|February 01, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.368 (21-57)||.429 (24-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.167 (2-12)|
|FT Percentage||.400 (4-10)||.583 (7-12)|
Holleman - 3
McKee - 1
Warmack - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team defeated Southwest Minnesota State University Friday 57-52 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.
Junior guard Lanae Rash (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the team in scoring with a career-high 26 points, while Morgan Lee (Jr., G, Hayward, Wis.) added 11 points and Emily Kaus (Sr., C, Eagan, Minn.) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
The win brought the Beavers’ overall record to 9-10, while it is 5-10 in league play.
Bemidji State shot 42.9% from the field despite hitting on just 2-of-12 from beyond the 3-point arc (.167), while SMSU only shot 36.8% in the game.
Lee and Jessie Althoff (Jr., F, Becker, Minn.) recorded back-to-back layups to get the Beavers an early 4-0 lead and aided by three consecutive baskets by Rash, the Beavers jumped out to a 10-2 edge just 3:15 into the game. Lee drained a 3-pointer just over a minute later to extend the Beavers’ lead to 10 points, 15-5, but BSU would go cold. Over the next five minutes BSU converted just 1-of-3 from the field and turned the ball over four times to allow SMSU to creep back to within four points, 18-14 at the midway point of the first half.
A Lee jumper at the 8:02 mark ignited an 11-0 run over the next six minutes and the Beavers would cruise into the locker room netting 14 of the final 20 points of the half to own a 32-22 halftime lead.
BSU got baskets from Althoff, Lee and Rash during the first three minutes of the second half to stretch its lead to 13 points, 38-25, but would score just four points during the next seven minutes to open the door for a Mustang comeback.
Leading 45-35 with 10 minutes to play, Bemidji State saw its lead dwindle to just two points, 49-47, three minutes later thanks to seven quick points by SMSU’s Rebeka Rolling.
SMSU trimmed the BSU lead to just one point, 51-50, when Mikayla Saathoff drilled one of the Mustangs’ six 3-pointers with 5:16 left, but Bemidji State would rebound with back-to-back layups by Lee and Rash to put the team up 55-50 with 1:46 to go. BSU made a pair of free throws down the stretch to hold off SMSU and grab the win, 57-52.
BSU looks to extend its current winning streak to three games for the first time since a five-game stretch to open the season Saturday when it hosts University of Sioux Falls (10-9; 7-8 NSIC) at the BSU Gymnasium in a 4 p.m. contest.
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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).