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The No. 8 ranked Wayne State Wildcats bolted to a 9-0 lead and never looked back against the visiting Bemidji State University women's basketball team Sunday and posted a 74-49 home victory.

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The Beavers, who have lost six straight games, dipped to 5-9 overall and 3-6 in the NSIC.

The Wildcats (15-1, 9-1 NSIC) jumped to a 9-0 lead before the Beavers could get their first bucket on Shannon Thompson's lay-up 3:47 into the contest. Morgan Lee's 3-pointer on the next BSU possession made the score 9-5 but WSC countered with a 13-3 run.

The Wildcats kept pushing while the Beavers couldn't find a rhythm. BSU finally found some offense and the Wildcats cooled a bit and the Beavers won the rest of the half 15-7 and trailed at the break 44-29.

Thompson came out in the second half and knocked down a 3-pointer on BSU's first possession to get the Beavers within 12 but Wayne State responded with a dagger from downtown a minute later to regain control.

Ellie Wessling led the Beavers with a season-high 16 points. Thompson was the only other Beaver in double-figures as she had 14 points.

The Beavers now have a four straight games at home to try and break the losing skid, starting with St. Cloud State Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.

BSU (5-9, 3-6 NSIC): Wessling, Ellie 7-12 2-2 16; Thompson 5-9 0-0 14; Warmack 2-7 2-2 6; Lee 2-11 0-0 6; Baldwin 1-5 1-2 3; Kaus 0-2 2-4 2; Lee 0-2 1-3 1; Tompkins 0-1 1-3 1; McKee 0-1 0-0 0; Davis 0-9 0-0 0; Borstner 0-1 0-0 0; Carlson 0-0 0-0 0; Corrick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-60 9-16 49.

Wayne State (15-1, 9-1 NSIC): Arlen 12-16 1-2 26; Yossi 5-10 0-0 13; Schwartzwald 3-5 1-2 8; Hansen 2-6 2-2 8; Duwelius 2-7 0-0 5; Benson 2-5 0-2 4; Kalbfell 2-6 0-0 4; Gerdes 1-1 0-0 2; Amundson 1-2 0-1 2; Epp 1-2 0-0 2; Brown 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 4-9 74.

Bemidji State 29 20 - 49

Wayne State 44 30 - 74

3-point goals--Bemidji State 6-20; Wayne State 8-23

Total fouls--Bemidji State 15; Wayne State 12.

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