|November 01, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UND|
|FG Percentage||.450 (27-60)||.460 (29-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.538 (7-13)||.667 (4-6)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (6-12)||.538 (14-26)|
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team traveled to Grand Forks, N.D. and fell 76-67 in an exhibition game against NCAA Division I University of North Dakota Thursday. Newcomer Lanae Rash (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) guided the Beavers in her debut with the green and white with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.
BSU battled with North Dakota for 30 strong minutes, but a lapse mid-way through the second half handed the Beavers a deficit they couldn’t recover from. BSU shot 45 percent in the game, while UND shot 46 percent from the field. BSU went 7-for-13 from beyond the arc. Junior forward Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn.) posted 14 points and junior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) posted 10 points and six rebounds in her hometown’s backyard.
The Beavers trailed 6-0 to open the contest, but scored four straight to cut the early deficit to two at 6-4. The teams then traded baskets and the scoreboard read 11-8 with 11:28 remaining in the first half. Down 16-10 Althoff knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing and two possessions later hit a jumper and the Beavers trailed 18-15 with just under nine left in the first frame.
A 6-2 Bemidji State run handed the road team its first lead of the game at 21-20 and forced a UND timeout with 4:57 showing on the game clock. BSU led 25-23 with 3:39 left in the first half, but a 10-5 run by North Dakota to close the half gave it a 33-30 lead heading into the locker room.
Rash, a transfer from Rainy River Community College guided the Beavers in the first half with 11 points, while senior guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) totaled four steals. Althoff – returning from injury that kept her out of last season – totaled five points.
North Dakota went to the line 18 times, but fortunately for the Beavers, only hit on nine from the charity stripe. BSU shot 42.3 percent to UND’s 32.4 percent in the first half.
UND hit a 3-pointer to open the second half and stretched a 41-35 lead 2:30 into the frame. A 3-0 run by BSU cut the deficit to three, but an old fashioned three point play by North Dakota started a 5-0 run until junior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) hit on her first 3-pointer of the game to make the score 46-41 with under 14 to play.
The North Dakota lead hit nine at 50-41 a fourth of the way through the half, but the Beavers battled back to trail 52-46 with 10:15 showing on the game clock. BSU then went cold and North Dakota rattled off six straight points to own its largest lead of the game at 58-46.
A Rash 3-pointer broke the UND run and gave her 20 points in the game with 7:40 left and the Beavers trailed 58-49. BSU then forced back-to-back North Dakota turnovers and cashed in four points to get within five at 58-53 to force a UND timeout.
The timeout helped North Dakota regroup, as the home team went on an 13-3 run to retake the double-digit lead at 71-56 with under three minutes left. The Beavers put on a late charge and got within a three possession game after Althoff hit a 3-pointer to move the score to 71-64 with just over a minute remaining, but the deficit was too large and the Beavers fell by nine.
The Beavers officially begin the 2012-13 season Friday and continue it Saturday with 7 p.m. contests each night against Lakehead University (Ontario).
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).