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BSU corrals Stangs

Career nights from Heidi Matzke and Stephanie Peterson helped the Bemidji State women's basketball team win the first of an important 2-game weekend by beating Southwest Minnesota State 80-68 Friday night.

Matzke tied a career high with 26 points while Peterson set a career high with 18 rebounds. Both were game-highs.

After averaging a modest 10.7 points per game through the first 16 games, Matzke has put up 26 points in each of the last two games.

"I've just been going out there but because the coaches have confidence in me it gives me more confidence," Matzke said.

Peterson, who also added 13 points, entered the game averaging 11 rebounds per game.

"We knew they crashed hard to the basket so we just wanted to get out there and make sure we stayed strong on the glass and didn't allow and second-chance points," said Peterson who had 11 rebounds at halftime. "We worked on it a lot on practice this week and that's key for us because we're a little undersized in the post."

The 6-foot Peterson battled a pair of 6-foot-2 centers all night. The duo of Betsy Tasca and Heidi Kimmes combined for four points and 14 rebounds.

Despite SMSU's height advantage, BSU outscored the Mustangs by 12 points in the paint.

Nancy McConkey, BSU's other post player, hit 14 points.

The win kept the Beavers within reach of a top-four finish in the NSIC and home court for the opening round of the season-ending tournament.

But tonight's game with Wayne State could put the Beavers in even better position.

"We have to finish out the weekend," Matzke said. "We are very capable of getting a sweep this weekend...we just have to follow up with it."

It took a while for the Beavers to put away the pesky Mustangs.

Amy Lawson put BSU up 11-4 four minutes into the game with a layup but a layup by Andrea Fennern five minutes later put SMSU up 17-13.

The game went back and forth over the next five minutes but BSU ended the half on a 9-3 run to take a slim 39-33 lead at halftime.

Fennern, who finished with 15 points, hit a 3-pointer early in the second to knot the score at 39-39.

Then, behind 12 points from Matzke, the Beavers took a 58-48 lead at the 13:40 mark.

From there BSU grabbed a 14-point lead four times before two late free throws by the Mustangs.

Colleen Boell finished with 10 points for BSU behind two 3s. Bridget Smith also canned two 3s and the remaining four came from Matzke.

The win pushed the Beavers to 10-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play.

"It's the second half of the conference season so we wanted to get off to a good start; come out positive and keep it going," Peterson said.

Kady Telschow led SMSU with 21 points and Sara Leidall hit 13. Tasca led with 11 rebounds.

Bemidji State 80, SW Minn. State 68

SW Minn. State (4-15, 1-9 NSIC): Andrea Fennern 6-19 0-2 15, Sara Leidall 6-9 1-2 13, Abby Oakland 0-5 2-2 2, Kady Telschow 8-12 2-2 21, Betsy Tasca 2-7 0-0 4, Heidi Kimmes 0-1 0-0 0, Erin Oakland 0-4 0-0 0, Laura VanOverbeke 1-8 6-6 8, Megan Wittkop 2-8 0-0 5, Allison Zeske 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-73 11-14 68.

Bemidji State (10-8, 6-4): Heidi Matzke 7-14 8-8 26, Nancy McConkey 4-8 6-8 14, Kate Bremmer 2-5 0-0 4, Amy Lawson 2-6 1-3 5, Stephanie Peterson 4-9 5-6 13, Bridget smith 2-5 0-0 6, kelly Landsverk 0-1 0-0 0, Colleen Boell 4-8 0-0 10, Melissa Roberts 0-3 0-0 0, Katherin Jamnick 0-0 0-0 0, Jenny Wenlund 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-62 20-25 80.

Halftime - Bemidji State 39-33. 3-point goals - Bemidji State 8-17 (Matzke 4-5, McConkey 0-1, Bremmer 0-1, Lawson 0-1, Smith 2-4, Landsverk 0-1, Boell 2-4), SW Minn. State 7-27 (Fennern 3-11, Oakland 0-4, Telschow 3-5, Kimmes 0-1, Oakland 0-1, VanOverbeke 0-1, Wittkop 1-4). Fouled out - Leidall, Tasca. Technicals - none. Rebounds - Bemidji State 49 (Peterson 18), SW Minn. State 40 (Tasca 11). Assists - Bemidji State 17 (Matzke 5), SW Minn. State 13 (Oakland 5). Turnovers - Bemidji State 15 (Matzke 5), SW Minn. State 11 (three with 3). Total fouls - Bemidji State 15, SW Minn. State 22. A - NA. Officials - Brad Sulliason, Mike Gullingsrude, Mike Kollness.