BSU Drops a 86-78 Decision To Winona State At Home
Friday, January 24, 2003
Jan. 24, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Behind 57 percent shooting, including 64 percent in the second half, Winona State (8-9, 3-5 NSIC) downed Bemidji State (6-11, 2-6 NSIC), 86-78 tonight at the BSU Gymnasium.

With the score notched at 58 with 6:56 remaining, Winona State used a 28-20 run to close out the game, including a mark of 15-for-16 from the charity stripe to steal the NSIC win. At one point, the Warriors connected on 13 straight free throws.

Neither team would go up by more than five points until WSU took a 30-22 lead at 4:26 of the first half. From there, consecutive lay-ups by junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.), senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) and sophomore forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) sparked Bemidji State to score 14 of the final 20 points of the half.

With the score tied at 36-36 at intermission, the statistics were very similar besides the 52 percent shooting on behalf of the Warriors. BSU went just 14 of 32 (.438) from the floor as Goodhart had nine and Swanson had eight.

The Beavers scored four quick points to take its first of two leads in the second half. WSU countered with a modest 12-5 run to grab a 48-45 lead with 13:31 remaining. However, Bemidji State would fight back to take its final lead at 58-57 with 7:23 left after a lay-up by sophomore forward Melissa Bessler (Lake George, Minn.). That is when WSU went on its scoring barrage and got hot from the foul line.

BSU shot 46 percent from the floor for the game, but went just six of seven from the free-throw line. Winona State hit on 22 of 28 from the foul line and held a slight advantage on the boards (34-28).

Senior guard Katie Long (Mason City, Iowa), who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half, hit for a career-best five three-pointers. Goodhart notched a season-best 15 points while Swanson was next with 12 points and tied for game-high honors with eight boards. Bessler added 11 points and Graf went for 10 in her first game coming off the bench this season.

For the Warriors, Jenny Johnson, despite injuring her ankle, poured in a game-high 25 points on six of 11 shooting. Diane Stratton added 19 with Anne Straate getting 14 to her credit.

The Beavers welcome the Golden Bears from Concordia-St. Paul (13-4, 6-2 NSIC) tomorrow for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. C-SP took down host Minnesota-Duluth tonight, 81-71.

Notes: With the win, the Warriors have taken six of the last seven meetings with BSU...This was the fourth game this season that BSU has attempted at least 20 three-pointers...The 46 percent shooting tonight breaks a string of four games that BSU shot below 45 percent...The 24 BSU assists in the contest is a season-high and the third time on the campaign that it has tallied 20+ assists - BSU was 2-0 in those games before tonight...This is the 13th game and the fourth straight that Stacia Swanson has either led or tied for the team-high in rebounds this season.