|February 18, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUWBB||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.304 (17-56)||.484 (30-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.481 (13-27)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (12-15)||.727 (8-11)|
MANKATO, Minn. – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team fell 81-50 at Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season road finale. With the loss the Beavers have fallen in five straight and move to 8-17 overall and 6-14 in NSIC play. Nine different Mavericks hit shots from beyond the arc in the game, as MSU went 9-for-17 (52.9%) in the first half and 13-for-27 (48.1%) in the game from outside the arc.
The Mavericks opened the contest with a 9-0 run to take the early advantage three minutes into the game. Sophomore Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board with 16:19 remaining in the contest. MSU continued to push its lead to 12 as it owned the 16-4 lead five minutes in.
The Beavers responded with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to six, but the Maverick 3-point shot got hot and the home team opened a 27-12 advantage with 8:13 remaining. The Maverick defense continued to frustrate BSU through the rest of the half and the Beavers weren’t able to stop the height and precision shooting of MSU and trailed 47-29 at the half.
The Mavericks shot 9-for-17 (52.9%) from beyond the arc in the first half and was 54.5 percent from the field. The Beavers shot a respectable 45.8 percent from the field and was 2-for-5 (40%) from 3-point land, but 11 turnovers by BSU turned into 21 points for the Mavericks and allowed them to take nine more shots in the half. The Beavers were guided by sophomore guard Melissa Borstner (East Bethel, Minn.) in the half, as she contributed seven points and two rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
The Beavers came out of the locker room with physical play that was rewarded with points on the offensive end, but the Mavericks continued to shoot lights out from beyond the arc and by three and a half minutes into the frame MSU had reached 11 3-pointers by eight different players. The Beavers continued to play physical basketball the rest of the half, but couldn’t convert on their opportunities in the 31 point loss.
BSU shot 30.4 percent from the field in the game, but the glaring stat of the game was its 23 turnovers that was converted into 30 points for the Mavericks. Sophomore guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Wis.) guided BSU in the game with 11 points. Warmack finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Borstner contributed seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench.
The Beavers close the 2011-12 campaign Feb. 24-25 at home against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).