|January 05, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.400 (20-50)||.365 (23-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.278 (5-18)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (10-16)||.852 (23-27)|
Althoff - 5
Lee - 4
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team lost a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest Saturday at Minnesota State University Moorhead by the score of 75-55. BSU found the 3-ball early, but went cold the rest of the way to fall to 6-5 overall and 2-5 in NSIC play.
Junior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) led the Beavers with 16 points and four assists. Junior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) added 12 points, a career-high six blocks and five rebounds. Junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) posted 11 points.
BSU shot 40 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers that parlayed into 25 MSU Moorhead points. The Dragons brought down 19 offensive rebounds and turned that into 18 second chance points. The Beavers went 5-for-18 from beyond the arc after hitting four from downtown in the game’s first five minutes.
The Beavers jumped out to an early 8-2 lead 2:32 into the contest, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from freshman Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.) and Lee. MSU Moorhead battled back to a 10-9 deficit three minutes later, but the BSU 3-ball continued to drop as Lee hit another one from downtown and Rash knocked down a shot form beyond the arc and the Beavers owned a 16-11 lead with 11:24 showing on the clock.
The shot would be the last points BSU would score for almost three minutes and the Dragons opened a 22-16 lead with 9:15 to go. A Warmack jumper ended the MSUM streak with 8:50 remaining in the opening half. Rash cut the MSU Moorhead to three with a lay-up with 7:01 left, but the Dragons then ran away and took their biggest lead of the game at 31-22 with 6:26 remaining.
Avoiding a large first half deficit, BSU posted a 7-3 run to close the frame, capped by a Rash bucket and trailed 34-29 with 33 ticks on the clock. But a MSUM 3-pointer added to the home team’s lead heading into the locker room, as the scoreboard read 37-29. BSU had 14 turnovers in the first half, while Rash guided the Beavers in scoring with nine points and Lee posted eight. BSU knocked down four 3-pointers in the game’s first four minutes, but failed to hit on another one the rest of the half and shot 4-for-14 (28.6%) from beyond the arc.
Warmack scored on back-to-back possessions of the second half and the Beavers trailed 37-33, but it would be nearly five minutes of game time before BSU could turn the numbers on the scoreboard. During the drought, the Dragons moved their lead to 44-33 before Rash converted on a lay-up and the Beavers trailed 44-35 with 14:19 remaining in the half.
The Rash bucket started a 6-0 run by BSU, which included a 3-pointer from freshman Rachel Valley (F, Albertville, Minn.) and the Beavers were down 44-39 with 12:21 remaining in regulation. MSUM responded with a 4-0 run and then pushed the lead to 10 at 52-42 with 10:08 left. Following the media timeout with 9:39 remaining, BSU just couldn’t find a way to make a run and cut the deficit below 10 the rest of the way and suffered its fifth loss in the last six games.
The Beavers look to rebound at home Jan. 11-12 against Augustana College and Wayne State College. Both teams were ranked in the latest Division II national poll.
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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).