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Bemidji State women's basketball: Bulldogs run sinks BSU

The Bemidji State women's basketball team was unable to snap its seven-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon, falling to Minnesota-Duluth 63-51 at the BSU Gymnasium.

UMD stomped BSU 99-76 in the first meeting between the two teams in Duluth last month, outrebounding the Beavers 42-28 in the process.

"We came out with great energy and great passion," said head coach Mike Curfman. "The loss was not from a lack of energy or effort."

Curfman elected to start three centers in hope to contain the Bulldogs on the glass.

"Kate Warmack has been working really hard and improving a lot on the defensive end," said Curfman. "We decided to go with a little bigger of a lineup. It worked. We got off to a really good start."

UMD only outrebounded BSU by three on Saturday.

"I think it really helped to have some size in there," said senior center Colleen McKay. "We also did a better job at getting after the boards and securing the rebounds."

McKay led the Beavers with a game-high 17 points.

The Beavers opened the game by outscoring the Bulldogs 10-2 in the first five minutes of the game.

Bemidji State's early dominance continued, as it held a 25-11 lead with 9:35 left in the first half.

"We did a really nice job starting the game with energy," said McKay. "We hit some nice shots and got back on defense. It was a great start to the game."

UMD answered by scoring the next 21 points to take a 32-25 lead with two minutes remaining in the half.

"We went cold shooting for what seemed like forever, for about seven or eight minutes," said Curfman. "That stretch was very vital in the outcome of the game."

The Bulldogs held a 32-28 lead at halftime.

A 3-pointer from senior guard Anna Hebrink tied the game at 40 with 13:08 left on the clock.

Hebrink made two threes and scored seven points. She also grabbed six rebounds.

The next nine minutes were played rather evenly; BSU trailed 50-47 with just under four minutes remaining.

UMD closed the game with a 13-4 run to hold on for the win.

Sophomore center Jessie Althoff added 14 points and seven boards for BSU.

"I am proud of our effort," said Curfman, "but it is getting old being close. We have got to find a way to finish it."

MINN.-DULUTH: Newman 8-12 0-0 16; Hewitt 6-11 0-1 12; Doucette 3-9 1-2 9; Stemper 2-9 4-6 8; Miller 3-7 1-2 7; Haas 1-2 2-2 4; Olson 1-1 0-0 3; Lueck 1-1 0-0 2; Sygulla 1-1 0-0 2; Salmon 0-0 0-0 0; Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Van Winkle 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 8-13 63.

BEMIDJI STATE: McKay 6-12 5-6 17; Althoff 6-14 2-4 14; Lee 4-14 0-0 8; Hebrink 2-11 1-2 7; Thompson 1-2 0-0 3; Warmack 1-3 0-0 2; Epema 0-3 0-0 0; Davis 0-1 0-0 0; Borstner 0-3 0-0 0; Baldwin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-66 8-12 51.

Minn.-Duluth 32 31 - 63

Bemidji State 28 23 - 51

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