|November 06, 2011||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MINN|
|FG Percentage||.286 (14-49)||.419 (31-74)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (6-24)||.091 (1-11)|
|FT Percentage||.842 (16-19)||.806 (29-36)|
Thompson - 1
Lee - 1
Dvorak - 1
Loberg - 1
Banham - 1
MINNEAPOLIS – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell 92-50 to University of Minnesota Sunday in an exhibition contest at Williams Arena. The Beavers played with the Gophers for most of the first half, but went cold in the second half en route to the loss. BSU has 10 student-athletes on the roster from Minnesota.
The Beavers got on the board first after senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) converted on both her free throws after being fouled under the basket. Junior guard Shannon Thompson (Rosemount, Minn.) gave BSU a 4-0 lead early, but Minnesota responded with a 13-2 run to make the score read 13-6 five minutes into the contest.
Two 3-pointers from Thompson and one from senior Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) got the Beavers back into the game with 11:46 remaining in the half, as the score was 17-15 in Minnesota’s favor. But the Gophers again responded with a run and scored six unanswered points to own a 23-15 lead with less than eight showing in the frame.
The Gophers stretched their lead to double-digits for the first time with just over five minutes left in the half at 32-21. Minnesota continued its pressure on defense and got some quick buckets to open a 40-26 lead with just two minutes left in the half. The Beavers then found some energy and ran with the Gophers for the final minutes and were down 46-32 at the break.
The Beavers had seven blocks in the half, but were no match underneath as the Gophers held a 27-16 lead on the boards, including 15 offensive rebounds that translated into 13 second chance points. The pressure applied by UM handed the Beavers 10 turnovers, which translated into seven points off turnovers for the home team. BSU shot 41.7 percent from the field in the first half and were led by Thompson’s nine points, three rebounds and three assists.
The Beavers went cold to start the second half and Minnesota continued to roll, opening a 21 point lead at 62-41 with just over 12 minutes showing on the clock. Struggles shooting and tenacious Minnesota defense kept the Beavers out of rhythm through the rest of the half as BSU fell 92-50. The Beavers shot just 16.0 percent from the field, while the Gophers were 41.9 percent in the half. BSU had 11 turnovers in the half and 21 in the game, while only creating eight UM turnovers. BSU ended the game getting outrebounded 54-29, including 22 Gopher offensive boards that gave them 23 second chance points.
The Gophers had five players in double digits in the game, while the Beavers didn’t had just one as Davis posted 10 points. Thompson and sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) each had nine points for BSU. Five different players, inlcuding Thompson and Warmack had three rebounds to lead BSU. Thompson also added five assists. Every player that dressed saw the floor for BSU.
The Beavers (1-0) continue regular season play Nov. 19 in a home game against Mayville State University at 2 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).