|January 04, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||NSU|
|FG Percentage||.321 (17-53)||.366 (15-41)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (4-13)||.091 (1-11)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.629 (22-35)|
Kaus - 2
Lee - 1
Krogman - 2
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team owned a 48-46 lead with five minutes remaining in regulation in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Friday at Northern State University, but failed to score more than two points for the remainder of the game and fell 53-50 to begin the 2013 calendar year.
Junior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) led all scorers with 17 points, as she went 6-for-14 (42.9%) from the field and 3-of-6 (50%) from downtown. Junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) added 11 points and six rebounds. Junior Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) posted a season-high 11 rebounds with eight points and two assists.
BSU (6-4; 2-4 NSIC, 2-4 NSIC North) shot just 32.1 percent from the field, which included a 29.6 percent clip in the second half. NSU (8-2; 4-2 NSIC, 4-2 NSIC North) shot 36.6 percent from the field in the game. BSU turned the ball over 16 times, which led to 18 Wolves points. BSU battled for 11 offensive rebounds and led the second chance points category 18-5. The score changed hands 10 times and was knotted up on four occasions.
Nearly five minutes into the contest BSU trailed 10-9, which quickly went to a 14-9 deficit after a Beaver scoring drought that lasted almost four minutes. Althoff ended the skid with a jumper and started a BSU 9-0 run that included four points from Lee. The streak handed the road team an 18-14 lead with 9:32 left in the first half.
The lead went to as large as nine at 28-19 with 4:40 showing on the game clock on a senior center Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.) lay-up. Unfortunately the Beavers followed that by not scoring for 3:34 of game time and held a slim 28-25 lead with 2:59 remaining in the first frame. Wessling converted on a free throw to extend the lead to 29-25 with 1:06 left and the Beavers went into the locker room with a slim 29-27 advantage.
The second half started with the Beavers owning a 35-29 lead two minutes in, but again failed to tickle the twine for a long drought. BSU couldn’t buy a bucket for 4:41 and saw a six point lead dip to a one point advantage at 38-37 with 13:12 remaining. A bucket from downtown from Lee capped a 7-3 run by the Beavers and they led 45-40 with 10:38 left.
But the story of the game was the inability to sustain pressure and the road team scored just three points for nearly seven minutes of clock time. The misstep allowed the Wolves to gain their first lead since midway through the first half, as the home team owned a 49-48 advantage with 2:24 to go.
A pair of free throws from Wessling handed the Beavers a 50-49 lead with 1:38 remaining, but that would be final points BSU would post in the game. Trailing 51-50 with 46 ticks left, Wessling had a jumper that didn’t fall and down 52-50 with 21 seconds showing on the clock, Lee had a field goal that didn’t go and the Beavers lost 53-50.
The Beavers will travel to Moorhead, Minn. for a 4 p.m. tilt Saturday versus Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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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).