December 17, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State473077
Stats at a GlanceMARYBSUWBB
FG Percentage.426 (29-68) .411 (23-56)
3P FG Percentage.370 (10-27) .300 (6-20)
FT Percentage.813 (13-16) .862 (25-29)
Offensive Rebounds138
Defensive Rebounds2724
Total Rebounds4032
Bench Points2812
PointsSchmidt - 20
Warmack - 21
ReboundsHaag - 9
Knife - 9
Wessling - 9
AssistsKnife - 5
Baldwin - 6
StealsCollins - 2
Baldwin - 1
Corrick - 1
BlocksKnife - 4
Warmack - 3
Beavers struggle in second half as they fall 81-77 to U-Mary
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Beavers struggle in second half as they fall 81-77 to U-Mary
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell 81-77 to University of Mary despite going into half time with a 10 point lead on the Marauders. The Beavers led by as many as 16 points in the game with a 39-23 lead with 6:32 remaining in the first period. BSU falls to 5-5 (3-3 NSIC) on the season. U-Mary improves to 7-3 (4-2 NSIC).

The Beavers controlled the game in the first half outshooting their foes 58.6 (17-of-29) percent to 40 (12-of-30) percent. Kate Warmack (So., C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) led the Beavers in the first half with 15 points and four rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Ellie Wessling (So., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) chipped in 10 points including shooting 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the opening period.

Bemidji State seemed to come out flat after the break as U-Mary was able to close Bemidji State’s 10-point half-time lead to three points (51-48) with 15:37 remaining in the second half. BSU quickly responded widening their lead to 62-50 with 12:46 left in the second half. Bemidji State run was led by back-to-back three pointers from Morgan Lee (So., G, Hayward, Wis.) and Shannon Thompson (Jr., G, Rosemount, Minn.).

However, the Beavers fell back in a funk as U-Mary outscored Bemidji State 25-13 over the next six minutes as they tied BSU 75-75 off a Mia Gilreath trey from downtown at the 5:06 mark. Kaitlyn Haag connected on a layup to give the Marauders a 77-75 advantage with 4:17 remaining but Thompson was able to hit two from the free-throw line for BSU to tie the game 77-77 with 1:45 remaining.

Haag again connected on a layup and the Marauders would not look back as BSU was unable to hit on attempts from Wessling and Emily Kaus (R-So., C, Eagan, Minn.). Kayla Schmidt’s free throws with six seconds remaining iced the victory for U-Mary 81-77.

Desite their strong first half, BSU was outshot on the game 42.6 percent (29-of-68) to 41.1 percent (23-of-56). U-Mary was led by Kayla Schmidt’s 20 points including 14 in the second half. Schmidt was 6-of-15 from the field with all of her field goals coming beyond the arc. The Marauders hit 10 three-pointers as a team. Laura Peterson chipped in 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Ali Collins had 12 points.

The Beavers were paced by Warmack’s 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. The sophomore added five boards. Samantha Baldwin (Sr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) ended with an impressive stat line of 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Lee also added 13 points while Wessling finished with a near double-double of 10 points and nine boards. Thompson added eight points and five assists. Bemidji State was outrebounded 40-to-32 on the evening.

BSU falls to 2-9 all-time against University of Mary with its last win coming Jan. 16, 2010.

The Beavers will get a day off before jumping back into competition on Monday as they head to Grand Forks, N.D. to face Division I foe University of North Dakota at 7 p.m. at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The game will mark BSU’s third game in four days.