BEMIDJI – The U-Mary Marauders used a torrid shooting stretch to close the first half and rode the lead all the way home in a 78-63 win over the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team Friday night.
Mary came into the game averaging 25 three-point attempts per game and it didn’t show anything resembling a concession in the first half.
BSU followed the more conventional path and the teams went toe-to-toe for 10 minutes.
Trailing only 20-17, BSU was having success by getting touches in the post while Mary was responding with penetration by Ali Collins who would kick out to a shooter.
The dam, however, was about to burst.
The culprit was Marauder forward McKenzie Foster. Foster had already made three of her first six 3-pointers, a good night for most. But not this night.
In the final 6:47 of the half Foster made five straight treys.
Kelsey Peltier added another and the Beavers were in trouble.
Add to the fire eight BSU turnovers and you come up with a 24-5 run and a 53-29 halftime lead for the Marauders.
“You have to give Foster credit,” said BSU coach Mike Curfman. “We tried a bunch of different things, but she made the shots.”
Foster finished the half with 24 points while Collins added 11.
Lanae Rash led the home team with 7.
BSU made life difficult on itself with 18 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The second half opened with a very different tone. Bemidji State brought a renewed energy to the defensive end and Kate Warmack asserted herself in the paint.
The result was an opening 16-0 run. Warmack fueled the run with three buckets, two assists and two free throws to pull the Beavers within eight.
But Collins steadied the Mary ship and the threat was contained.
“We felt we could be successful inside” said Curfman.
But the quickness of the Marauders made that path difficult.
Foster lead all scorers with her 24 first-half points. Collins added 19 to go along with 7 steals and 5 steals.
BSU was lead by Warmack’s 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rash kicked in 13 and Morgan Lee 11.
BSU finished the night with a punishing 25 turnovers, 17 coming via steals by the Marauders.
The Beavers dropped their third straight game and fell to 5-3 and 1-3 in the NSIC. Mary climbed to 6-3, 2-2.
BSU continues conference play at 4 p.m. today when it hosts Minot State.