|November 03, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LAKEHEAD||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.361 (22-61)||.400 (30-75)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (6-27)||.250 (6-24)|
|FT Percentage||.680 (17-25)||.765 (13-17)|
Carolyn Fragale - 14
Carolyn Fragale - 3
Ayse Kalkan - 1
Winta Desta - 1
Kelsey Bardsley - 1
Carolyn Fragale - 1
Katelyn Zen - 1
Katie Ulakovic - 1
Rachael Bland - 1
Thompson - 3
Lee - 3
Kelsey Bardsley - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women's basketball team defeated Lakehead University (Ontario) Saturday night to complete the two-game sweep on the weekend. BSU was led by junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) who posted 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and knocked down three from behind the arc. The Beavers now improve to 2-0 in nonconference play and look to host Mayville State University Nov. 9.
Bemidji State opened the game with a 13-4 run within the first six minutes and never looked back, never falling behind to the Thunderwolves. With a better defensive effort from the night before, the Beavers managed hold the Thunderwolves to 36 percent shooting and 22 percent from the 3-point line. With a game-high 18 points, Lee stole the show in the second half gaining 14 of her points in the frame. She also added three steals on the night to go along with four rebounds. Junior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, N.D.) tallied her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes. Junior Lanae Rash (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) added 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting before fouling out with only playing 19 minutes compared to her previous game of 34 minutes. The Beavers as a team shot 40 percent from the field and a much- improved 77 percent from the line and managed to force 23 turnovers, 15 of which came in the first half.
After a 13-4 run to open the first half, BSU continued their dominance over Lakehead by increasing its lead to 25-15 at the 10 minute mark off of a long 3-pointer by junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.). The Thunderwolves managed to chip away at the double-digit lead of the Beavers, but the closest they would come would be within six with five minutes left in the first half. However, Bemidji State shut down any chance of a comeback by going on a 12-2 run to close out the first half and the Beavers entered the locker room with a 42-25 lead.
Bemidji State came out of halftime looking to continue their streak from earlier and scored 10 out of 15 points within the first five minutes of the half and built its largest lead of the game of 22 points. The Thunderwolves could never catch up from then on and could only manage a 10-point deficit before a jumper by Althoff with 30 seconds remaining closed out the scoring. The 79-67 victory marks the second game in a row the Beavers managed to put 79 points on the scoreboard after a 79-75 victory on Friday night.
Althoff ended the night with 12 points, four boards and tallied five points from the line on six attempts. While sophomore transfer Melissa Youngblut (G/F, Davenport, Iowa) recorded six points and six rebounds to go along with a three steal game in 16 minutes. The Beavers managed to hold the Thunderwolves 3-point attack, an attack that allowed Lakehead to narrow the margin of last night’s game to just four points, to only 22 percent from the arc on 6-of-27 shooting.
Bemidji State continues its nonconference schedule versus Mayville State Friday, Nov. 9 at the BSU Gymnasium. BSU begins its conference schedule Dec. 1 vs. Minnesota, Crookston after another nonconference opponent in Mount Mercy Nov. 20.
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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).