|January 10, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.469 (30-64)||.500 (35-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.739 (17-23)||.875 (21-24)|
Ashley - 22
TEAM - 5
Ashley - 5
SIOUX FALLS, S.D (Elmen Center) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team fell on the road to Augustana College Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest, 99-82, to move to 7-6, 3-6 in NSIC play. Senior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) recorded 23 points and nine rebounds.
Warmack went 9-for-14 (64.3%) from the field and 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the free throw line to record her fifth game with 20 or more points this season. Fellow seniors Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) and Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) added 17 and 15 points, respectfully. Lee posted a career-high seven assists and totaled three rebounds, while Althoff posted eight rebounds. Freshman Hanna Zerr (G, Shakopee, Minn.) was also in double figures with 11 points and four assists.
The Beavers shot the ball well from the field, 30-for-64 (46.9%), and got to the line for 23 attempts, which they made 17 for a 73.9 percentage. The problem Friday was turnovers, as 23 miscues allowed the Vikings to record 37 points off giveaways. Bemidji State was able to force 15 Augie turnovers, but only totaled 18 points as a result. The Vikings shot 50 percent from the field and hit eight 3-pointers to BSU’s five.
The Beavers came out and made a statement in the first two minutes of play and opened up a 7-0 lead, which included five points from Warmack. The Vikings then countered and recorded a 10-0 run that handed the home team a 10-7 lead four minutes into the game.
The first half would continue to be a back-and-forth affair with both teams owning small leads. With 5:24 remaining, Warmack converted on a layup to give BSU a 31-28 advantage, but Augie predictably came back and posted a 12-2 run that handed it a 40-33 lead with 2:58 showing on the first half game clock.
Again the momentum pendulum moved and the Beavers used a 10-5 run to cut the deficit to just two at 45-43 with 30 ticks left, but Augustana would be the ones on a high heading into the locker room after a 3-poitner with two seconds left handed it a 48-43 lead into the break.
The first half saw seven ties and five lead changes. Twelve of BSU’s turnovers came in the opening frame, allowing 21 points off turnovers. Warmack had 13 points and eight rebounds at the break.
BSU cut the Augie lead to just two twice in the 1:35 of the second half, the second time coming at 50-48 with 18:25 remaining, but the Vikings would go on to rattle off a 13-2 run to open a 13-point advantage at 63-50 with 15:02 remaining.
It took nearly six minutes for the Beavers to get back within single digits and trailed by just seven at 73-66 with 8:49 to play. Again the home team made a run BSU couldn’t keep up with and after a 15-4 stretch, led 88-70 with 5:38 to go. The Beavers trailed by 20 for the first time at 92-72 and never recovered in the 17-point loss.
The Beavers conclude the long road trip with No. 11 Wayne State College Saturday 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).