Davis’ career-high 31 points not enough as Beavers fall to Huskies 87-80
Saturday, January 9, 2010

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell to St. Cloud State University Saturday by the score of 87-80 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at Halenbeck Hall. Sophomore Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) scored a career-high 31 points and added six rebounds in the loss. The point total ties her for eighth on BSU’s top game scoring list.

“I thought we played well for 30 minutes of the game,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “The 10 minutes we were off we dug ourselves into too big of a hole. We have to play more consistent basketball.”

The Beavers (9-6, 3-5 NSIC) held a 34-33 lead at the half, earning a lead as large as six at 16-10 with 10:14 remaining in the first half. SCSU then used the next 3:47 off the clock to go on an 8-2 run to grab a two point advantage. With the game tied at 21-21 with 5:06 remaining, Davis knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:56 left to give BSU a lead. The two teams then traded baskets through the halftime buzzer, with Bemidji State owning the small lead. Davis had 20 points and five rebounds in the first half.

The Huskies then came out of the locker room running, outscoring the Beavers 30-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second frame, earning a 63-43 lead. SCSU had a lead as large as 22 with 8:35 left in regulation. BSU then got rolling, slowly chipping away at the deep hole they dug. With 2:27 on the clock, two freshman Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) free throws put the deficit to just eight at 76-67. BSU kept coming and cut the SCSU lead to four with 1:02 left on a 3-pointer from junior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.). Four free throws from the Huskies and two from the Beavers put the game back to a six point difference with 44 seconds left. BSU had the ball at that point, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net as Davis missed two shots in the possession. The Beavers were then forced to foul and SCSU earned the seven point win.

Davis finished shooting 14-of-21 from the field in a performance from off the bench. Freshman Katie Pettit (G, Howard Lake, Minn.) had a well-rounded game, posting 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. She went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Thompson had 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. BSU shot 43.9 percent from the field and SCSU was 47.9 percent from the field. The score was tied six times and the lead changed eight times during the game.

The Beavers host their next three games, starting with Northern State University Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).