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Bemidji State freshman Melissa Borstner drives to the basket while being guarded by Mayville State's Eli Cosme-Gonzalez Tuesday night at the BSU?Gymnasium. BSU?Photo

Bemidji State women win season opener over Mayville State

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Bemidji State women win season opener over Mayville State
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The perfect basketball team features a mixture of seasoned veterans and future starters, but in the world of college basketball perfect seldom happens.


The Bemidji State University women's team is a case in point, as the BSU roster features only one senior, three juniors, a pair of sophomores and six freshmen.

Tuesday night in the home and season opener, however, the underclassmen played like veterans and the result was an 87-76 victory over Mayville State.

"One of the keys to the win was our point guard play," said Bemidji State coach Mike Curfman. "I was looking for the point guards to handle the pressure and both Shannon Thompson and Melissa Borstner did a very good job.

"I thought overall the team gave a very good effort and it started with our point guards," the coach said.

Borstner started her first varsity game as a freshman while Thompson is a sophomore who started six games last year and averaged 7.5 points.

Both players were instrumental in helping the Beavers snap a 64-64 deadlock and finish with a 21-12 spurt in the closing 8:25 which proved to be the difference.

Borstner finished with 15 points and Thompson had nine points and seven assists. Freshman Ellie Wessling also had a memorable collegiate debut as she scored 16 points.

"Mayville is a good team and they already had three games under their belts, but I thought our intensity and effort were excellent," Curfman said. "We had a few too many turnovers in the first half but I thought we really responded well in the second half. Offensively we put the ball in the hole and we played with energy on both ends of the court."

Both teams were slowed by mistakes in the opening 20 minutes as the Comets committed 16 turnovers and BSU 13.

The Beavers trailed 39-37 at intermission but were able to hang on until the decisive push in the final eight minutes.

"The kids were excited with the victory," Curfman said. "We had a good effort and we made some nice decisions in the second half that led to easy baskets."

Samantha Baldwin added 12 points for BSU, which heads to Mankato this weekend to face California (Pa.) at 5 p.m. Friday and Grand View at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Tip-Off Tournament.

MAYVILLE (0-4): Longtin 7-12 5-7 26; Cosme-Gonzalez 6-10 4-5 16; DeMorales 5-6 0-1 10; Taylor 4-6 1-3 9; Jackson 4-5 1-3 9; Smart 1-3 0-0 3; Tauer 0-2 2-2 2; Ericson 0-3 1-4 1; Wenaas 0-3 0-0 0; Laforet 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 14-25 76.

BEMIDJI STATE (1-0): Wessling 5-7 5-6 16; Borstner 5-11 4-6 15; Baldwin 2-5 8-8 12; Thompson 1-4 7-8 9; Althoff 3-6 2-2 8; Lee 2-8 0-0 6; Hebrink 1-5 3-4 6; Epema 2-10 0-0 6; McKay 2-4 1-4 5; Davis 2-3 0-0 4; Warmack 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 30-38 87.

Mayville State 39 37 - 76

Bemidji State 37 50 - 87


Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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