|February 10, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSUWBB|
|FG Percentage||.481 (25-52)||.389 (28-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.409 (9-22)||.391 (9-23)|
|FT Percentage||.720 (18-25)||.667 (8-12)|
Wessling - 8
Thompson - 3
Eul - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. -The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell 77-73 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle with University of Minnesota, Crookston Friday at the BSU Gymnasium. Four players scored in double-figures for BSU, led by sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.).
The Beavers (8-14, 6-11 NSIC) had three good opportunities down the stretch to open a larger lead or take a lead, but the ball just wouldn’t fall and the Golden Eagles (10-14, 7-11 NSIC) were able to escape Bemidji with a win. Up two with 1:14 left to play, sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted Minn.) came out of a timeout and had an open look from the elbow to make it a two possession game, but the shot rattled out and the ball went the way of UMC.
On the ensuing possession, a 3-pointer by the Golden Eagles gave them a lead with 55 ticks left. BSU came down and was able to find a wide-open Lee on the wing, but her shot rattled out and the ball again was rebounded by UMC. Two free throws by the road team put the score at 74-71 with 34 seconds remaining. Junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) made it a one point affair with 28 seconds left on a determined drive to the bucket.
With no shot clock, the Beavers’ attempt to steal in the in bounds pass failed and the team was forced to foul. Already in the double bonus, UMC went to the line. A miss on the back end of the two free throws gave BSU the ball, down 75-73 with 25 seconds left. With time running down senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) got a decent look at a 3-pointer that hit the rim, went straight up into the air, came down, dramatically rolled around the rim, but fell out.
Sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) got her hands on the rebound, but so did UMC’s Megan Eul and the officials called for a jump ball. The possession arrow pointed towards the Golden Eagles and all but put the game away. A deep pass kept the Beavers from fouling and a lay-up on the other end put the score at 77-73 as time expired.
BSU was able to open a halftime lead of 41-35, thanks to an 8-0 run midway through the first half that handed it a 25-17 lead. The advantage got down to one with 7:29 remaining in the first 20 minutes of play, but BSU outscored UMC 12-7 to close the frame. Lee had 14 points for a BSU team that shot 45.5 percent from the field in the half.
Ultimately the game was lost by BSU in the first five minutes of the second. The Beavers came out flat and the Golden Eagles posted a 6-0 run that knotted the game 41-41. The Beavers got their first points of the frame from Wessling almost two minutes in, but UMC continued to roll to a 9-2 run - its first lead of the game since the 13:38 mark of the first half - and was winning 44-43 with 17:10 remaining. The Golden Eagles found a lead as large as eight with 13:06 left, before BSU regained the advantage at 59-57 with 7:27 showing on the game clock. The contest went back and forth from that point on, leading up to the late game drama.
The contest was tied 10 different times and the lead changed on 12 occasions. BSU ended the game shooting 38.9 percent from the field, while UMC posted a 48.1 percentage. The Beavers dished out 21 assists, the most since the first two games of the season. BSU won the rebounding battle 43-33, including 15 offensive boards that led to an 11-0 advantage in second chance points.
Lee finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three assists. Thompson closed the game with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists with three steals. Baldwin had 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Wessling had 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting, adding eight rebounds in 20 bench minutes. Warmack ran into foul trouble early, giving Wessling and sophomore Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) significant minutes. Kaus finished with season-highs in points (9) and rebounds (8), shooting 4-for-9 (44.4%) from the field and playing in 19 minutes. Warmack closed the contest with eight points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.
The Beavers host Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday at 4 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).