December 07, 20131st2ndFinal
Minnesota Duluth403070
Bemidji State293463
Stats at a GlanceUMDWBSUW
FG Percentage.388 (26-67) .370 (27-73)
3P FG Percentage.176 (3-17) .250 (3-12)
FT Percentage.833 (15-18) .600 (6-10)
Offensive Rebounds1914
Defensive Rebounds3322
Total Rebounds5236
Turnovers2013
Steals59
Bench Points294
LeadersUMDWBSUW
PointsRutten - 22
Meyer - 22
Warmack - 20
ReboundsRutten - 16
Warmack - 11
AssistsFlood - 3
Zerr - 7
StealsRutten - 2
Lee - 3
BlocksMeyer - 2
Warmack - 2
Slow start proves to be difference in 70-63 loss to UMD
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Slow start proves to be difference in 70-63 loss to UMD

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team won the final 13 minutes of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game 25-12, but dug a hole it couldn't claw its way out of, as the Beavers fell 70-63 to visiting University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium.

Senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) guided the Beavers with 20 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Seniors Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn.) and Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) totaled 13 and 12 points, respectively. Althoff added seven rebounds and five assists, while Lee tallied a game-high three steals.

BSU shot 37 percent from the field, but posted 30.6 percent in the first half. UMD won the rebounding battle 52-36, which included 19 offensive boards it used to score 20 second chance points. Both teams hit just three 3-pointers.

It took three minutes before either team found a bucket. Althoff broke the tie with a free throw at 17:59.  A freshman guard Tatum Sheley (Backus, Minn.) 3-pointer with 15:06 left knotted the game at 8-8, but UMD would post an 8-2 run during the next 3:30 to open a 16-10 advantage.

The Beavers trailed by just one or two possessions for the next four minutes until a Warmack layup placed the home team within two at 22-20. UMD again countered the pressure by going on an 8-2 run to take the 30-22 lead.

Bemidji State just couldn’t get within two possessions, as the Bulldogs countered every BSU bucket. Home team fouls down the stretch caused UMD lead to jump to 11 at the half, 40-29.

UMD dominated the paint in the first half, winning the category 26-10. The Bulldogs also came down with 11 offensive rebounds to create 11 second chance points. BSU shot 30.6 percent to UMD’s 36.8 percent in the half.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room on fire, while the Beavers continued to be sluggish. The result was UMD opening a 20-point lead at 58-38 with 13:03 remaining in regulation.

The Beavers then adopted a pressure, three-fourths-court defense to create some havoc. It worked, as UMD was only able to muster 12 points and turned the ball over 10 times.

BSU cut the deficit to 10 with 5:06 remaining on a Warmack layup that capped a 6-0 run. The Bulldogs’ advantage dipped to single digits on a fast break layup by Allison Cordes (Fr., G, Roseville, Minn.), forcing a UMD timeout with 4:27 left.

BSU again trailed by eight at 68-60 with 2:23 to play on another Cordes fast break layup, but that is where the score stalled for 2:08 of game time until Althoff knocked down a 3-pointer with 15 ticks left to cut the deficit to five at 68-65. The bucket proved to be too late, as UMD converted on two free throws for the seven-point win, 70-63.

Takeaways

• BSU forced 20 UMD turnovers, 12 in the second half. The Beavers committed 13 turnovers and dished out 18 assists.  

• Warmack entered the weekend fifth in the nation in double-doubles with four. She already has six after recording eight last season.

Next Up

The Beavers take to the road Dec. 13-14 when they travel to Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University.

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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).

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