January 07, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State224769
Augustana (SD)444791
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBAUGIE
FG Percentage.452 (28-62) .507 (35-69)
3P FG Percentage.474 (9-19) .346 (9-26)
FT Percentage.667 (4-6) .706 (12-17)
Offensive Rebounds144
Defensive Rebounds3322
Total Rebounds4726
Bench Points1734
PointsBaldwin - 15
Feeney - 17
Nelson - 17
ReboundsWarmack - 8
Feeney - 6
AssistsThompson - 4
Ashley - 11
StealsThompson - 4
Schulte - 6
BlocksKaus - 1
Feeney - 1
Whitney - 1
Koehn - 1
Beavers falter in first half of 91-69 loss to Augustana
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Beavers falter in first half of 91-69 loss to Augustana
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 7:51 scoring drought mid-way through the first half doomed the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team in a 91-69 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss at Augustana College Saturday. The Beavers have now lost five straight and hold a 5-8 overall and 3-5 NSIC record.

The Beavers were able to hang with the Vikings (10-3, 7-2 NSIC), who are receiving votes in the national poll, for the first 6:30 minutes of the first half, as the road team owned a 10-9 lead. Then everything went wrong for Bemidji State. Over the next 7:51 of game time the Beavers almost committed more turnovers (eight) than shot attempts (nine), as the Vikings rattled off a 19-0 run to give them a 28-10 advantage.

After a BSU 30 second timeout with 5:47 remaining in the first half, junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) finally turned the stagnant Beaver score from 10 to 12 with a lay-up. The bucket stopped the bleeding and started a mini-run for BSU, as the Beavers cut the deficit to 13 with 3:16 to play at 33-20 on back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.).

But again BSU hit a pocket of struggling from the field and turning the ball over, while the home team continued to pour it on as it owned a 44-22 halftime lead. The Beavers, who had been averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, had 20 giveaways in the half. Augie shot 50.0 in the first and hit on 6-of-15 from downtown. Lee guided BSU in the frame with eight points.

The Beavers couldn’t muster a comeback in the second half, getting down as much as 38 with 6:56 remaining in regulation before finishing the contest on a 29-13 run to close the gap to 22 when the final buzzer sounded. BSU shot 45.2 percent from the field, while Augie was 50.7 percent from the field. The Beavers finished with 33 turnovers to Augustana’s 11.

Four BSU players closed the game in double figures with senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) leading the Beavers with 15 points. Lee finished with 13 points, Thompson had 12 and seven rebounds and sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) posted 10 points and eight rebounds.       

The Beavers have a tough task to break the skid as they travel to No. 8 Wayne State College Sunday for a 2 p.m. tilt.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).