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Beaver women top Peacocks 79-65 for first NSIC win

Bemidji State's Ellie Wessling drives to the basket past Upper Iowa's Jennifer Herrick (15) and Carrie Thoma. BSU?Photo

The Bemidji State women's basketball team earned its first conference win of the season Saturday with a 79-65 win over Upper Iowa at the BSU Gymnasium.

"It is huge," said Beavers coach Mike Curfman. "I thought we played a much more complete game tonight. We get that monkey off of our back and hopefully we can build from this."

The Beavers (4-4 1-3 NSIC) capitalized on 13 first-half Peacock turnovers to gain a 38-30 lead.

"We did to them what other teams have been doing to us," said Curfman. "We played a little more full-court defense and got some easy baskets."

Senior center Colleen McKay scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half to carry the Beavers. She also pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds.

Freshman guard Ellie Wessling took control in the second half, scoring 15 of her game-high 21 points after the break. She made 8 of 8 free throws.

Senior guard Anna Hebrink had a balanced game, scoring nine points, grabbing four boards and leading the team with five assists.

The Beavers missed only two of their 28 free throws and went 18 of 18 from the line in the second half.

"I thought we did a pretty good job closing out the game," said Curfman. "They hit a couple threes, but I thought we did a good job taking care of the ball and making our free throws down the stretch.

"It was a good win for us."

Bemidji State will return to action Friday at 6 p.m., when they travel to Aberdeen, S.D., to face Northern State.

UPPER IOWA: McKean 5-13 2-6 16; Deiters 6-10 2-2 14; Otting 4-13 1-2 11; Herrick 4-6 1-1 11; Arndt 2-6 1-1 6; Jacobson 2-7 0-0 4; Thoma 1-3 0-0 2; Westgaard 0-3 1-2 1; Klieman 0-0 0-0 0; Garcia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 8-14 65.

BEMIDJI STATE: Wessling 6-9 8-8 21; McKay 6-13 6-7 18; Althoff 4-10 2-2 11; Hebrink 2-10 4-4 9; Baldwin 2-6 2-3 7; Lee 1-3 2-2 4; Warmack 1-3 2-2 4; Epema 1-3 0-0 3; Borstner 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 24-62 26-28 79.

Upper Iowa 30 35 - 65

Bemidji State 38 41 - 79

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