Bemidji State Loses 72-57 To Michigan Tech
Saturday, December 14, 2002
Dec. 14, 2002

Houghton, Mich. - One night after limiting Finlandia (MI) to 30.8 per cent shooting, BSU (4-3, 0-0 NSIC) caught the same bug as it went 27.7 per cent in the 72-57 loss to Michigan Tech (4-4) at the SDC Gym.

“ The girls played real tough,” said head coach Mike Power. “We battled and cut into the lead down the stretch.”

After going up 8-7 at the 14:45 mark, Michigan Tech went on to score 25 of the game’s next 33 points to lead 33-15 at 6:32. The Huskies converted 10 BSU turnovers into 15 points while holding the Beavers scoreless in that category. Senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) led BSU with seven points as Michigan Tech held a 16-3 advantage in assists at the half.

The largest lead of the game came at the 12:25 mark of the second with MTU up 59-31. That advantage was made possible by three consecutive three-pointers by Annie Madden. That lead would be cut in half after Bemidji State roared back with a 22-8 spurt to trail 67-53 at 3:17. The Beavers got seven points from sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) and six points from junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) during that run. The final three-plus minutes saw Graf hit four free throws and MTU’s Chelsey MacNeill tally three points and Andrea Novak score a basket. For the second half, BSU turned the ball over only six times while MTU had 15 turnovers.

“We just could not shoot,” said Power. “We got cold and some of those misses were lay-ups. On top of that, they (Michigan Tech) were on fire. Even so, we battled back.”

For the game, BSU converted 18-20 free throws compared to 4-7 for Michigan Tech but the Huskies shot 10-17 behind the arc with the Beavers going 3-15.

Graf and Swanson continued their hot scoring streaks as they both have gone all seven games in double-figures. Graf led the way with 19 as Swanson had 13 and a game-high nine rebounds. Goodhart finished with seven points while junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) added seven boards, which is good for a personal-high.

For the Huskies, Andrea Novak posted a game-high 20 points with Emily McClone adding 18 and Marie Schneider having 12 on 4-6 from three-point range. Chelsey MacNeill recorded a game-high seven assists.

BSU returns home one final time before league action begins as it hosts St. Cloud State on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Then, the following afternoon has the Beavers visit #2 North Dakota with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Notes: Amber Graf went a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line...Melissa Bessler was limited to 10 minutes as she got injured - initial diagnosis was a severely sprained ankle...With five steals on the night, Stacia Swanson has led the squad five times this season and has nabbed four or more on four occasions...BSU has dropped seven straight meetings with the Huskies...The 27.7 per cent (18-65) shooting on the part of BSU was its lowest since it went 22.6 per cent (12-53) in the 79-30 loss to Southwest State (2-23-01)...Either Graf or Swanson have led the Beavers in scoring this season with Swanson topping the club in four games.