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Bemidji State's Sydney Epema guards the ball during the first half of Saturday afternoon's game against Winona State at the BSU Gymnasium. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Warriors stop Beaver women

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The Bemidji State University women's basketball team fell to Winona State University 78-67 Saturday in the final home game of the season.

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Freshman Shannon Thompson led BSU with 19 points in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest.

"We got good shots off and ran our offense well, but the shots just weren't falling," said head coach Mike Curfman. "We didn't do a good job of getting stops and got down by nine. We did good job of cutting it down to two in the second half, but Winona State is a good team and they made key shots."

The Beavers (12-12 overall and 6-12 NSIC) held a 13-11 lead with 11:17 remaining in the first half, but WSU (15-10 overall and 10-8 NSIC) tied the game on its next possession and then after a BSU turnover, the Warriors hit a 3-pointer which started a 10-0 run that put the Beavers down 21-13 with 9:40 left.

BSU did threaten the WSU lead early in the second frame, starting on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to two at 44-42 with 14:32 remaining. The Beavers used four points from junior center Colleen McKay two from freshman Jessie Althoff and a 3-pointer from Thompson to get back in the game. BSU then stalled out at 42 and the Warriors scored seven unanswered points to regain a nine-point advantage.

The Beavers complete the 2009-10 campaign with two road contests. The first is Wednesday at Minnesota-Duluth and the finale is Feb. 27 against Wayne State.

WINONA STATE: Gigler 7-13 6-6 20; Wurtz 6-14 2-4 18; Wolff 3-5 2-2 11; Dulas 3-5 2-2 9; McDonald 3-5 2-2 8; Tobin 2-6 1-2 5; Bjorke 1-3 2-2 4; Glander 1-2 0-0 3; Steffen 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-56 17-20 78.

BEMIDJI STATE: Thompson 7-11 1-1 19; Althoff 6-14 4-4 17; Hebrink 3-6 0-0 8; Davis 2-5 2-2 7; Rosecrans 3-5 0-0 6; McKay 2-7 0-0 4; Epema 1-13 0-0 3; Pettit 1-4 0-0 2; Kaus 0-1 1-3 1; Sampson 0-1 0-0 0; Baldwin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-68 8-10 67.

Winona State 42 36 - 78

Bemidji State 33 34 - 67

3-point goals--Winona State 9-18 (Wurtz 4-7; Wolff 3-4; Dulas 1-2; Glander 1-2; Steffen 0-3), Bemidji State 9-29 (Thompson 4-6; Hebrink 2-4; Althoff 1-2; Davis 1-2; Epema 1-10; Baldwin 0-1; Pettit 0-2; McKay 0-2).

Rebounds--Winona State 46 (Wurtz 11), Bemidji State 30 (McKay 9). Assists--Winona State 17 (Wolff 6), Bemidji State 14 (Rosecrans 4). Total fouls--Winona State 14, Bemidji State 19. A-548

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