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Bemidji State’s Allison McKee, right, drives against Minnesota-Duluth’s Kayia Sygulla during the first half of an NSIC women’s game Friday night at BSU Gymnasium. The Bulldogs beat the Beavers 85-56. BSU photo Services
Bemidji State’s Allison McKee, right, drives against Minnesota-Duluth’s Kayia Sygulla during the first half of an NSIC women’s game Friday night at BSU Gymnasium. The Bulldogs beat the Beavers 85-56. BSU photo Services

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Minnesota Duluth capitalizes on turnovers to top Bemidji State 85-56

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BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s team hosted the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Friday night. The Bulldogs were anything but gracious guests.

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UMD waltzed away with a convincing 85-56 win in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.

The game opened with contrasting styles starkly on display. BSU came out in a stingy 2-3 zone, while the Bulldogs showed off a man to man with serious ball pressure. For much of the early going, both styles were effective.

An early 7-0 run gave Duluth the lead at 12-6. From here, BSU senior guard Shannon Thompson dropped back to back 3-point bombs to tie the game and keep the Bulldogs at bay.

Another mini run by UMD pushed the lead to 11 with just over 5 minutes in the half, but the Beavers once again cut into the lead.

This time, Morgan Lee stepped up with a pair of treys of her own to keep the deficit manageable, but the Duluth pressure was beginning to take a toll. BSU ended the half down 41-28.

The home team committed 14 turnovers in the first half. The Bulldogs converted those turnovers into 11 points and combined that with another 8 second chance points.

“They are athletic and they are long” BSU coach Mike Curfman said. “That is just hard to go against.”

UMD’s Katrina Newman had slashed her way to 14 points by the midway point of the game, while Lee’s 12 points were tops for BSU.

Any hopes of a second half reprieve for BSU were quickly dashed as the Duluth pressure forced four more turnovers in the first three minutes. That pressure fueled a 19-3 run by the Bulldogs, and the outcome was all but decided.

By the final, Duluth had scored 33 points off 28 turnovers by BSU, and at least for this night, the ball pressure was the true winner.

Newman led the Bulldogs with 23 points followed by Courtney Doucette with 15.

Lee’s 18 led the Beavers, while Kate Warmack added 12.

The win lifts the Bulldogs to 13-12 on the season and 10-11 in the conference. BSU falls to 11-14 and 7-14 respectively.

BSU will close out the regular season at 4 p.m. today, hosting the Huskies of St. Cloud State.

Minnesota-Duluth (85) – K.Newman 8-18 5-7 23; Doucette 4-7 5-6 15; J.Newman; 4-13 1-1 11; Whitney 4-6 3-4 11; Kerkhoff 3-6 0-0 7; Sygulla 2-4 2-2 6; Rutten 1-3 2-2 4; Payeur 0-0 2-2 2; Meyer 0-1 2-2 2; Flood 1-3 0-0 2; Salmon 0-0 1-2 1; Dillenger 0-1 1-2 1; Walter 0-0 0-0 0; Lueck 0-3 0-0 0; Sorenson 0-2 0-0 0; Guetter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 24-30 85.

Bemidji State (56) – Lee 5-9 5-6 18; Warmack 4-8 4-6 12; Thompson 3-9 0-0 9; Kaus 3-5 1-3 7; Althoff 1-3 2-2 4; Rash 0-2 3-4 3; Wessling 1-1 0-0 2; Youngblut 0-5 1-2 1; Valley 0-0 0-0 0; Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0; McKee 0-2 0-0 0; Reichert 0-3 0-0 0; Koss 0-0 0-0 0; Carlson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 16-23 56.

Halftime Score – UMD 41, BSU 28

3-point goals – UMD 7-27 (J.Newman 2-11; Doucette 2-5; K.Newman 2-6; Kerkhoff 1-1; Flood 0-2; Lueck 0-2), BSU 6-18 (Lee 3-5; Thompson 3-5; Youngblut 0-4; McKee 0-2; Reichert, Emily 0-2).

Fouled Out – UMD-Whitney, BSUNone.

Rebounds – UMD 40 (Rutten 6), BSU 38 (Warmack 6). Assists – UMD 15 (Sygulla 8), BSU 9 (Youngblut 2; Thompson 2). Total fouls – UMD 20, BSU 22.

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