|December 01, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMCWBB||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.361 (22-61)||.438 (28-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (6-20)||.167 (2-12)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (16-26)||.941 (16-17)|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team defeated the University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles Saturday in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener. The win improves the Beavers record to 5-0 overall (1-0 NSIC) while the Golden Eagles fall to 3-2 overall (0-1 NSIC).
BSU was lead by junior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, N.D.) who scored 15 points and tied a career high in rebounds with 13. Bemidji State as a team shot 43.8 percent from the field on 28-of-64 shooting. The Beavers managed to force 14 turnovers and held UMC to 36.1 percent from the field, 25.9 percent in the second half.
BSU and the Golden Eagles started the first half with a grueling defensive battle where neither team allowed the other to gain an advantage. Picking up four steals in the first half was senior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) that helped guide the Beavers defense, she also finished with 13 points on the afternoon. BSU capitalized on the Golden Eagles mistakes by picking up 12 points off of turnovers but the Beavers bench proved to be the difference maker outscoring Minnesota, Crookston 27-4. Bemidji State endured 11 lead changes or ties to end up on top heading into the locker room at the end of the half, 44-41. The Beavers shot 48.6 percent from the field on 17-of-35 shooting and 25 percent from long range. Minnesota, Crookston shot 44.1 percent on 15-of-34 from the field, while the Beavers defense swarmed UMC’s long range shooters and held them to 1-of-9 shooting. Bemidji State was lead by Thompson who totaled 11 points and picked up four assists. Warmack tallied nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and tallied six rebounds in the first half.
The second half would remain a defensive struggle from both teams and it would take the last minute to find a clear winner, as the Beaver bench and 14 UMC turnovers guided BSU to a 74-66 win. The second half remained close until the three minute mark where two free throws by Morgan Lee (Jr., G, Hayward, Wis.) built the Beavers lead to its highest point of eight. BSU never looked back and used its strong defensive effort to eliminate any Golden Eagle comeback. The Beavers finished the game with 20 points off of turnovers compared to the Golden Eagles’ 12 and BSU’s bench outscored their opponent 43-9. BSU also picked up 16 points (16-for-17) from the charity stripe on 94.1 percent shooting.
Four players for the Beavers had double-digit scoring including junior Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) who led the team with 16 points and Lanae Rash (Jr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.) who tallied 14 points and eight rebounds. UMC was led by senior Brittani Wiese, who had 16 points and six rebounds. She was accompanied by senior Laurie Tyson, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Beavers look to face conference opponents St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 7-8 in the team’s first road weekend. While Minnesota, Crookston travels to face the Bulldogs and Huskies the same weekend.
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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).