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Bemidji State's Samantha Baldwin (front) chases down a long rebound during the second half of Wednesday night's game against Minnesota-Duluth. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Bemidji State women's basketball: Bulldogs' defense shuts down BSU

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The Bemidji State University women's basketball team was held to a season low 41 points on Wednesday evening as the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs downed the Beavers, 74-41 at the BSU Gymnasium.

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The Bulldogs shot 46.4 percent from the field (32-69) and posted a 53-30 edge on the glass to improve to 12-7 in league play with the victory.

UMD had two players in double-figures with the pair of Jordanne Even and Emma Van Winkle leading the way with 15 and 13 points, respectively. Even was 3-of-8 from the field while Van Winkle was 6-of-10 from the floor. Jehri Booker added seven points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds with Monica Mayry dishing out a game-high six assists.

Freshman Kiki Phillips (G, Spencer, Wis.) led the Beavers in scoring for the third time this season netting eight points on 1-of-2 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, all of which came in the first half. Taylor Davis (Fr., F, Crookston, Minn.) grabbed a team-high six rebounds for the Beavers.

Minnesota Duluth led from wire-to-wire as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Megan Bates (Fr., F, Brainerd, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board with a jumper at the 15:31 mark of the first half.

The Bulldogs continued to apply heavy defensive pressure and eventually pushed their lead to as large as 20 points (37-17) with 3:47 left in the first frame. BSU scored four of the next seven points before the halftime break and found themselves down 19 at the intermission (40-21).

The second half was much of the same for the Beavers as the Bulldogs continued to pound the boards outscoring the Beavers 22-6 in the paint in the half and 48-14 for the game. Minnesota Duluth pushed its lead to as large as 35 and eventually earned a 33-point victory over the Beavers (74-41).

The Beavers were out shot 24.5 percent (13-53) to 46.4 percent (32-69) in the game and were 12-of-17 (.706) from the free-throw line while UMD converted 9 of its 14 (.643) freebies. Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball as BSU committed 24 turnovers to the Bulldogs 22.

BSU 24.5 percent shooting percentage was the lowest of the season for the Beavers while their 41 points was also a season low and the lowest point total by a Beaver squad since the Beavers were held to 41 points in a 57-41 loss to Southwest Minnesota State on Jan. 17, 2004.

The win gives UMD a 53-29 lead in the all-time series between the teams. The Bulldogs improve to 15-11 overall and 12-7 in the NSIC with the win while the Beavers fall to 3-23 overall and 1-18 in the NSIC.

Bemidji State will wrap up its season on Saturday (Feb. 28) when the Beavers host Wayne State College at the BSU Gymnasium. Tip off is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

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