February 25, 20111st2ndFinal
Bemidji State303868
Upper Iowa204666
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBUIU
FG Percentage.339 (19-56) .369 (24-65)
3P FG Percentage.368 (7-19) .217 (5-23)
FT Percentage.852 (23-27) .684 (13-19)
Offensive Rebounds1418
Defensive Rebounds2224
Total Rebounds3642
Bench Points1822
PointsLee - 16
Jacobson - 15
ReboundsMcKay - 9
McKean - 13
AssistsHebrink - 5
McKean - 5
StealsHebrink - 1
Thompson - 1
Borstner - 1
McKay - 1
Warmack - 1
Westgaard - 2
BlocksHebrink - 1
Late free throws guide BSU past Upper Iowa 68-66
Friday, February 25, 2011
Late free throws guide BSU past Upper Iowa 68-66
FAYETTE, Iowa. - Bemidji State University hit seven-of-eight shots from the charity stripe in the final 1:30 as they came away with the 68-66 victory over Upper Iowa University on Friday night at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa. Sydney Epema (Jr., G, Crookston, Minn.) was responsible for five of BSU’s last eight points and hit two crucial free throws on an intentional foul that sent an injured Melissa Borstner (Fr., G, East Bethel, Minn.) to the bench to help catapult BSU to the victory. The Beavers improve to 7-18 (4-17 NSIC) with the victory. Upper Iowa falls to 1-24 (1-20 NSIC) with the loss.

Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) paced BSU with a season-high 16 points on four-of-nine shooting from the field. Lee was five-of-five from the charity stripe. Colleen McKay (Sr., C, Barnum, Minn.) added 14 points and nine rebounds. Fellow senior Anna Hebrink (G, Austin, Minn.) finished the night with 12 points. Epema ended the game with 11 points on three-of-seven shooting and was three-of-four from the line. BSU was 23-of-27 for 85.2 percent from the charity stripe. The Beavers shot 33.9 percent on the game. They connected on seven-of-19 from downtown for 36.8 percent.

Upper Iowa used the offensive glass to get back into Friday’s game after being down 10 at half. The Peacocks had 18 offensive rebounds and finished the game with 42 rebounds to BSU’s 36. Heidi McKean led UIU on the glass with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. Jeri Jacobson paced the Peacocks on offense with 15 points. Lana Otting added 13 points and Cassadra Deiters finished with 10. Upper Iowa shot 36.9 percent from the field. The Peacocks were 13-of-19 from the charity stripe for 68.4 percent.

Down 10 at half, Upper Iowa cut the lead to two when Deiters hit a jumper with 10:55 remaining as BSU went on a nearly three minute scoreless drought in the middle of the second half. Lee quickly catapulted BSU back out to a five point lead after draining a three to put the Beavers ahead 44-39. The Beavers built on the basket with a 9-1 run over the next two minutes to get back out to a 10 point lead at 50-40. The Peacocks countered with an 11-0 run of their own to steal the lead from the Beavers on a Lyndsay Westgaard free throw with 4:30 remaining. McKean led the UIU outburst with six points.

Epema hit a crucial shot from beyond the arc with the Beavers down 51-50 to put BSU ahead 53-51 with 4:06 left. On the opposite end a McKay foul sent Upper Iowa to the line where two Westgaard free throws tied the game back at 53-53. Hebrink put BSU up again 56-53 when she drained a shot from the wing with 3:32 remaining. UIU countered with a Lana Otting layup to cut the lead to 56-55 with 3:13 left.

Jacobson connected on one-of-two from the charity stripe to tie the game at 56-56 with 2:45 left. Upper Iowa took the lead 58-56 when Jacobson sank a jumper with 2:21 remaining. BSU cut the lead to one when McKay hit one-of-two from the charity stripe with 2:09 left in the game. Upper Iowa extended the lead back out to four on a Jennifer Herrick three pointer with 1:43 left in Friday night’s contest.

Borstner cut the Peacock’s lead to two 61-59 with 1:35 remaining by hitting two free throws. After a Upper Iowa miss, Shannon Thompson (So., G, Rosemount, Minn.) grabbed the ball and rifled the ball to Borstner who was intentionally fouled at the basket. Epema stepped in for an injured Borstner at the line. The junior guard hit both shots to tie the game 61-61 with 1:18 left in the game. The Beavers got the ball after the two shots and went ahead 63-61 when McKay connected on a layup.

Upper Iowa countered on the opposite end when Otting hit a layup with 1:03 left to tie the game 63-63. Thompson got fouled on the layup on the Bemidji State side of the court and went to the charity stripe where she sank two free throws to put BSU ahead 65-63 with 47 seconds remaining. McKean was fouled following an offensive rebound by the Peacocks. The UIU guard hit one free throw but a lane violation nulled the second shot making the game 65-64 with 35 seconds left. Up one, UIU put on the press but Thompson fired a pass down to an unguarded Epema who hit the layup to give BSU the 67-64 advantage with 11 seconds left.

With one shot left Jacobson fired a three for the Peacocks. McKean got the offensive board underneath, made the layup and was fouled. The UIU free throw shot was nullified on a lane violation. The Peacocks were forced to foul sending Epema to the line. The BSU junior hit one-of-two to put BSU ahead 68-66 with three seconds left. UIU attempted a half-court shot at the end of the game but missed to give BSU the victory.

Bemidji State University went into the half with a 30-20 advantage over the Peacocks. Lee led the Beavers in the first half with 10 points on two-of-four shooting from the field. The guard was five-of-five from the charity stripe as BSU went seven-of-eight from the free throw line in the opening period. McKay added seven points and four rebounds for BSU in the first half. The Beavers shot 10-of-24 from the floor in the first half for 41.7 percent. Both teams had 19 rebounds in the first half. Upper Iowa got within three points with 1:27 remaining but Bemidji State closed out the first half with a 7-0 run starting with Epema’s three with 1:10 left in the half.

Upper Iowa was paced by Jacobson and Otting who both tallied seven points in the opening period. Heidi McKean led the Peacocks on the glass with six rebounds. Upper Iowa struggled from the field as they connected on only eight-of-35 of their shots for 22.9 percent. The Peacocks shot 12 three pointers but connected on only two for 16.7 percent.

Friday night’s last second thriller marks the third-consecutive BSU game that has been decided in the final 30 seconds. BSU came away with a victory over Southwest Minnesota State in the final seconds and saw a win snatched away from them on a last second jumper by Minnesota State University.

Bemidji State University will wrap up the 2010-11 campaign on Saturday against Winona State University with a 5 p.m. tip at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minn.

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