|January 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM-W||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.267 (16-60)||.317 (19-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.208 (5-24)||.273 (3-11)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (16-22)||.767 (23-30)|
Zabel - 2
Van Wyhe - 2
Zabel - 1
Lee - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team downed Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday, 64-53, in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at BSU Gymnasium. Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) totaled 25 points and senior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, N.D.) added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
BSU entered the contest 7-0 when leading or tied at halftime in the 2013-14 season and with the win tonight, continued the streak to 8-0 after leading 28-24, thanks to a 14-5 run during the middle of the first frame to own it a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
All three seniors for the Beavers scored in double figures against the Dragons, while Warmack posted her eighth double-double of the season. She also added six blocks to tie a career-high. Her first block of the night was her 100th to become the fourth player in BSU program history to reach the milestone, while her 105 career swats ranks third all-time.
Senior Jessie Althoff (F, Becker, Minn.) recorded 11 points and freshman Hanna Zerr (G, Shakopee, Minn.) added seven points, while junior Melissa Youngblut (Davenport, Iowa) made her first start of the season and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
The Beavers shot 31.7 percent from the field, while they held MSUM to 26.7 percent. BSU was only able to shot 27.3 percent from 3-point land, but held MSUM to only 20.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Beavers lost the rebounding battle 51-42, but scored 17 points off of 16 MSUM miscues.
The start of the game was back and forth between the two teams, but the Dragons pulled away with an 8-0 run with 14:39 left in the first half to make the score 9-8. The Beavers fought back and with 12:05 left in the first the Beavers went on a 12-3 run for a seven minute stretch to put the score at 21-20 in favor of the road team with 4:47 left in the first half.
The MSU Moorhead advantage would be its last of the game, as BSU finished the opening 20 minutes on an 8-3 run. With the score tied three times and the lead changed eight times the Beavers would head into the locker room with the lead, 28-24. BSU would score nine points off of turnovers and six points off of second chances in the first half.
The Dragons came out strong the second half and cut the deficit to one at 30-29 with 17:02 left in the contest, but the Beavers would go on an 8-1 run with 15:37 left in the game taking the 38-31 advantage.
Both teams battled back and forth with one another and BSU would only lead 45-44 with 9:50 left in the second half, but a jumper by Lee, then Althoff, would secure a four-point lead at 49-45 with 7:24 left in the game. MSUM kept fighting against the Beavers and committed some tough fouls, but BSU would repeatedly respond to any point the Dragons put down and would increase their lead by 11 in the end, 64-53.
The Beavers take on Northern State University Saturday at 4 pm in the BSU Gymnasium.
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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).