|January 25, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.357 (20-56)||.393 (22-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.692 (27-39)||.850 (17-20)|
Zabel - 2
Strese - 2
Charette - 2
Rash - 1
Lee - 1
Thompson - 1
Kaus - 1
Charette - 1
Roehrich - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday 75-66 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at BSU Gymnasium. The loss brought the Beavers’ record down to 7-10 overall and 3-10 in NSIC play.
Junior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) led the team in scoring with 25 points - a season-high in conference play. Junior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Beavers were Jessie Althoff (Jr., F, Becker, Minn.) with 13 points and junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) with 10. Rash also added nine rebounds, while Althoff chipped in seven boards and a team-high three assists.
BSU recorded 39.3 percent from the field, while MSUM posted 35.7 percent. Beyond the arc the Dragons went 8-for-19 (42.1 percent), while the Beavers shot only 27.8 percent from downtown. MSU Moorhead attempted 39 free throws, while the Beavers attempted 20. The Dragons went 27-for-39 (69.%), while Bemidji State went 17-for-20 (85%). BSU gave away 17 turnovers that resulted in 18 MSU Moorhead points.
Althoff opened the game with a jumper, but an MSUM 3-pointer followed and BSU trailed 3-2 early. With 17:52 remaining in the first half Rash sunk a layup that put the Beavers three points ahead, 6-3. Two fouls on the Dragons gave Rash and Warmack two points each from the free-throw line to keep a Beaver lead, 14-11.
A 3-pointer, which tied the game, and two free throws later, gave MSUM a lead that they would keep until the second half. With only 4:43 left on the clock the Beavers were trailing the Dragons 33-25. Two consecutive 3-pointers from Lee helped close the gap and the Beavers cut the deficit to two at 33-31 with 3:48 left in the frame. MSU Moorhead finished the first half with a 4-0 run and the teams went into halftime with the scoreboard reading 37-31.
The Dragons knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half and shot 7-for-11 (63.6%) from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, while hitting just four more shots from the field (11-for-31). Warmack had 10 points and nine rebounds at the break for BSU.
A 3-pointer from Lee put the Beavers on the scoreboard with 18:56 left in the second half to make the score 39-34. With 16:16 remaining in the game Emily Kaus (Sr., C, Eagan, Minn.) sunk a layup that put the Beavers two points behind the Dragons, 44-42.
A bucket by Lee tied up the game with 14:51 remaining, the a foul on MSUM put sophomore Melissa Youngblut (G/F, Davenport, Iowa) at the line and she was able to make two free throws to put BSU in the lead 46-44. Unfortunately for the Beavers their lead was short lived, as a layup by the Dragons dropped with 13:27 left on the clock and tied the game 46-46. A basket from MSU Moorhead put it ahead of BSU 48-46 with 12:21 left.
The lead would stay in favor of the Dragons for the rest of the game. BSU was able to keep the lead to single digits until two free throws put the road team up 63-53 with 4:25 showing on the clock. With 2:16 left in the game Lee made her final 3-pointer and followed that with a jumper that brought the score to 70-64. But the comeback was too little, too late and as MSUM went 5-for-6 from the line down the stretch and ended the game at 75-66.
The Beavers take on Northern State University at home Saturday at 4 p.m. at 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).