December 09, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State323769
Winona State392362
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBWSU-W
FG Percentage.500 (26-52) .354 (23-65)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .333 (8-24)
FT Percentage.750 (9-12) 1.000 (8-8)
Offensive Rebounds812
Defensive Rebounds3021
Total Rebounds3833
Bench Points1415
PointsLee - 20
Beth Alberson - 22
ReboundsWarmack - 12
Michelle McDonald - 9
AssistsBaldwin - 5
Katie Wolff - 8
StealsLee - 1
Baldwin - 1
Corrick - 1
Lizzi Naumann - 2
Tessa Wells - 2
Michelle McDonald - 2
BlocksWarmack - 1
Lee - 1
Abby Busch - 1
Beavers post 69-62 victory at Winona State
Friday, December 9, 2011
Beavers post 69-62 victory at Winona State

WINONA, Minn. – Despite being down 17 early, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team clawed its way back for a 69-62 victory at Winona State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Friday. The Beavers erased the deficit behind sophomore  Morgan Lee’s (G, Hayward, Wis.) 20 points and sophomore Kate Warmack’s (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) 13 points and 12 rebounds, while holding the Warrior offense to a dismal 9.1 percent from the floor in the second half.

“I give the team a lot of credit for playing with a lot of resolve,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “In the second half we played extremely well on the defensive end and knocked down some big shots. The big spark for us was Ellie Wessling and the bench play. The players came in and really gave us a good energy and when the starters came back in they built off that. It was a great team effort.”  

Winona State was 6-1 entering the game and was receiving votes in the latest national poll, shooting 48.7 percent from the field and averaging 71.7 points per game before the run in with the Beavers. BSU (4-3, 2-1 NSIC) improves to 2-1 on the road in NSIC games this season after posting a 1-10 record in league games a season ago.

Lee’s 20 points was her second-career game with 20 or more points, setting a career-high Nov. 19 against Mayville State with 22. Warmack continues to be force on both ends of the floor as she posted her second double-double of the season. Lee was 4-for-8 (50%) from 3-point land and Warmack shot 85.7 percent (6-for-7) from the field. Also in double-figures for the Beavers were junior Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) and sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted Minn.). Thompson had 12 points and five rebounds, getting eight points from the charity stripe (8-of-10). Wessling provided the spark off the bench, playing in 24 minutes and posting 11 points.

The Beavers shot a season-high 50 percent from the field, while holding the Warriors to a 35.4 percentage. WSU hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, but finished with just eight in the game, while BSU hit three from beyond the arc in the first half and closed the game with eight. The win was the first of the season when the Beavers trailed at halftime. BSU outrebounded the Warriors 38-33 and are 3-1 when doing so this season.

Down 30-13 with 7:26 remaining in the first half, the Beavers were able to go on a 19-9 run to cut the deficit to seven at the half at 39-32. Warmack had 10 points and five rebounds at the break, as BSU shot 43.3 percent in the frame. The Warriors were guided by seven 3-pointers in the early run and shot 46.9 percent in the half.

The Beavers picked-up right where they left off in the first half as they posted a 16-9 run to knot the game at 48-48 with 12:14 remaining in the second half. BSU got seven points from Lee in the run that was capped by a freshman Jessi Corrick (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) 3-pointer.

BSU earned its first lead of the game with 8:06 remaining in regulation off a Lee 3-pointer. The game then became a back-and-forth affair to a tie game at 58-58 with 5:10 showing on the clock. On the next Beaver possession Lee hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to hand the road team a 61-58 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game.

Two good free throws from Thompson gave BSU a 65-60 lead with 3:06 left, followed by 2:11 of no scoring by either team. With 55 ticks left on the clock the Warriors made it a one possession game, but they fouled Thompson on the defensive end with 46 seconds left and the 81.0 percent free throw shooter knocked down both the freebies and the lead was back to two possessions.

A missed shot on the other end forced WSU to play the foul game with 35 seconds left. Warmack missed the back end of her two shots, but it turned out to be just icing on the cake as the Warriors missed again on the offensive end and the Beavers were able to hold on for the victory.  

The Beavers conclude their season-long four-game NSIC road trip Dec. 10 at Upper Iowa University at 6 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).