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Bemidji St. women's basketball: Epema leads Beavers past Viterbo

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team defeated Viterbo University 71-66 in a nonconference game Thursday at R.W. Beggs Senior Gymnasium.

BSU sophomore Sydney Epema tallied a team-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

The victory against the V-Hawks gives BSU a three-game winning streak and keeps the Beavers perfect on the road in 2009-10 at a 4-0 mark.

"We shot the ball well, but didn't play as sharp as we have been," said BSU head coach Mike Curfman. "It was good to get a win, especially on the road, despite not playing our best. It was great to get a lot of players some minutes and each player scored, so hopefully that experience pays off down the road."

Epema knocked down a 3-pointer on the Beavers' (7-3, 2-2 NSIC) first possession of the game and it was all BSU for the rest of the first half.

The Beavers had a lead as large as 12 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, en route to a nine point lead at the half with a 38-29 advantage.

BSU freshman Katie Pettit iced the game with two free throws that gave the Beavers a 71-66 lead that would stand as the final score.

Freshman Jessie Althoff and junior Anna Hebrink each tallied 10 points, while Hebrink added a team-high five assists and four rebounds.

The BSU bench scored 29 points in the win and outscored the Viterbo bench by 20 points.

The Beavers host Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday at 3 p.m.