|January 26, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.349 (22-63)||.521 (25-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (3-12)||.438 (7-16)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.583 (7-12)|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. – After a close second half the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team defeated Northern State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday that brought its record to 8-10 overall and 4-10 NSIC. Northern State (13-5, 9-5 NSIC) entered the game tied for first in the NSIC North division.
Junior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) scored 22 points and Lanae Rash (Jr., G, Milwaukee, Wis.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Lee tallied 22 – her second consecutive game with 20 or more points – on 9-of-13 (69.2%) shooting from the field, as her mid-range jumper was untouchable. Junior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) added 10 points and five rebounds, while senior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) scored nine points and dished out a team-high four assists.
BSU posted 52.1 percent from the field, which is a season-high for the team and just the second time this season the squad shot 50 percent or better. The last time came in the fourth game of the season when it shot 50.8 percent at Mount Mercy. The Beavers were also defensively sound the entire game and held NSU to only 34.9 percent from the field, its third worst shooting night of the season. The Beavers shot 7-for-16 (43.8%) from 3-point land and forced 12 Northern State turnovers that led to a 16-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
The first half started off slow for both teams until a 3-pointer from Lee opened the game with 18:20 left in the first half. A three-point bucket by Thompson followed by a layup from NSU brought the score to 6-2. After more than five minutes without a Beaver basket, Warmack sunk a layup that tied the game 8-8 with 12:35 left in the half.
A jumper from NSU put them in lead until Rash made one of her own to tie the game 10-10. Two free throws from the Wolves put them in the lead for the next five minutes. Trailing by five at 17-12 with 7:49 to play, BSU went on a 5-0 run to knot the game up at 17-17. NSU got a jumper to fall to regain the lead, but Warmack made a basket with 4:59 left on the clock, that tied up the game. A 3-pointer from sophomore Melissa Youngbult (G/F, Davenport, Iowa) gave the Beavers a lead, 22-21, they would keep until the second half. The Youngblut 3-pointer also jump started a BSU 8-2 run to close the half with a 27-23 lead.
A basket from Lee started the second half followed by back-to-back layups from NSU and the score sat at 29-27 early in the frame. A 3-pointer from Thompson at 17:11 brought the score to 32-27. But the Beaver offensive attack slowed a bit and with 12:07 left on the clock a 3-pointer from Northern State tied the game 38-38.
The teams traded buckets for the next five minutes, leading up the game’s eighth tie game at 50-50 with 7:35 left. With 6:31 left in play, Warmack sank a jumper that put BSU in the lead 52-51, a lead they would keep for the rest of the game. With 2:37 showing on the clock sophomore guard Allison McKee (New Brighton, Minn.) knocked down a dagger from beyond the arc to bring the score to 60-54 and ultimately seal the game for the Beavers. A foul on the Wolves gave Lee two extra free throws that finished the game with the home team victorious 64-57.
The Beavers are back in action Feb. 1-2 against Southwest Minnesota State University (6 p.m.) and Sioux Falls University (4 p.m.) 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).