|November 02, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LAKEHEAD||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.370 (27-73)||.432 (32-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (10-30)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.647 (11-17)||.476 (10-21)|
TEAM - 8
Rachael Bland - 5
Ayse Kalkan - 2
Kelsey Bardsley - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's basketball team defeated Lakehead University (Ontario) 79-75 Friday night in the regular season and home opener for the Beavers in 2012-13. The Beavers were guided by newcomer Lanae Rash (Jr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.), who scored a game-high 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
BSU had a comfortable lead throughout the first half, but poor shooting from the charity stripe and a barrage of 3-pointers from the Thunderwolves allowed Lakehead to narrow the game within single digits. BSU shot 43 percent in the game while the Thunderwolves managed 37 percent from the field. The Beavers could only muster 48 percent from the charity line while the Thunderwolves led their comeback from the arc, shooting 37 percent in the second half. Junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) posted 16 points on 55 percent from 3-point range and pulled in six rebounds. Iowa State transfer Melissa Youngblut (So., G/F, Davenport, Iowa) tallied10 points with five boards in 21 minutes.
The Beavers jumped to a large 16-4 lead in the first five minutes to open the contest, before the Thunderwolves managed to find a rhythm in the game and make a more competitive match. With five minutes left in the first half, Lakehead found a way to chip a way into BSU’s lead with two long three pointers by guard Kelsey Bardsley. With the sound of the buzzer, the Beavers entered the locker room with a 49-40 lead.
Rash led all scorers at the half with 12 points and tallied four takeaways while senior center Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.) contributed nine points on 4-for-4 shooting and pulled in four rebounds. Erica Trabing (R-Fr., G, Prior Lake, Minn.), returning from an injury from last season, picked up four points in eight minutes for the Beavers.
Lakehead shot 38 percent on 14-of-37 from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers in the first half. BSU countered the Thunderwolves with 46 percent from the field and picked up eight points from the free throw line.
The Thunderwolves opened up the second half with more energy and out-played BSU in a 14-7 run within the first seven minutes to cut the lead to within three. The next nine minutes the teams would trade points with neither team gaining a large advantage, but a long three pointer by Bardsley at the four minute mark gave the Wolves their first lead of the game over BSU 73-72. The Thunderwolves’ lead would only reach three after a three pointer by Lee with 3:38 left in the game. BSU never looked back, going on a seven-point run and shutting out Lakehead to end the game with the Beavers on top, 79-75.
Bemidji State looks to complete their sweep of the Wolves Saturday at 7 p.m. with hopes to improve their record to 2-0.
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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).