February 19, 20111st2ndFinal
Minnesota State373875
Bemidji State413273
Stats at a GlanceMSUBSUWBB
FG Percentage.422 (27-64) .397 (23-58)
3P FG Percentage.318 (7-22) .333 (5-15)
FT Percentage.737 (14-19) .846 (22-26)
Offensive Rebounds139
Defensive Rebounds2727
Total Rebounds4036
Bench Points926
PointsAndrea Walsh - 21
Wessling - 16
ReboundsAli Wilkinson - 14
McKay - 6
Borstner - 6
AssistsAndrea Walsh - 9
Thompson - 3
Borstner - 3
StealsJennie Noreen - 1
Ali Wilkinson - 1
Andrea Walsh - 1
Laura Weber - 1
Kirstin Nelson - 1
Thompson - 2
BlocksLaura Weber - 2
Warmack - 1
Last second jumper sinks BSU 75-73
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Last second jumper sinks BSU 75-73
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University’s Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) came up with a clutch shot for the second night in a row on Saturday as she stepped back to hit a three pointer with eight seconds remaining to tie the game 73-73. However, an Andrea Walsh jumper in the lane with just one second left on the clock sent Minnesota State University, Mankato over Bemidji State 75-73 on Saturday evening in Bemidji, Minn. BSU falls to 6-18 (3-17 NSIC). Minnesota State improves to 12-13 (9-12 NSIC).

Bemidji State was paced by freshman Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) led the way for the Beavers with 16 points on five-of-eight shooting from the field. Wessling was a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe as BSU shot 22-0f-26 from the line for 84.6 percent. Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) added 14 points and was seven-of-eight from the line. Senior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.), playing her last game at BSU Gymnasium, added 13 points on five-of-17 shooting. Hebrink averaged 16 points in her final two home games at BSU. Fellow senior Colleen McKay (Sr., Barnum, Minn.) got into foul trouble early and finished with seven points and six rebounds.

The Beavers shot 23-of-58 from the field for 39.7 percent. They were five-of-15 from beyond the arc. BSU was outrebounded by the Mavericks 40-36. They had only 12 turnovers on the game.

The hero of the game, Walsh, led the Mavericks with 21 points on eight-of-12 shooting including nine points from three point land. Ali Wilkinson added a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Alli Hoefer finished with 13 points, as well, and Jennie Noreen had 10 points. The Mavericks shot 27-of-64 from the field for 42.2 percent. They hit 31.8 percent of their three pointers and were 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Down 41-37 at half the Beavers maintained the lead until Minnesota State went on a 4-0 run to tie the game at 52-52. MSU took the lead 56-54 with 9:30 left in the game. Bemidji State took the lead back from MSU with 7:42 left on the clock when Wessling connected on two free throws. However, the Mavericks were able to take the lead back just over a minute later when Walsh connected from downtown to give MSU the lead 59-58. McKay tied the game with a layup 64-64 with 2:35 remaining. The Mavericks went down the floor and countered with two free throws from Noreen and a made three pointer by Alli Hoefer to give MSU the 69-64 lead with 1:51 left in the game.

With 1:37 remaining Lee sank two free throws to cut MSU’s lead to 69-66. On the opposite end Wilkinson was called for the charge giving the ball back to BSU down three. Hebrink had the opportunity to get BSU within one but was blocked by Wilkinson giving the ball back to the Mavericks. McKay was called for the BSU foul sending Walsh to the line where she hit two to give MSU the 71-66 lead with 51 seconds left.

Down five, BSU looked to Lee who hit a jumper to cut into MSU’s lead 71-68 with 42 seconds remaining. The Beavers were forced to foul the Mavericks, seding Wilkinson to the line. Minnesota State’s leading scorer on the season connected on both shots from the charity stripe to put MSU back up five 73-68 with 32 seconds remaining.

Down five once again, BSU got a crucial layup from Wessling to put the Beavers within three 73-30 with 30 seconds left. BSU was once again forced to foul this time sending Walsh to the charity stripe. The Maverick guard missed the front end of a one on one. McKay corralled the rebound for the Beavers giving them one last shot at tying the game. Bemidji State once again looked to Thompson who stepped back from inside the three point line to fire a shot from beyond the arc where she had only made nine threes this season prior to Saturday. The BSU sophomore looked to be the hero again as she drained the shot tying the game 73-73 with eight seconds remaining.

With time for one shot Walsh drove into the lane and took a jumper with just one second left giving the Mavericks a last second victory over the Beavers.

The Bemidji State Beavers went into the break with a 41-37 lead over the Mavericks. Wessling lead the Beavers with 10 points on three-of-three shooting from the field. Wessling was four-of-four from the charity stripe. Morgan Lee added six points for BSU. McKay, Hebrink and Melissa Borstner (Fr., G, East Bethel, Minn.) each had five points in the opening period. BSU was 13-of-25 from the field for 52 percent. The Beavers were four-of-eight from beyond the arc in the opening period. BSU had a strong showing from the charity stripe to open the half shooting 11-of-14 for 78.6 percent. Bemidji State outrebounded MSU 18-17 in the first half. Borstner led the way with four points.

Minnesota State had a eight point lead with 16:02 remaining in the first half. The Beavers went on a 6-0 run to close within one with 6:39 left on the clock. The Mavericks got the lead back out to five before BSU went on a 13-6 run to close the opening period. Wessling led the way for the Beavers in the closing minutes  for BSU tallying all 10 of her points in the final four minutes.

Walsh led the way for Minnesota State with eight points on three-of-five shooting. Wilkinson and Hoefer each added seven points for the Mavericks. MSU was 13-of-33 from the field for 39.4 percent.

Saturday’s game marks the second game in a row that came down to the final seconds as BSU defeated Southwest Minnesota State using a Thompson three-point play and crucial free throws down the stretch from Thompson and Lee to sink the Mustangs.

The Beavers will wrap up the season next Friday and Saturday as they travel to Upper Iowa University and Winona State University.

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