December 15, 20121st2ndFinal
Minot State292251
Bemidji State194463
Stats at a GlanceMINOT-WBSUW
FG Percentage.346 (18-52) .349 (22-63)
3P FG Percentage.200 (2-10) .321 (9-28)
FT Percentage.619 (13-21) .625 (10-16)
Offensive Rebounds1216
Defensive Rebounds2827
Total Rebounds4043
Turnovers2317
Steals913
Bench Points726
LeadersMINOT-WBSUW
PointsBoag - 17
Rash - 18
ReboundsBoag - 18
TEAM - 10
AssistsSansaver - 3
Reichert - 4
StealsMolina - 3
Boag - 3
Althoff - 3
Rash - 3
BlocksMolina - 1
Boag - 1
Warmack - 1
Rash - 1
Kaus - 1
Late second half surge by BSU tops Minot State in conference match up
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Late second half surge by BSU tops Minot State in conference match up

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team defeated Minot Stat University 63-51 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday. Bemidji State stopped their losing streak at three games and now improve to 6-3 overall (2-3 NSIC) while the opposing Beavers fall to 4-3 overall (2-3 NSIC). Bemidji State saw its leading scorer in guard Lanae Rash (Jr., Milwaukee, Wis.), who totaled 18 points and grabbed six rebounds while also tallying three steals.

Bemidji State and Minot State had similar shooting percentages in 34.9 percent (22-of-63) for BSU and 34.6 percent (18-of-52) for MSU, but BSU outshot their opponent in the second half 45.2 percent (14-of-31) to 27.3 percent (6-of-22). Bemidji State added 13 points from the free throw line out of 21 chances, while Minot State totaled 10 in 16 tries. Bemidji State only committed seven turnovers in the second half for a total of 17 in the game compared to the opposing Beavers 23 giveaways.

The first half started slow once again for BSU as it took three minutes for a team to find the bottom of the net, but a layup by Minot State’s Carly Boag started the scoring and the home Beavers quickly responded with long 3-pointer by Rash. Bemidji State went the next two minutes struggling to find another bucket and quickly fell behind 6-3 before junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) nailed a jumper with 14 minutes remaining. BSU continued to struggle finding baskets and allowed the away Beavers to gain momentum with a 16-6 run spanning over seven minutes. With a comfortable 22-12 lead over Bemidji State, Minot State and BSU closed out the remaining first half with each trading baskets and MSU headed into the locker room with a 10 point 29-19 lead.

BSU shot only 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field and struggled from behind the arc shooting only 20 percent (3-of-15). Bemidji State committed 10 turnovers during the half and allowed Minot State to gain eight points from their mistakes. MSU used their leading scorer in Boag to lead their attack where she posted 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and also grabbed eight rebounds in 15 minutes. As a team Minot State shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the field and 40 percent (2-of-5) from long distance. Bemidji State used a balanced scoring attack in the first half with seven players scoring at least one basket. Shannon Thompson (Sr., G, Rosemount, Minn.) led BSU with four points and dished out two assists in 11 minutes. Rash also contributed three points and led the Beavers in rebounding with four during the half.

The second half quickly appeared that it would be in similar fashion as the first and Minot State strengthened their lead to 13 after a jumper by Molina Sacarra made it 35-22. That would be the last time the away Beavers would score and BSU took advantage of their opponents struggles. Bemidji State went the next two minutes on an 11-0 scoring run led by Thompson who knocked down three in-a-row from beyond the arc and cut Minot State’s lead to two with 14:13 showing on the scoreboard. Boag managed to draw a foul and knocked down 1-of-2 from the line to end Minot State’s scoring drought.

The next few minutes each team would trade baskets with Minot State’s largest lead being five at the media timeout with 9:56 remaining in the half. Bemidji State came out of the timeout with fresh legs and scored five straight points to tie the game at 41 at 8:52. Each team would trade baskets once again in the next few minutes but with 6:58 left in the half Bemidji State took its second lead of the game since three minutes into the first half, behind a pair of free throws by Rash to make it 45-44. With each team continuing to trade baskets Minot State saw a pair of free throws by Alisha Jones with 4:46 remaining to make it 49-47 in favor of BSU but that would be the last time they would see a field goal in the three minutes. BSU would go on a 10-0 run and took a comfortable lead at 59-47 with only 1:25 showing on the clock. The double-digit lead would prove too much for the opposing Beavers and Bemidji State completed the second half comeback with a 63-51 win when the final buzzer finally rang.

Behind Rash’s strong offensive attack, BSU’s next leading scorer would be Thompson who totaled 17 points while also knocking down three from beyond the arc. Junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) added nine points with all nine of her points coming from 3-point range. Coming off a double-double performance last night center Kate Warmack (Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) contributed four points while also pulling in eight rebounds and two steals.

Bemidji State won’t play its next opponent until they open the new-year on the road at Northern State University Jan. 4 and at Minnesota State University, Moorhead Jan. 5.

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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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