|February 22, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||SCSUW|
|FG Percentage||.452 (28-62)||.446 (29-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (6-13)||.448 (13-29)|
|FT Percentage||.900 (18-20)||.952 (20-21)|
Benson - 20
Moen - 1
Konopasek - 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team won the second half 45-42, but couldn’t overcome a 14-point first half deficit at St. Cloud State University and suffered a 91-80 loss to the Huskies Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at Halenbeck Hall.
Senior Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.) finished with a game-high 24 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Senior Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) posted 20 points and 10 rebounds for her 12 double-double of the season, tying the BSU single-season record set by Stephanie Peterson in 2006-07. She also added two blocks to set the program record for single season blocks with 52. She surpassed Sonia Stehr, who totaled 51 career blocks in 1995-96.
The Beavers shot 45.2 percent from the field in the game and after allowing SCSU to shoot 56.3 percent in the first half, held the Huskies to just 33.3 percent in the second for a 44.6 percentage for the game. St. Cloud State hit 13 3-pointers to BSU’s six. The Beavers committed 14 turnovers and the Huskies picked up 20 points on BSU’s miscues.
Two 3-pointers by St. Cloud State in the first minute of play gave the home team a 6-0 lead, but the Beavers responded with eight unanswered to open a 8-6 lead with 16:06 remaining. SCSU then posted a 13-2 run that pushed the Huskies’ lead to 19-10 with 12:05 showing on the game clock.
Two freshman center Katie Miller (Waseca, Minn.) jumpers ended the drought, but the Beavers still trailed 29-14 with 8:34 left in the first half. Lee responded and knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, but the Huskies answered each Beaver basket and extended their lead to 15 at 35-20 with 6:58 remaining. BSU cut the deficit to as close as 12 and the SCSU lead went as high as 18 before settling on 14 at 49-35 heading into the locker room.
The Huskies shot 56.3 percent from the field and knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half, while the Beavers shot 43.3 percent and hit four 3-pointers. Three of those long bombs by Bemidji State were by Lee, as she totaled 12 points in the first frame.
After Warmack converted on an and-one opportunity, SCSU posted an 8-0 run to open a 57-38 lead with 18:23 remaining in regulation. The Beavers responded with an 8-0 run of their own, then a freshman Tatum Sheley (G, Backus, Minn.) 3-pointer cut the deficit to just 10 at 59-49 with 15:13 to play.
The home team responded with a 5-0 run and the Huskies lead was back to a comfortable 64-49 advantage with 13:56 left. A freshman Aimee Pelzer (G, Upsala, Minn.) 3-point play got the BSU back to trailing by 10 at 66-56 with 10:22 remaining, but SCSU continued to stifle any Bemidji State comeback.
The lead finally dipped below double-digits on a Sheley 3-pointer with 5:39 remaining, 77-68, but a 5-2 run by the Huskies again pushed the deficit past 10. Lee hit a deep two with three minutes to play to cut the SCSU lead down to eight, 84-76. Pelzer went to the line and knocked down two free throws to delve into the Husky lead at 84-78, but SCSU responded with a bucket and would move on to earn the, 11-point victory.
The Beavers will learn their NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament seed and opponent later today when the NSIC releases the tournament bracket.
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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).