Beavers End Season With 84-66 Loss To The Warriors
Saturday, March 1, 2003
March 1, 2003

Winona, Minn. - Bemidji State (9-18, 5-13 NSIC) got down early and could never recover against Winona State (11-16, 6-12 NSIC) tonight in the 84-66 loss at McCown Gymnasium. BSU never led but was able to come within a point with 6:20 remaining in the first half at 25-24. The Warriors responded with a 21-7 run to go into the locker-room with a 46-31 edge and take control of the game.

Junior forward Amber Graf (Hammond, Wis.) set a BSU season record with a four-for-four performance from the foul line. She ended the year 104 of 133 from the charity stripe which broke the 102 made free throws (Jenny Loeck) and 132 attempts (Karen Morrisey) during the 1994-95 campaign.

The Warriors jumped ahead with a 7-0 lead and held BSU without a basket until Graf connected on a jumper at the 16:45 mark. With WSU up 21-12, senior guard Christi Goodhart (Manteca, Calif.) ignited a 12-4 Beaver run to cut the gap to one. But that is when Winona State turned up it defense and held BSU to five field goal attempts in a 3:32 span. The guests could not convert on any shots as WSU scored 12 unanswered.

Graf had 13 points at the half but as a team, BSU shot just 38 percent (13 of 34). Meanwhile, WSU went for a 53 percent (16 of 30) mark and held a 26-14 rebounding edge.

Out of the half, BSU sliced the WSU lead to 52-41 after a pair of free throws by Graf with 13:24 remaining. However, Bemidji State was not able to cut the deficit into single digits for the remainder of the contest. Senior guard Crystal Jones (Side Lake, Minn.) made two free throws with 3:35 left to bring BSU within 12, but the hosts scored 12 of the game’s final 19 points.

Graf tied for game-high honors with Goodhart as both players had 19 each. Jones and junior forward Amber Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.) recorded a team-high seven boards. As a club, BSU shot 32 percent overall after going nine of 34 (.265) in the second frame. Also, it was just six of 24 (.250) from three-point range. It lost the rebound battle, 36-52 but posted 17 steals to break the school season record.
WSU was led by the 17 points and eight rebounds by Katie Kosters as four other Warriors got over 10 points. The Warriors shot 47 percent (30 of 64) from the floor

With the loss, BSU fails to slide into the conference tournament for the first time in the four-year history. The Warriors earned the eighth spot with the win tonight. UM-Duluth won its 11th regular season conference title with a 65-64 win over Concordia-St. Paul tonight.

Notes: Winona State has taken six of the last seven in the overall series...The old record for steals was 356 during the 1985-86 season...BSU has attempted at least 20 threes in 12 games and three straight this season after launching 24 tonight...Bemidji State has gone 10 straight games in forcing more than 20 turnovers and the 16th consecutive by having fewer than its opponent...Amber Graf was whistled for a technical foul...This was the 11th game on the season in which BSU has shot under 40 percent...With 19 points on the evening, Christi Goodhart has reached double-figures in nine of the final 11 games - she has averaged 13.5 in that span, nearly four points above her season average...Graf finished the season scoring 10 or more points in 25 of the 27 games.