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Bemidji State women's basketball: Surging Augustana ends BSU win streak

Bemidji State's Jessie Althoff works around Augustana's Faith Tinklenberg during the second half of Saturday's game at BSU Gymnasium. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The Bemidji State University women's basketball team lost 82-65 to the streaking Augustana College Vikings, which picked-up its eighth consecutive win of the season Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium.

The win ended a four-game winning streak for BSU.

BSU sophomore guard Sydney Epema hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points

"We played flat and you can't do that against a good team like Augustana," said head coach Mike Curfman. "Augustana shot the ball well, but we had too many unforced turnovers. We dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of. In wins against Winona State and Minnesota State we were able to rally and come back from early deficits, but our luck ran out and we just didn't have the energy tonight."

Things went wrong for the Beavers (8-3, 2-3 NSIC) from the opening tip-off, as BSU was down 8-2 in the game's first three minutes, forcing Curfman to pull all five starters.

Augie led 42-29 at half.

BSU only lost the second half 40-36, but the first half hole was too large to crawl out of.

The Beavers had its worst shooting game of the season, going 20-61 (32.8 percent).

AC shot 45.2 percent from the floor and converted 21 BSU turnovers into 29 points.

The Vikings also had good post presence, outscoring BSU in the paint 28-18. Freshman Shannon Thompson came off the bench and scored 10 points for BSU. She was the only other BSU player to reach double-figures in scoring. Junior Colleen McKay had eight points and six rebounds to go with two assists.