|November 05, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UND|
|FG Percentage||.397 (23-58)||.419 (26-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.400 (6-15)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.571 (20-35)|
BUCK - 11
BUCK - 2
KISER - 2
KNOX - 2
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team held a small halftime lead in an exhibition at NCAA Division I University of North Dakota Tuesday, but a hot shooting second half by North Dakota led to the Beavers suffering a 78-66 loss at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
The Beavers led 39-37 at the break after shooting 51.9 percent from the field and getting 12 points from senior forward Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn.), but UND countered in the second frame, shooting 50.0 from the field. North Dakota outrebounded the Beavers 52-34 (22-10 offensive boards) and shot 15 more free throws.
Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) recorded 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. Senior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) – in a bit of a homecoming – recorded a team-high nine rebounds and five points before fouling out. Freshman guard Hanna Zerr (Shakopee, Minn.) also scored in double-figures with 14 and added a team-high three assists.
The two teams traded buckets early and at 6-5 UND, the Beavers posted a 13-7 run during five minutes of play to open an 18-13 lead with 10:48 remaining in the opening half. During the run, the Bemidji State got three, 3-pointers, including two from sophomore Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.).
North Dakota responded with a 9-1 stretch to own the 22-19 advantage with just under eight minutes to play. The Beavers came back and tightened up the defense and didn’t allow a North Dakota point for nearly four minutes. During the defensive stand, four different players scored (four points by Lee) and the Beavers posted a 9-0 run to take the 28-22 lead with 4:40 showing on the game clock.
The Beavers continued to apply pressure defensively and shoot the ball well on the other end to own the 33-26 lead until a UND 3-pointer with 2:27 to play. The half ended with the Beavers holding on to a slim 39-37 advantage heading into the locker room.
Bemidji State countered a 12-4 disadvantage on the offensive glass (26-20 overall) with a 51.9 percent shooting performance from the field. BSU went 4-for-7 from 3-point range. UND shot 36.1 percent from the field.
Althoff guided the Beavers on the offensive end with 12 points on 4-of-7 (57.1%) shooting from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Zerr added seven points and Lee posted six.
North Dakota came out of the locker room and posted a 5-2 run to force a Bemidji State timeout with 16:53 remaining in the half, trailing 42-41. Through the first four minutes, BSU was shooting just 25 percent from the floor.
BSU knotted the game up 46-46 with a pick and roll connection from Zerr to Althoff, but back-to-back UND 3-pointers moved the score to 52-46 with 13:52 showing on the game clock. The lead went to double-digits for the first time at 56-46, but a Lee 3-pointer ended the UND run with 13:21 left.
With the lead hovering around 10, the Beavers went to a zone defense and created a couple turnovers, which translated into buckets on the offensive end. Lee knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to get the road team within six at 65-59 with 7:55 remaining.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, the six-point deficit would be as close as they would get, as UND posted a 7-0 run to stretch the lead to 72-59 with six minutes to play. The North Dakota lead got as high as 15, before settling at 12.
• The Beavers are now 1-10 in exhibitions under head coach Mike Curfman.
• Junior Melissa Youngblut’s sister, Mallory, is a assistant coach for North Dakota and played with BSU assistant coach Mark Bagaason’s daughter at UND.
The Beavers officially begin the 2013-14 season Nov. 12 when they host Mayville State University beginning at 7 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).