November 20, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State265985
Mount Mercy, IA303767
Stats at a GlanceBSUWMMUWBB
FG Percentage.508 (32-63) .490 (24-49)
3P FG Percentage.360 (9-25) .357 (5-14)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .667 (14-21)
Offensive Rebounds1410
Defensive Rebounds2020
Total Rebounds3430
Turnovers1621
Steals1210
Bench Points1122
LeadersBSUWMMUWBB
PointsLee - 32
Frost - 23
ReboundsRash - 7
Frost - 6
Johnson - 6
AssistsThompson - 12
Zeitler - 4
Johnson - 4
StealsAlthoff - 3
Rash - 3
Reichert - 3
Herdliska - 3
BlocksWarmack - 2
Lee's career-high 32 points guides Beavers to 85-67 victory and 4-0 start
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lee's career-high 32 points guides Beavers to 85-67 victory and 4-0 start

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Hennessey Rec Center) – Junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) went 8-for-15 from 3-point land, en route to a career-high 32 points to guide the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team to a 85-67 victory at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Falls, Iowa Tuesday. The win hands the Beavers a 4-0 start to the 2012-13 season, marking the first 4-0 start since the 1974-75 squad opened its season 13-0. Only three teams in program history have started 4-0 or better, prior to this season.

Lee’s career-highs in 3-pointers made (8) and 3-pointers attempted (15) each fell one short of the program record. Her 32 points ties for seventh on Bemidji State’s top game scoring list with Heidi Matzke, who scored 32 points at University of Minnesota, Crookston, Feb. 10, 2008. It is the first 30-point game for a BSU student-athlete since Taylor Davis posted 31 points at St. Cloud State Jan. 9, 2010. Lee went 11-for-19 (57.9%) from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to establish career-bests in field goals made and attempted. 

In addition to Lee’s career night, junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored 12 points and tallied a team-high seven rebounds with three steals. Freshman Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.) made her first-collegiate start and posted seven assists, while senior guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) came off the bench to establish a new career-high in assists with 12. Junior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) scored nine points, brought in six rebounds and posted two blocks on 3-for-5 shooting from the field.

As a team, the Beavers got off to slow start and trailed at halftime 30-26 after shooting 35.5 percent from the field and making just two 3-pointers. Lee had eight points at the break. In the second half, BSU shot 65.6 percent from the field and went 7-for-12 (58.3%) from 3-point land to outscore the Mustangs 59-37 in the second frame. BSU dished out 25 assists and forced 21 turnovers.

A Lee 3-pointer about four minutes into the game handed BSU a 10-4 lead, but the Mustangs battled back to take their first lead of the contest at 20-19 with 6:14 remaining in the first half. After trading buckets, MMU went on to own a lead as large six before settling with the 30-26 halftime advantage.

The home team maintained the lead and eventually opened up a 10-point advantage at 43-33 6:16 into the second frame. A Mustang jumper with 11:44 remaining gave them a 47-37 lead, but it would be all Bemidji State the rest of the way. A pair of free throws from Warmack started a 19-7 run by the Beavers that wiped 4:20 off the game clock and handed BSU a 56-54 lead. The shot that gave the Beavers the lead back was, no surprise, a Lee 3-pointer from Thompson. During the stretch, four different players scored and Lee knocked down three of her eight 3-pointers.

The two-point Beaver lead went to seven on a jumper from Lee with 5:28 left, but the Mustangs battled back within three at 64-61 with 4:20 showing on the game clock. Lee hit on her seventh 3-pointer to give the team a 67-61 lead that quickly went to 15 at 76-61, which was capped by two Thompson free throws, and put the game out of reach for Mount Mercy. BSU owned a 21 point lead before settling with the 85-67 victory. 

The Beavers begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Dec. 1 at home against University of Minnesota, Crookston at 2 p.m.  

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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).

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