WAYNE, Neb. (Rice Auditorium) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team fell 72-42 at No. 9 Wayne State College Wednesday in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Tournament. The Beavers end the season with a 9-18 record.
Bemidji State was the No. 8 seed in the NSIC North, while Wayne State entered as the No. 1 seed in the NSIC South and was the Overall NSIC Tournament.
Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward Wis.) moved into second in Bemidji State history in career 3-pointers, knocking down a grand total of 214. She was just four points shy of moving into sixth all-time leading scorers for BSU and finished with a career record of 1,380 points.
Senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, Minn.) recorded her 13 double-double of the season to establish the BSU record of 12 double-doubles in a season. Warmack led BSU in scoring versus the Wildcats with 14 points and posted 16 rebounds. She finished her career with 1,107 points to be seated 14th in BSU history. She totaled four blocks, and finished her career holding the record for BSU blocks finishing with 56 this season and 137 in her career.
Senior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn) finished her career with 958 points, just 42 points shy of 1,000. Althoff posted six points in Wednesday’s contest while adding three rebounds.
BSU shot 31.7 percent from the field while WSC shot 41.0 percent. WSC shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and held BSU to only 25.0 percent. The Wildcats forced 19 Beaver turnovers and only allowed six of their own.
Wayne State came out on a 9-0 run in the 8:20 minutes of play, while the Beavers went 0-for-12 until Althoff made the Beaver’s first bucket of the night on a layup with 10:46 left in regulation and trailing WSC 11-2. Wayne State and the Beavers traded buckets back and forth, but a layup by freshman Tatum Sheley (G, Backus, Minn) would put the score within eight at 19-11 with 6:31 left in the first half. WSC would then go on a 8-0 run over the next six minutes, as Warmack would end the run with a layup with just a tick left on the score board to make the score 27-13. BSU would head into the locker room trailing by 14 points.
WSC posted a 13-2 run at the start of the second half to put the score at 40-15 with 15:47 remaining. Just two minutes later Lee would make a 3-pointer to change the score to 44-20 with 14:13 left in regulation. WSC kept pushing the lead higher and eventually took their largest lead of the night at 67-36 with 4:22 left in the game. BSU would only score eight more points in the contest and WSC would own a 72-42 victory to advance into the NSIC tournament semifinal round.
The Beavers are now1-10 in NSIC tournament games.
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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).