Cold Shooting Bug Hits BSU In 100-63 Loss to NSU
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Jan. 18, 2003

Aberdeen, S.D. - Tonight at the Barnett Center, Bemidji State (6-10, 2-5) got down by a 57-31 count behind 35 percent shooting in the first half and never could recover as it fell, 100-63 at the hands of Northern State (5-11, 3-5).

“ They (Northern State) shot unbelievable, especially in the first half,” said assistant coach Jason Sobolik. “I do not think that we recovered from that. We seemed one step behind on defense and then they knocked down their shots. We are not going to win many games when teams shoot like that against us.”

The Wolves connected on seven of its first 10 field goals to begin the game and scorched out to an early 19-14 lead. Meanwhile, BSU was five-for-eight from the floor during that stretch and continued to stay close as the NSU lead dwindled to three at 23-20 at 12:21. From that point, the Wolves ran away with the game by going on a 34-11 run to go up 57-31 at the break.

Northern State shot 71 percent (22 of 31) from the field in the half and out-rebounded the Beavers 24 to 10. BSU shot just 36 percent (12 of 33) as sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) and senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) led the club with eight points.

The second-half deficit for Bemidji State would never shrink below the half-time margin of 26 as the visitors finished 25-for-71 (.352) from the field, including just five of 26 from behind the arc (.192). BSU grabbed a season-low 28 rebounds as Northern State dominated the glass and finished with 56.

Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) led the Beavers with 18 points as she went seven-for-eight from the foul line. Jones, who reached 12 points on the night, went for her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season. Swanson finished with 10 points as she had a team-high five rebounds.

Carin Rambow led NSU with 14 points as five other players followed with 10+ scoring efforts. Amanda Mollman just reached double-double status with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Wolves bench out-scored the Beavers 51-13.

“It was one of those nights when all their shots went down,” said Sobolik. “But, we competed in the second half and that is something that hopefully, we can build on next week.”

After being on the road for three-straight in the league, BSU welcomes Winona State next Friday to begin its longest conference home-stand of the season. Tip-off at the BSU Gymnasium is set for 5:30 p.m.

Notes: The last time BSU allowed 100 points was in the 100-87 loss to St. Cloud State, Nov. 11, 1998...The 26 three-point attempts on the part of BSU is the second highest mark on the season - it went for 30 against UM-Crookston, Jan. 3, 2003...This is the ninth time this season that Amber Graf has topped the team in scoring as she has gone 15 of the 16 games in double-figures this year...Stacia Swanson has now gone 11 games this campaign at the club’s leading rebounder.