November 19, 20101st2ndFinal
Bemidji State343468
California (PA)353873
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBCAL-PA
FG Percentage.422 (19-45) .450 (27-60)
3P FG Percentage.467 (7-15) .286 (4-14)
FT Percentage.767 (23-30) .577 (15-26)
Offensive Rebounds1315
Defensive Rebounds2419
Total Rebounds3734
Bench Points167
PointsWessling - 21
JOHNS - 21
ReboundsWessling - 10
SMITH - 17
AssistsWessling - 4
StealsBorstner - 3
BlocksJOHNS - 1
PENN - 1
Late run falls short as No. 19 California (Pa.) defeats BSU 73-68
Friday, November 19, 2010
Late run falls short as No. 19 California (Pa.) defeats BSU 73-68

MANKATO, MINN. - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell to No. 19 California University (Pa.) on Friday in the first game of the Maverick Classic in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers made a late run at the Vulcans getting within two points with 29 seconds left but their efforts came up just short. BSU falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss. California improves to 1-0 as Friday marked the first game of the season for the team who was an NCAA Division II tournament participant a season prior.

BSU was led again by freshmen Melissa Borstner (G, East Bethel, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) who each tallied double-figure scoring for the second game in their two-game careers at Bemidji State. Wessling tallied a double-double on the night with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Borstner had 18 points on the game shooting three-of-five from beyond the arc and seven-of-nine from the charity stripe. Samantha Baldwin (Jr., G, St. Thomas, N.D.) added eight points. The Beavers shot 42.2 percent for the game. BSU had 28 turnovers in Friday’s contest.

California (Pa.) was paced in scoring by Amy Johns who tallied 21 points on nine-of-17 shooting from the field. Returning All-America honorable mention selection Kayla Smith had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Sharp shooter Stepanie Michael added 12 points including three-of-four from beyond the arc. The Vulcans shot 45.0 percent on the game.

Bemidji State went on a late 7-0 run to cut it to two points but California hit crucial free throws and came up with crucial rebounds down the stretch to put away the Beavers. BSU also had an 11-3 run from 8:42 to 3:11 to get within four points of the Vulcans with five converted free-throws and a two made baskets from Wessling and a made two from Baldwin before California (Pa.) stretched their lead back out to over 10.

California scored the first nine points out of locker room before Jessie Althoff (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) came out and halted BSU’s scoring draught with two converted free-throws. Althoff scored the first six points of the second half for BSU.

The Vulcans went into the break with a one point edge over the Beavers 35-34. Borstner and Wessling accounted for 24 of BSU’s 34 first-half points. Borstner tallied 14 in the opening period, one point shy of her game one total of 15 against Mayville State University in her BSU debut on Tuesday. Wessling added 10 points and five rebounds for BSU. The Beavers shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc in the first half connecting on six-of-11 shots. BSU shot 47.6 percent from the field in the first half.

California University was led by Johns with 14 points and three rebounds. Johns shot six-of-12 from the field. The Vulcans shot 46.7 percent in the first half. Smith had nine points and eight rebounds.

Bemidji State will continue play at the Maverick Classic on Saturday when they face Grand View University at 3 p.m. at the Taylor Center.