|November 03, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||LHO||BSUWBB|
|FG Percentage||.328 (21-64)||.493 (34-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.238 (5-21)||.471 (8-17)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.840 (21-25)|
Kaus - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn - Junior guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) scored 14 points and added career-highs in assists (9) and steals (7) as the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team rolled to a 97-61 victory against Lakehead University (Ontario) Thursday at the BSU Gymnasium. All 13 Beavers that played scored at least a point with sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) contributing a career-high 18 points.
The Beavers (1-0) shot 49.3 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from beyond the arc and 84 percent from the charity stripe. BSU outrebounded its opponent from the north 48-33. The Beavers posted 23 assists on the night, the most since the last time they scored more than 97 points, which was Nov. 20, 2009 vs Martin Luther (108-63). BSU also won the steals category 16-9 and blocks 6-1.
Thompson played the most minutes for BSU (28) and only turned the ball over once. Warmack added nine rebounds and two blocks, shooting 7-of-14 (50%) from the field and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. Sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) was the other Beaver in double-digits with 11 points. Senior Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) had nine points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Fellow senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) had six points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. The newcomers combined for 29 points, led by Allison McKee’s (G, New Brighton, Minn.) nine points and five rebounds on 3-of-5 (60%) shooting from the field.
A Thompson 3-pointer a minute into the game gave BSU a 5-2 lead and from then on the Beavers wouldn’t trail. After six minutes of play the Beavers only led by one at 13-12 and with 5:17 to go in the first half held a slim 31-28 advantage. But a 16-6 run to close the first 20 minutes of play would guide the Beavers to a 47-34 lead heading into the locker room. Davis posted seven of her nine points during the run, including an and-one, three-point play.
The Beavers stretched the lead to 20 on a deep 3-point dagger from Wessling, giving BSU the 54-34 advantage two minutes into the half. The lead never dipped below 20 after that point, giving head coach Mike Curfman an opportunity to play everyone that dressed at least six minutes of playing time.
The Beavers go back to exhibition play Nov. 6 at University of Minnesota for a battle with the Gophers at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).