December 18, 20101st2ndFinal
Bemidji State272350
University of Mary353772
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBMARYWBB
FG Percentage.304 (17-56) .388 (26-67)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .233 (7-30)
FT Percentage.800 (8-10) .813 (13-16)
Offensive Rebounds513
Defensive Rebounds3135
Total Rebounds3648
Bench Points1920
PointsHebrink - 13
Zillmer - 15
ReboundsWessling - 7
Collins - 9
AssistsWessling - 2
Hebrink - 2
Althoff - 2
Epema - 2
Borstner - 2
Collins - 3
Knife - 3
StealsHebrink - 3
Collins - 4
BlocksWarmack - 1
Davis - 1
Borstner - 1
Petersen - 1
Knife - 1
Zillmer - 1
Schmidt - 1
BSU scoring drought helps U-Mary to 72-50 win in Bismarck
Saturday, December 18, 2010
BSU scoring drought helps U-Mary to 72-50 win in Bismarck
BISMARCK, N.D. - After a strong opening to the game Bemidji State University went on a scoring drought only scoring one basket in 10 minutes as the University of Mary defeated the Beavers 72-50 on Saturday night in Bismarck, N.D. The Beavers fall to 4-6 (1-5 NSIC) on the season. The Marauders improve to 6-4 (3-3 NSIC).

Jessie Althoff’s (So., F/C, Becker, Minn.) layup at 18:18 in the second half was BSU’s only basket in the last five minutes of the first half and first five minutes of the second half as U-Mary went on a 18-2 run to help catapult them to a victory over the Beavers.

“I thought we started off the game with great energy,” said head coach Mike Curfman. “The first 12 minutes of the first half was some of the best basketball we have played all season. Unfortunately we got the shooting bug again and we were unable to connect on our shots to finish the first half and that carried over into the second half. We have to get over our offensive woes as we move forward with the season. We brought back the majority of a strong offensive team from a season ago we just have to find our shots again.”

U-Mary outshot Bemidji State 38.8 percent to 30.4 percent in the game. The Beavers connected on eight of 22 threes compared to the Marauders seven of 30. U-Mary outrebounded Bemidji State 48 to 36 in the game. The Marauders were paced by three players who tallied double-figure scoring. Rachel Zillmer led U-Mary with 15 points and seven rebounds. Shaunna Knife added 15 points and seven rebounds and Ali Collins had a near double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Anna Hebrink (Sr., G, Austin, Minn.) paced the Beavers with 13 points on five of nine shooting. Hebrink connected on three shots from beyond the arc. Taylor Davis (Jr., F, Crookston, Minn.) added nine points, including seven in the second half. Althoff finished the game with seven points. Ellie Wessling (Fr., G/F, Winsted, Minn.) led BSU on the boards with seven rebounds. Bemidji State committed 18 turnovers to U-Mary’s 13.

The University of Mary went into the locker room with a 35-27 lead over BSU. The Beavers outshot the Marauders 39.1 percent to 33.3 percent in the first half and connected on five of nine shots from beyond the arc for 55.6 percent to U-Mary’s three of 17 from downtown for 17.6 percent. However BSU committed 12 turnovers to only four for the Marauders in the first half. The battle of the glass was fairly even in the opening period with Mary outrebounding BSU 20 to 19.

Hebrink led the Beavers with eight points in the first half. She connected on two of three from beyond the arc. Althoff added five points. Wessling led BSU on the boards with five in the first half. Along with Hebrink’s two three pointers, three other Beavers converted from three-point land with Althoff, Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) and Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) each hitting first-half threes.

BSU led by as many as five in the first half at the 14:04 mark following McKay and Thompson’s threes but the Beavers were held scoreless for nearly three minutes as U-Mary went on a 9-0 run to go ahead 25 to 19. BSU got the lead down to two after a Hebrink three pointer at the 5:10 mark but the Beavers were unable to convert from the field in the final five minutes of the half allowing U-Mary to get the lead up to eight going into the break.

The Marauders were led by 5-9 guard Collins who led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on four of eight shooting. Collins added six rebounds in the first half. Zillmer chipped in eight points in the opening period and Knife added seven points.

BSU falls to 2-7 all-time against the University of Mary. The Beavers will return to action in the new year as they travel to the University of Minnesota Duluth on Jan. 2 to begin 2011.