|December 06, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|Stats at a Glance||SCSUW||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.342 (25-73)||.545 (36-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (8-28)||.533 (8-15)|
|FT Percentage||.889 (24-27)||.792 (19-24)|
Lee - 1
Warmack - 1
Sheley - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward Wis.) posted a career-high 33 points, while senior center Kate Warmack (East Grand Forks, N.D.) and senior forward Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn) each added 17 points to help guide the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team to a 99-82 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory against St Cloud State University Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.
The win marked the first conference victory for the Beavers with four players scoring in double-figures. Lee shot 10-for-17 (58.8%) from the field, 4-for-6 (66.7%) from beyond the arc and 9-for-11 (81.8%) from the charity stripe to surpass her previous career-high of 32 points, set last season. She also added a team-high five assists and a squad-best three steals in 30 minutes of action.
Warmack recorded her NSIC-leading fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Althoff shot 8-for-15 (53.3%) form the field, while freshman guard Hanna Zerr (Shakopee, Minn) posted 11 points and also added nine rebounds.
The Beavers shot 58.8 percent from the field in the second half, en route to a 54.5 percent from the field, while they limited the Huskies to only 27 percent in the second frame and a 34.2 percentage overall. BSU won the rebounding battle 46-38 (15 offensive rebounds for BSU) with 17 points coming from second chances. BSU defeated SCSU in the paint scoring 40 points and limiting St. Cloud State to 30 points.
The Beavers came out strong with a 6-0 run, but St. Cloud State responded with a 7-2 run and trailed by just one at 8-7 five minutes into the game. The Beavers maintained a small lead during the next 10 minutes of play, owning a lead as high as eight at 24-16 with 7:19 to play in the opening 20 minutes.
The road team battled back and won the next three minutes with a 12-3 run and with 4:30 left in the first half, SCSU grabbed its first lead of the night at 28-27. The Beavers countered with a 7-0 run and changed the lead to 34-28. BSU was able to hold off a Huskies charge to own a three-point lead at 41-38 heading into the locker room.
St. Cloud State posted a 6-for-15 (40.0%) effort from 3-point land in the first half, while the Beavers were 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. SCSU recorded eight steals and forced the Beavers to 12 turnovers. Despite the lack of offense from long range and the turnovers, BSU shot 50 percent from the floor to open the first 20 minutes with the lead.
The Beavers came out on fire in the second half with a 19-9 run that increased the lead to 60-48 with 14:32 left on the clock and never looked back.
The Beavers had a very balanced second half hit a 20-point advantage over St. Cloud State with 8:28 left in the game at 79-59. Bemidji State increased the lead 91-75 just four minutes later, while a layup by Warmack and a 3-pointer from Lee would ice the victory for the Beavers.
The Beavers shot 8-for-11 (72.7%) from three-point land in the second half with both freshmen guards Allison Cordes (Roseville, Minn.) and Tatum Sheley (Backus Minn.) contributing to the barrage from downtown. Bemidji State constrained the Huskies to only shoot 2-for-13 (15.4%) from beyond the arc in the second half.
• After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, BSU limited its miscues to just four in the second half.
• Morgan Lee matched BSU’s season-high for points in the game, as Kate Warmack recorded 33 points just last game at University of Minnesota Crookston. The effort ties her for sixth on BSU’s single game scoring list. She has recorded games of 33, 29 and 27 points this season.
• Warmack entered the game fifth in the nation in double-doubles. She already has five after recording eight last season.
The Beavers continue NSIC play Saturday, taking on University of Minnesota Duluth at home beginning at 4 p.m.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).