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Warriors pull away for win over Beaver women

Colleen McKay of Bemidji State goes up for a shot over Winona State's Afton Glander Friday night at the BSU?Gymnasium. BSU?Photo

Winona State outscored Bemidji State 19-8 to finish the first half Friday night and went on to post an 81-64 women's basketball victory at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers (3-4 0-3 NSIC) played evenly with the Warriors for the first 10 minutes. But BSU miscues allowed the Warriors to pull away from there.

"In the first 10 minutes, I thought we played really well," said Bemidji coach Mike Curfman. "After that, we had some really untimely turnovers, really unforced turnovers, I thought. They are too good of a team to make poor decisions and stay in the game."

The undefeated Warriors used a full-court press to build on their lead in the second half. They soon saw the advantage grow to 20 points.

The Beavers were plagued by their own mistakes. They turned it over 23 times, leading to 37 Warrior points.

The Beavers' offensive attack was fueled by their post players. Senior center Colleen McKay led the team with 14 points and seven rebounds. She made 6 of 10 shots from the floor. Sophomore center Jessie Althoff added 12 points.

"They had way too many second-chance points," said Curfman. "Eight (rebounds) in the first half and six in the second half. You have got to get a body on someone and box out, we have got to a better job of that. We have got the size and strength to do it. We need to have the mindset that every time a shot goes up 'I need to go find someone and box them out and go get the ball.'"

Bemidji State returns to its home court at 4 p.m. today to face Upper Iowa.

WINONA STATE: Gigler 6-9 7-7 19; Wolff 5-13 2-2 14; McDonald 6-9 2-2 14; Alberson 3-7 0-0 8; Glander 3-5 0-0 6; Busch 1-4 3-4 5; Wells 2-3 1-2 5; Andrist 2-5 0-0 5; Naumann 1-2 1-1 3; Tobin, Michelle 1-3 0-1 2; Rice, Darcey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-62 16-19 81.

BEMIDJI STATE: McKay 6-10 2-3 14; Althoff 5-10 1-2 12; Hebrink 3-7 0-0 8; Wessling 2-3 3-4 7; Lee 2-3 2-2 7; Baldwin 3-9 0-0 7; Warmack 2-3 0-0 4; Epema 1-3 0-0 3; Thompson 1-3 0-0 2; Davis 0-1 0-0 0; Borstner 0-0 0-0 0; Underwood 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 8-11 64.

Winona State 39 42 - 81

Bemidji State 28 36 - 64

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