February 17, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State362157
Southwest Minnesota294372
Stats at a GlanceBSUWBBSMSU
FG Percentage.352 (19-54) .407 (22-54)
3P FG Percentage.273 (6-22) .273 (6-22)
FT Percentage.684 (13-19) .815 (22-27)
Offensive Rebounds910
Defensive Rebounds2330
Total Rebounds3240
Bench Points2431
PointsWessling - 17
Holleman - 18
ReboundsTEAM - 9
Beeler - 9
AssistsThompson - 4
Watts - 6
StealsThompson - 2
Wessling - 2
Borstner - 2
Voss - 2
Bonlander - 2
BlocksWarmack - 1
Corrick - 1
McKee - 1
Kaus - 1
Watts - 2
Beavers fall 72-57 at Mustangs in tale of two halves
Friday, February 17, 2012
Beavers fall 72-57 at Mustangs in tale of two halves

MARSHALL, Minn. – For the third consecutive game the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team left a first half lead on the table, as it fell 72-57 at Southwest Minnesota State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn. The loss was the fourth straight for the Beavers who move to 8-16 overall and 6-13 in NSIC play. Sophomore Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) guided BSU with 17 points and four rebounds.

The Beavers came out of the gates on a mission and used the first three minutes to open a 12-4 advantage on 5-for-5 shooting from the field, forcing an early timeout from the Mustang bench. The break enabled SMSU to reset and the home team posted a 7-0 run to trail by just one at 12-11 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.

With the score at 16-15 midway through the frame the Beavers posted a 10-0 run to open an 11 point advantage with 7:46 remaining. The Mustangs were able to get as close as five at 34-29 with 1:47 left in the half, but the Beavers kept SMSU off the scoreboard the rest of the half and held a 36-29 lead heading into the locker room.

Good ball movement got the Beavers open for shots in the first half and that led to a 48.1 shooting percentage from the field in the half. On the defensive end BSU held the Mustangs to a 29.6 percentage from the field. Wessling was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the line to lead all players with 14 points. BSU as a team was 5-for-13 (38.5%) from 3-point land, while the Mustangs were 3-for-12 (25%).

BSU came out and opened a 40-31 lead 2:30 into the half, but the Mustangs responded with a 16-0 run that held the Beavers scoreless for 6:13 of game clock. Senior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.) finally broke the lull with a drive and bucket to put the score at 47-42 11:11 left in regulation.

The Mustangs lead went to nine at 54-45 with 8:50 to go, but the Beavers posted a 4-0 run to get within five with 8:19 showing on the game clock.  BSU was down 58-52 with 6:06 remaining, but again the Beaver offense stalled out and the Mustangs went on 8-0 over three minutes of play and the SMSU lead was 66-52 with 3:15 left. The Beavers were able to cut the deficit to 10 on an old-fashioned 3-point play from junior Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) with 2:33 remaining, but that would be as close as BSU would get, en route to the 15 point loss.

Poor shooting (22.2%) from the Beavers and hot shooting from the Mustangs (51.9%) in the second half led to the switch on the scoreboard. BSU finished shooting 35.2 percent, while SMSU posted a 40.7 percentage from the field. The Beavers were outrebounded 40-32 and made just one 3-pointer in the second half. Wessling got to 17 points of 5-for-10 shooting. Sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) had 11 points and Baldwin had 10 for BSU.
The Beavers travel to Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 18 to wrap-up the 2011-12 NSIC road season.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).