|February 08, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.387 (24-62)||.426 (23-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.154 (2-13)||.400 (6-15)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (9-11)||.586 (17-29)|
Thomas - 13
Hoefer - 8
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) – Junior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) posted 19 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Bemidji State University women's basketball team fell 69-59 at Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.
Warmack shot 69.2 percent from the field, as the fourth-ranked shooter in the league went 9-for-13 from the field. Junior Lanae Rash (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) added 12 points and junior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) scored 11 points. Senior Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) recorded two blocks, her 81st and 82nd career blocks to move into fourth all-time at Bemidji State.
Bemidji State (9-12; 5-12 NSIC) was 39 percent from the field and held MSU (17-4; 13-4 NSIC) to 35.5 percent in the first half, but a 52.2 percent shooting in the second half landed the Mavericks at 43 percent. The Beavers went 82 percent from the free-throw line while Minnesota State only posted 59 percent. BSU went cold from 3-point land and hit just one from downtown in each half for a 2-for-13 (15.4%) performance.
Warmack put the Beavers on the scoreboard for the first time with a layup with 18:19 left in the first period and the score reading 5-2 MSU. With 15:23 left on the clock, BSU was down 12-10 when Rash sunk a layup that started an eight point run for the next four minutes to hand the road team a 18-13 advantage.
After almost six minutes without a basket from the Beavers and only six attempted shots, Rash made a layup that tied the game 20-20. With 3:26 left in the half, junior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) tied the game 24-24 and Emily Kaus (Sr., C, Eagan, Minn.) made a free throw that gave the Beavers a one-point lead, the only lead they would get for the rest of the game. A Maverick layup closed the first half with the home team winning 31-27.
The second half didn’t start well for the Beavers who didn’t make a bucket until 16:37 left on the clock, while MSU went on a 9-0 run and owned a 40-27 lead. A layup from Rash started a seven-point run that closed the gap to 40-34.
A personal foul on Minnesota State gave freshmen guard Emily Reichert (Rogers, Minn.) her first two points of the game, then sophomore Melissa Youngblut (G/F, Davenport, Iowa) converted on a layup and the Beavers trailed 44-38 with 12:31 to go.
A Lee layup put BSU down six at 52-46 with 8:33 remaining, but that would be as close as the Beavers would get the rest of the way. The Maverick lead went as high as 14 at 60-46 with 6:45 remaining, but a Beaver 9-2 run cut the deficit in half with 3:34 left.
But a comeback bid fell short as Lee sunk the last basket of the game for the Beavers with 24 seconds left and two MSU free throws later the game ended 69-59.
The Beavers travel to St. Paul, Minn. Saturday to battle Concordia University, St. Paul at the Gangelhoff Center at 4 p.m.
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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).