January 08, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State292049
Wayne State (Neb.)443074
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBWSCWBB
FG Percentage.283 (17-60) .500 (31-62)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .348 (8-23)
FT Percentage.563 (9-16) .444 (4-9)
Offensive Rebounds1712
Defensive Rebounds2328
Total Rebounds4040
Bench Points2023
PointsWessling - 16
Arlen - 26
ReboundsBaldwin - 8
Hansen - 10
AssistsWarmack - 1
Wessling - 1
McKee - 1
Thompson - 1
Corrick - 1
Lee - 1
Brown - 6
StealsWessling - 3
Arlen - 3
BlocksWarmack - 1
Epp - 2
No. 8 Wildcats overpower Beavers 74-49
Sunday, January 8, 2012
No. 8 Wildcats overpower Beavers 74-49

WAYNE, Neb. – The No. 8 Wayne State College Wildcats got out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back against the visiting Bemidji State University women’s basketball team Sunday, winning 74-49 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. The Beavers have fallen in six straight games and now own a 5-9 overall and 3-6 NSIC record.

The Wildcats (15-1, 9-1 NSIC) jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Beavers could get their first bucket on a junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) lay-up 3:47 into the game. A sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) 3-pointer on the next BSU possession made the score 9-5, but WSC countered with a 13-3 run to open a 14 point advantage with 11:55 showing on the clock.

The Wildcats kept pushing, while the Beavers couldn’t find a rhythm and the home team had a 37-14 lead with 6:29 remaining in the half. BSU then finally found some offense and the Wildcats cooled a bit, as the Beavers won the rest of the half 15-7 and trailed at the break 44-29.

BSU shot 37.9 percent from the field, while WSC was a hot 56.3 percent in the frame. Five of BSU’s 11 shots made came from beyond the arc, as the Beavers went 5-for-9 (55.6%) from downtown. Leading the Beavers in the points category was Thompson’s 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted Minn.) contributed 10 points off the bench, shooting 4-for-6 from the field and getting six points in the paint.

Thompson came out in the second half and knocked down a 3-pointer on BSU’s first possession to get the Beavers within 12, but Wayne State responded with a dagger from downtown a minute later to regain a 15 point lead. BSU got as close as 13 at 53-40 with 12:41 on four straight points from sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.), but again the Wildcats were there to stop any run by BSU and hit their next two shots from beyond the arc and held a 19 point advantage with 11:15 left in regulation. The Beavers couldn’t find a way to get back in the game and eventually fell by 25.

The Beavers finished the game shooting 28.3 percent from the field, while WSC shot 50.0. Thompson’s early half 3-pointer was the only bucket from downtown in the second frame and BSU ended the game with a 30.0 percentage from beyond the arc. Wessling led the Beavers with a season-high 16 points on 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting from the field. Thompson was the only other BSU player in double-figures, as she had 14 points, going 4-for-7 (57.1%) from 3-point range. WSC forward and NSIC Preseason Player of the Year Ashley Arlen had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats.

The Beavers now have a four straight games at home to try and break the losing skid, starting with St. Cloud State University Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

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