|November 30, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UMC|
|FG Percentage||.463 (31-67)||.424 (28-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.154 (2-13)||.650 (13-20)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (20-26)||.854 (35-41)|
Moenkedick - 9
Sheley - 2
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) – Senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) totaled a career-high 33 points and added 11 rebounds, but University of Minnesota Crookston totaled 12 3-pointers, eight in the first half, en route to downing the Bemidji State University women's basketball team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener, 104-84.
The Golden Eagles (4-1, 1-0 NSIC) went 8-for-11 (72.7%) from 3-point land in the first half, while the Beavers (4-1, 0-1 NSIC) failed to knocked down a shot from long range (0-for-7). With seven minutes left in the first half, UMC was 7-of-8 (87.5%) from beyond the arc. UMC finished 12-for-20 (65%), while BSU posted a 2-for-13 (15.4%) from 3-point range, as it took 24 minutes of game time for BSU to hit a 3-pointer.
The Beavers dominated the paint and outscored the Golden Eagles 48-22, but was outrebounded on the offensive glass 19-12. The margin enabled UMC to post a 25-10 advantage in second chance points.
Warmack went 12-for-14 (career-high for field goals made) from the field for an 85.7 percentage. She went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe, also career-bests for free throws attempted and free throws made. The double-double marked the fourth of the season for Warmack. Her 33 points is the best by a Beaver since teammate Morgan Lee (Sr., G, Hayward, Wis.) totaled 32 points at Mount Mercy University last season. All-time at BSU, Warmack's 33 points ties for the sixth-most points scored in a game (seventh time a player has scored 33 or more points).
Freshman guard Tatum Sheley (Backus, Minn.) recorded a season-high 19 points on 7-for-16 (43.8%) shooting from the field. She added three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Beavers scored the first bucket of the game on a Sheley layup, but the 3-pointers started raining down for UMC just a minute into the contest and after hitting three within the first five minutes, the home team was leading 14-6. The Beavers cut the deficit to four at 16-12, but the Golden Eagles countered with a 10-2 run to open a 26-14 advantage with 11:04 left in the first half.
Despite UMC going 7-for-9 from downtown and BSU not having a 3-pointer to its credit, the Beavers trailed by just nine at 34-25 with 6:04 remaining. The Golden Eagles were able to build the lead back up to 15 on two occasions during the final six minutes, but a Bemidji State 7-0 run during the final 2:15 of the frame allowed the road team to trail by just eight at 48-40 when the halftime horn sounded.
Minnesota Crookston came out of the locker room and after a steal, knocked down a 3-pointer to regain its double-digit lead, a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game. With 13:43 left, a Warmack layup put the Beavers down 10 at 65-55, but the BSU offense would stall out for the next two minutes and UMC took advantage by posting an 11-1 run to take the 20-point lead, 76-56.
The closest BSU would get down the stretch was 13, before suffering the 20-point loss.
The Beavers open the home portion of their league schedule Dec. 6-7 when they host St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth.
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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).