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Bemidji State women's basketball team holds off Upper Iowa for win

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Bemidji State women's basketball team holds off Upper Iowa for win
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The Bemidji State women's basketball team began opened the final weekend of its season on a positive note with a 68-66 win over Upper Iowa on Friday.

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The Beavers (7-18, 4-17 NSIC) fought off the Peacocks' second half comeback to hold on for the victory.

Thanks to jumpers from junior guard Sydney Epema, freshman guard Morgan Lee, and senior center Colleen McKay; Bemidji outscored Upper Iowa 7-0 in the final minute of the first half. The Beavers led 30-20 at halftime.

McKay finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Lee led BSU with 16 points. She made three shots from behind the arc and sunk all five of her free throw attempts.

Upper Iowa crept back into the game after Bemidji went over five minutes without a made field goal. Lee ended the drought with another three. Bemidji led 44-39 with 10:36 left in the game.

That shot was the beginning of an 8-1 Beaver run which pushed its lead back to ten with just over eight minutes remaining.

The Peacocks answered by scoring the next 11 points to take their first lead, 51-50, since the opening minute.

BSU's clutch free throw shooting was enough to get the close win.

BSU shot 85 percent at the charity stripe; making 23 of its 27 attempts.

Epema finished the game with 11 points. Senior guard Anna Hebrink scored a dozen points and dished out a team-high five assists.

Bemidji State will conclude its season tonight at Winona State at 5 p.m.

BEMIDJI STATE: Lee 4-9 5-5 16; McKay 5-13 4-6 14; Hebrink 3-11 4-5 12; Epema 3-7 3-4 11; Warmack 2-5 0-0 4; Borstner 1-4 2-2 4; Wessling 1-4 1-1 3; Thompson 0-2 2-2 2; Van Haaften 0-0 2-2 2; Davis 0-0 0-0 0; Baldwin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 23-27 68.

UPPER IOWA: Jacobson 4-14 6-10 15; Otting 6-16 0-0 13; McKean 4-10 2-3 11; Deiters 5-7 0-0 10; Westgaard 2-7 5-6 9; Herrick 3-7 0-0 8; Thoma 0-0 0-0 0; Arndt 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 13-19 66.

Bemidji State 30 38 - 68

Upper Iowa 20 46 - 66

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