|February 11, 2012||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||3OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUMWBB||BSUWBB|
|FG Percentage||.423 (30-71)||.421 (32-76)|
|3P FG Percentage||.429 (12-28)||.393 (11-28)|
|FT Percentage||.793 (23-29)||.783 (18-23)|
Wessling - 3
Brittany Mayclin - 1
Marisa Yernatich - 1
Warmack - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn - It took three overtime sessions to decide the outcome of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle between Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday, as the Dragons came away with a 95-93 victory at BSU Gymnasium. The BSU women’s basketball team had five players score in double-figures in the program’s first-ever triple overtime contest, guided by a career-night from sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Wis.).
Wessling tied her career-high in points with 21, shooting 9-for-17 (52.9%) from the field to record career-highs in field goals made and attempted. She also added six rebounds, three assists and three steals in a career-high 43 minutes of play. Junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) scored seven of her 16 points from the charity stripe, going 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the line. Both senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) and sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) each posted 13 points before fouling out. Baldwin took a seat in regulation, while Lee was whistled for her fifth foul in the first minute of the first overtime.
Sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) was in foul trouble early and played in 28 minutes, but had 12 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Jessi Corrick (Grand Rapids, Minn.) tied a season-high with nine points in 28 minutes. Sophomore Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) saw significant playing time for the second consecutive game with Warmack in foul trouble. She contributed seven points, six rebounds and tied for the team-best with three assists in 26 minutes of action.
The Beavers (8-15, 6-12 NSIC) came out with a purpose against the Dragons (13-9, 10-8 NSIC) and opened an early 12-4 lead 3:22 into the conference contest. Four different BSU starters scored in the early run, guided by Warmack. MSUM came back with a 5-0 run to cut the BSU lead to three, but six minutes later the home team’s lead was 11 after a 12-4 run that saw five points from both Baldwin and Wessling.
The BSU lead sat around double-figures until a lay-up by Lee handed the Beavers a 16 point advantage at 35-19 with 3:15 remaining in the first half. The Dragons were able to get the deficit to 11 at half, as BSU led 37-26 heading into the locker room.
The Beavers were able to turn the Dragons over seven times, while committing a season-best one turnover in the first 20 minutes of play. That stat led to BSU owning a 10-0 advantage in points off turnovers. Wessling guided the Beavers in the half with 13 points and three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench. BSU also had nine assists in the frame.
BSU held a 10 point lead at 50-40 with 15:42 remaining in the second half, but a 15-4 Dragon run gave them their first lead of the contest at 55-54 with 10:14 remaining in the second half. The teams then traded blows all the way down to 22 seconds remaining with MSU Moorhead’s Angie Jetvig going 1-for-2 from the free throw line to give the Dragons a 76-74 lead. With time running down, Warmack found the ball in her hands from the lost post just outside the paint and was able to convert on a tough jump shot to knot the game 76-76 with five ticks remaining. MSUM raced down the floor to attempt a shot, but failed to do so before the buzzer and the game went into overtime.
A combined 20 points between the two teams were scored in the first two overtime sessions. Both times the Dragons tied the game in the final 30 seconds of the period and both times the Beavers had some clock to find a victory, but couldn’t find a basket. The more heartbreaking shot by MSUM came in second overtime, after Thompson knocked down a 3-pointer from atop the key to put BSU up 86-83 with 33 seconds left, the Dragons responded with a 3-point basket that knotted the game with 17 seconds left, eventually sending it into the record third overtime.
Thompson struck again with a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the third OT. BSU was up three at 91-88 with 2:42 remaining in the five minute third overtime, but five straight points from MSUM had the Beavers trailing 93-91 with 46 seconds left. Freshman Tatum Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) - who played 10 of the 15 overtime minutes - knotted the game 93-93 with two free throws after getting fouled with 28 seconds remaining. This time the Dragons had the last shot opportunity and was able to convert on a running jumper that banked off the glass and fell through the cylinder for the go-ahead bucket with eight seconds remaining. Thompson was able to race down the floor and get a shot off at about the free throw line, but it fell short as the buzzer sounded and the marathon game was over.
The Beavers played disciplined basketball and only turned the ball over a season-best seven times in the 55 minutes of play. They forced 12 turnovers and won the points off turnovers battle 15-5. Forty-four fouls were called in the game and 52 total free throws were attempted by the teams. The Dragons went 23-for-29 (79.3%) from the line while BSU was 18-for-23 (78.3%) from the charity stripe. BSU shot 46.8 percent in regulation, but only 21.4 percent in the extra time and finished with a 42.1 percentage. In all BSU was 11-for-28 from beyond the arc for a 39.3 percent clip.
The Beavers now take a three-game losing skid into their final road weekend of the season at Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 17-18.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).