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Bemidji State women's basketball: Tall Wolves too much for Beavers

Bemidji State's Taylor Davis goes up for a basket in the first half of Friday's game. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

The guard-oriented Bemidji State University women's basketball team just didn't have height to battle with the tall Northern State University Wolves Friday night, falling 84-73 in an Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at BSU Gymnasium.

Sophomore Taylor Davis led the team in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting 20 points on the board in the loss.

The Beavers (9-7, 3-6 NSIC) struggled on the defensive glass all game, as they were pitted against Northern State's 6-foot-6 Krista Rabenberg and 6-foot-3 Jenna Higgins, while playing without their tallest player, 6-foot-1 freshman Emily Kaus.

BSU pulled down 23 defensive rebounds, but NSU had 21 offensive rebounds, nine of which came from the tandem. The offensive boards led to the Wolves outscoring BSU 34-22 in the paint and earning 21 second change points to BSU's 11. NSU also had 6-foot-1 Mikayla Barondeau cleaning the glass, as she tied her career-high in rebounds with 22, six of which were on offense.

Kaus missed the game due to an injury sustained against St. Cloud State Jan. 9.

The height advantage also forced the Beavers to foul, committing 25 infractions to NSU's 15. The Wolves went 24-for-32 from the line, while BSU went just 11-of-14. The Beavers shot the ball well from downtown, making 10 of their 21 attempts for a 47.6 shooting percentage from beyond the arc, well over their average this season of 35.8 percent. BSU shot 40 percent from the field and the Wolves had a 43.3 percentage.

Davis added six rebounds and went 6-of-6 from the line. Epema scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Anna Hebrink scored 13 points and added a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.

The Beavers complete the conference weekend with the University of Mary Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the BSU Gymnasium.