|November 09, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MAYVILLE||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.403 (27-67)||.422 (35-83)|
|3P FG Percentage||.310 (13-42)||.320 (8-25)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.500 (7-14)|
Tauer - 2
Amann - 2
Thompson - 4
Thompson - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State women's basketball team defeated nonconference opponent Mayville State University 85-77 Friday night. The Beavers now improve to 3-0 on the season while the Comets fall to 5-2. The Beavers were led by guard Lanae Rash (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.) who posted her first career double-double at BSU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. BSU wraps up its nonconference play at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Nov. 20.
After a 19 point lead at halftime, Bemidji State looked to cruise past their nonconference opponent in the same fashion as last year’s 100-51 outing. However the Comets came out in the second half with new energy and closed the Beavers lead to 10 with five minutes remaining. Mayville State fell short of its comeback when BSU was able to convert at the free throw line going 4-of-6 in the last two minutes and the Beavers remained undefeated in nonconference play with a 85-77 win. Behind Rash’s 18 points, juniors Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) and Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) totaled 14 points each. The Beavers shot 42 percent on the night and knocked down eight 3-pointers. The Beavers defense forced 28 turnovers while picking up 16 steals and held the Comets shooters to 40 percent from the field.
The Beavers and the Comets started the game competitive with both teams trading baskets and neither team able to find an advantage. Bemidji State managed to break out of the defensive battle at the five minute mark after a 21-8 run midway through the first half. After the strong start by the Beavers, they continued their stellar play and finished the first half with a season high 51 points and held the Comets to 32 from strong defensive play. With the defensive effort the Beavers held their opponent to 31 percent shooting in the first half and forced 16 turnovers compared to BSU’s six. The competitive defensive effort continued in the back court limiting Mayville State to 2-of-21 three point shooting. Rash scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting and pulled in seven boards. Lee tallied two from behind the arc in the half and Althoff recorded six points.
The second half proved to be a different story for the Beavers. After the intermission the Comets played with new energy and passion. It wasn’t until the scoreboard showed 10 minutes left in the game that the Comets began their comeback. Behind a long distance shooting attack Mayville State went on a 23-8 run in nine minutes and closed the Beavers lead to six points, 83-77. However six would be closest the Comets would get on the night after Shannon Thompson (Sr., G, Rosemont, Minn.) closed out the scoring on two from the charity line and helped guide the Beavers to a 85-77 win.
Bemidji State travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Nov. 20 to wrap up its nonconference schedule against Mount Mercy at 5:30 p.m. BSU begins its conference schedule Dec. 1 vs. the University of Minnesota, Crookston at 2:00 p.m. from the BSU Gymnasium.
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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).