|December 08, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UMD|
|FG Percentage||.404 (21-52)||.368 (21-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.000 (0-8)||.500 (4-8)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (8-12)||.826 (19-23)|
Rash - 14
- 7||Alyssa Kerkhoff
Lee - 3
Rash - 3
- 5||Hannah Rutten
Katrina Newman - 3
Courtney Doucette - 3
- 2||Taylor Meyer
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team found themselves on the losing end for the second straight day after losing 65-50 to the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match Saturday. The loss now brings the Beavers record to 5-2 overall (1-2 NSIC) while the Bulldogs improve to 5-2 overall (2-1 NSIC). The Beavers were led by Lanae Rash (Jr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.) and Kate Warmack (Jr., C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) who each had 14 points on the night. Rash also picked up five steals while Warmack added seven rebounds to round out their nights statistically.
As a team, the Beavers outshot the Bulldogs 40.4 percent (21-of-52) to 36.8 percent (21-of-57), but weren’t able to knock down any from behind the arc. Turnovers again plagued the Beavers offensive having committed 20 in the game allowing UMD to gain 26 points off of the giveaways. The Beavers gave UMD too many second chance opportunities allowing them to grab 16 offensive rebounds and 10 second chance points.
The Beavers started the game looking to increase the energy and firepower that was lacking the night before when they faced St. Cloud State and came out of the tip-off with high defensive energy. After the first five minutes the Beavers looked to be locked in a battle with Minnesota Duluth with the score tied at 10-10. That’s when the BSU’s offensive struggles began and went the next 10 minutes unable to score a point. The Bulldogs took advantage of the Beavers troubles and scored 15 unanswered points. Bemidji State finally found the bottom of the net again at the four minute mark after a jumper by senior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.). Both teams traded baskets until the horn marked the end of the first half and the Bulldogs held a comfortable 32-19 lead.
BSU shot 33 percent from the field on 8-of-24 shooting and could only pick up three points from the free throw line in six chances. The Bemidji State scorers struggled in the first half and could only produce a high scorer with four points in Warmack and junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.). For the Bulldogs Katrina Newman picked up 12 of her 21 total points in the first half and added two assists.
The second half continued on the same pace the first ended with each team trading baskets until midway through the half when the Bulldogs stretched the lead to its highest point at 22 from a 3-pointer by Megan Lueck. However the Beavers were able gain a few baskets on their opponent and managed to reduce the lead to 15 after going on a 12-5 run in four minutes. Time would cut the Beavers chances at a comeback short and BSU fell to the Bulldogs 65-50.
The Beavers scorers finally found their rhythm in the second half with the teams leading scorers in Rash and Warmack scoring the majority of their points in the half. The next leading scorer for BSU was senior Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) who scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in 12 minutes.
Bemidji State closes out its December play at home against NSIC opponents University of Mary Dec. 14 and Minot State University Dec. 15 at 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).