December 14, 20131st2ndFinal
Bemidji State143953
Northern State University333366
Stats at a GlanceBSUWNSU
FG Percentage.340 (18-53) .362 (21-58)
3P FG Percentage.444 (8-18) .125 (1-8)
FT Percentage.818 (9-11) .767 (23-30)
Offensive Rebounds513
Defensive Rebounds2731
Total Rebounds3244
Turnovers2520
Steals913
Bench Points622
LeadersBSUWNSU
PointsSheley - 15
Kusler - 17
ReboundsWarmack - 11
Krogman - 10
AssistsAlthoff - 3
Hofschild - 3
StealsAlthoff - 3
Krogman - 4
BlocksAlthoff - 1
Warmack - 1
Krogman - 3
First half struggles continue to inhibit Beavers, lose 66-53 at Northern State
Saturday, December 14, 2013
First half struggles continue to inhibit Beavers, lose 66-53 at Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team lost its third straight game Saturday after again struggling in the first half. The Beavers fell 66-53 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at Northern State University. In the three game skid, BSU is averaging 21.3 points per game in the first half and 40.3 points per contest in the second.

Freshman guard Tatum Sheley (Backus, Minn.) totaled a team-high 15 points on 5-for-10 (50%) shooting from the field, a 2-for-4 (50%) effort from 3-point land and a 3-of-4 (75%) performance from the charity stripe. Senior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) scored 11 of her 14 points in the first 5:30 of the second half and hit 4-of-8 from 3-point land. For the seventh time this season, senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) came down with 10 or more rebounds, as she totaled 11 boards with five points.

The Beavers were unable to find a handle in the game and turned the ball over 25 times, resulting in 28 points for the Wolves. BSU forced 20 NSU turnovers that the road team converted into 16 points. Offensive rebounds were also an issue again, as BSU allowed 13 offensive boards and allowed 12 second chance points. BSU shot 19.4 percent in the first half and finished with a 34.0 percentage from the field.

BSU’s recent first half shooting woes continued early in the first and after sitting tied 4-4 two minutes into the game, the Beavers failed to score until 10:49 remaining in the half on a freshman Allison Cordes (G, Rosemount, Minn.) 3-pointer. At that point, Northern State had built a 17-7 lead.

Bemidji Sate then got stuck on seven until 7:03 left and Lee knocked down a 3-pointer with BSU trailing 23-10. The final seven minutes saw NSU win 10-4 and the Beavers trailed 33-14 at the half. BSU shot just 19.4 percent from the field in the frame and allowed NSU to shoot 41.2 percent. No Beaver had more than three points in the half.

For how bad the first half was, it was that good for the Beavers in the first five minutes of the second half. BSU went off from 3-point land, hitting on 5-of-5 attempts to post a 17-4 run and get within four at 37-33 with 14:34 left. Lee tickled the twine three times from beyond the arc in the run and totaled 11 points in the stretch.

Northern State followed the BSU run with seven unanswered points to re-open the double-digit lead at 44-33 with 12:19 remaining. The NSU lead was 14 at 50-36 with 7:30 remaining, but BSU cut the deficit back down to eight at 55-47 with 1:42 left on a Sheley 3-point dagger. Unfortunately for BSU, the road team couldn’t complete the comeback and lost, 63-51.  

Next Up

The Beavers begin a three-game homestand Dec. 20 when it hosts University of Minnesota Crookston in an NSIC contest beginning at 6 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).

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