with a 7-2 lead 2:01 into the NSIC opener. The Dragons came back and found a lead at 14-10 with 13:58 remaining in the half. The Beavers then took some momentum and went on a 7-3 run to knot the game 17-17 at the halfway point of the first.
MSU Moorhead came out of the media timeout break scoring five straight points and was able to maintain a small lead until the Beavers posted a 6-0 run and with the addition of tenacious defense took a 28-27 lead with off a sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted Minn.) drive and lay-up with 1:43 showing on the clock.
The two teams played tight to the halftime buzzer and were equal on the scoreboard at 30-30. Sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) guided the Beavers in the first half with 12 points, producing from beyond the arc (2-for-4), while making quick moves and getting to the bucket to go 5-for-10 in the half. BSU came out of the locker room with some fire and opened a six point lead at 40-34 with eight points from Warmack and a couple free throws from Baldwin. The Dragons came charging back with a 5-0 run to trail by one, forcing a timeout from BSU head coach Mike Curfman with 13:46 showing on the clock.
The Beavers stalled out at 40 for 5:37 of game time before Warmack hit a jumper from the baseline, allowing the home team to own a 45-42 with 10:57 remaining in the second half. A sophomore Chelsea Carlson (Grand Forks, N.D.) 3-pointer from the wing handed BSU its first lead since early in the half, giving the road team a 47-45 lead with under nine to play.
The game became a battle who can stay hot from beyond the arc as the team’s traded 3-pointers to a 56-52 lead for BSU with under six minutes to play, getting two bombs from Baldwin. BSU stretched the lead to five at 60-55, then an old-fashioned 3-point play from Warmack with 3:02 left in regulation handing the Beavers a 63-55 advantage.
After a transition jumper by Carlson with MSUM pressing the inbound pass, the Dragons knocked down a quick three and the game was a four point difference at 67-63 with 1:50 left on the clock.
At 69-65 the Dragons forced a turnover and got the ball with a chance to cut the game to a one possession contest, but a failed field goal attempted and rebound in favor of the Beavers handed the ball back to the road team looking to survive the pressure with 1:16 remaining. It came down to hitting free throws down the stretch and the Beavers did so to secure the victory.
After committing a total of 48 turnovers last weekend at the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic, the Beavers turned the ball over just 11 times. BSU shot 44.8 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 (84.2%) free throws in the game. Lee led BSU with 19 points, she was followed closely behind by Warmack’s 18 points and Thompson’s 17 points (6-for-6 from the charity stripe). Baldwin finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes of play.
The Beavers head to University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3 for a 4 p.m. contest.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).