|December 20, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.379 (25-66)||.426 (26-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.304 (7-23)||.385 (5-13)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (9-9)||.818 (18-22)|
Thielman - 2
Perkins - 2
Warmack - 2
Warmack - 1
Sheley - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Senior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) totaled 24 points and 17 rebounds to help lift the Bemidji State University women's basketball team to a 75-66 victory versus visiting University of Minnesota Crookston Friday to close the 2013 calendar year 6-4, 2-4 NSIC.
Warmack’s seventh double-double of the year was guided by a 9-for-16 (56.3%) effort from the field and a 6-for-9 (66.7%) performance from the charity stripe, while her 17 rebounds tied a career-high set earlier this season. Senior guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) added 17 points, while senior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Tatum Sheley (Backus, Minn.) contributed 13 points.
The Beavers shot 42.6 percent from the field, while holding UMC to 37.9 percent from the field. In league games only, the Golden Eagles entered the contest shooting an NSIC-best 44.6 percent from 3-point land, but only hit on 30.4 percent of their shots from beyond the arc Friday. After shooting 41 free throws in the first meeting, UMC shot just nine (9-for-9) free throws in the game.
The Beavers struggled during the first 12 minutes of play, as the home team trailed 27-17 with 7:55 remaining. For the rest of the first half, BSU was able to allow just five points and totaled a 19-5 run to close the frame leading 36-32. During the run, Warmack recorded nine points and three rebounds, while Lee knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:16 left, then gave the Beavers the four-point advantage with a 3-point dagger with 1:21 left in the frame.
After erasing the 10-point deficit and gaining the lead in the final minutes of the first half, the Beavers battled with the Golden Eagles early in the second half. UMC found a way to regain the lead at 44-42 with 14 minutes left in the frame. Five straight points from Lee moved BSU to a lead of 49-48 with 12:18 left in the half.
With the game tied 52-52, Lee knocked down a pair of free throws and after that point BSU never trailed. A freshman Hanna Zerr (G, Shakopee, Minn.) jumper with 5:10 left handed BSU a five-point advantage at 62-57. The lead was again just one at 62-61, but the Beavers repeatedly responded to any run, as Lee knocked down a cold-blooded 3-pointer. A Warmack jumper moved the lead to 67-61 and the team knocked down late free throws to ice the victory before the holiday break.
After the break, BSU is set to host Winona State University and Upper Iowa University Jan. 3-4.
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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).