BSU Forces 24 NSU Turnovers But Falls 81-77 At Home
Friday, February 21, 2003
Feb. 21, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Despite forcing 17 first-half turnovers and enjoying a 43-36 halftime edge, Bemidji State (8-16, 4-11 NSIC) dropped a 81-77 decision to Northern State (10-15, 7-9 NSIC) tonight at the BSU Gymnasium.

NSU used a 37-21 run in the final 16:14 of action as the Beavers held leads of 12 and 10 in the first-half.
After nine ties and 11 lead changes in the first 12 minutes of action, BSU managed to roll into the locker room with a 43-36 lead thanks to a 16-6 run that spanned 4:47. BSU went nine of 14 during that stretch with six Beavers getting into the scoring column.

Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) led all scorers with 13 points at intermission. NSU shot 56 percent (14 of 25) while BSU was 17 of 38 (.447).

With BSU maintaining a 64-54 advantage at 12:21, the visitors came storming back thanks in part to seven straight baskets without a miss and a pair of free throws. After NSU’s Shana Theobald put her team up 74-72 at 5:43, two foul shots by junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) notched the score for the final time. From there, the Wolves connected on three jumpers and a free-throw to hang on for the road win.

For the contest, BSU shot 42 percent (31 of 74) from the field and only 21 percent (six of 28) from three-point range. The 28 attempts is second only to the school record 30 against the Golden Eagles (1/3/03). NSU finished at 57 percent (32 of 56) and 50 percent (eight of 16) from long-distance. Free throws were equal with both squads hitting on nine.

Senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) tied a season-high with 20 points, 13 of which came in the second frame. She was eight of 12 from the floor with three steals and two assists. Graf finished with 17 points and 11 boards, her second career double-double and first since she went for 12 points and 13 rebounds against UM-Morris (1/11/02). Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) added 13 while Thomas chipped in a career-best 12.

Carin Rambow paced five Wolves in double-figures with 15 points as she hit for three trifectas. Tia Michalski enjoyed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Beaver loss still has them in ninth-place in the NSIC, trailing Winona State and Minnesota-Crookston by one game. WSU lost to MSU Moorhead and UM-C lost to Concordia-St. Paul tonight. Both those teams are 5-10 in the league.

Bemidji State hosts Minnesota-Morris (1-24, 0-16 NSIC) tomorrow at the BSU Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. as the game marks Seniors Night with five seniors playing their last contest at home.

Notes: The last Beaver win in the series dates back to Jan. 19, 1998 in a 80-76 decision...The four-point BSU loss is the smallest during that streak as the Wolves have won by an average of 22.7 points before tonight...This is the seventh straight game BSU has forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers and the 13th consecutive by going for fewer turnovers...By losing the battle of the boards (-1), the Beavers have done that the past nine contests...The 37 BSU rebounds is the most since it grabbed 38 against UM-Crookston (1/3/03) - a span of 13 games...BSU drops to 7-3 when leading at the half... Christi Goodhart has hit for 10+ points in five straight and seven out of eight games - she has averaged 16.2 in the last five games.