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Women's basketball: Extra incentive carries Warmack, BSU to victory

BEMIDJI — BSU revenged an early season loss with a 75-66 win over Minnesota Crookston Friday at the BSU gym.

The Golden Eagles defeated the Beavers 104-84 when the two teams met on Nov. 30 in Crookston.

“They have been my rival ever since I came out of high school,” Kate Warmack, a native of East Grand Forks, said. “I hated losing to them the first time and I had some extra fuel heading into tonight’s game. It was nice to be able to get a nice team win tonight,”

Thanks to 11 early points from Katrina Moenkedick, the Golden Eagles raced ahead to a 16-4 lead.

Three consecutive baskets from Warmack helped cut the deficit down to 30-26 with 4:50 remaining in the first half.

The Beavers regained the lead, for the first time since the game’s opening minutes, at 33-32 when Morgan Lee connected from long distance for the first made three-pointer of the night by the team.

BSU took a 36-32 lead to the locker room.

“It is very important to close out halves,” Warmack said. “It was a big momentum swing to be able to take a lead going into the locker room.”

The Beavers are now 6-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Crookston regained the lead at 48-47 midway through the second half and the score remained within a single possession for the next 10 minutes.

With a one-point lead and 2:45 remaining, Lee, who finished with 17 points, dialed up her third three-pointer of the night to increase the advantage to 65-61.

The three-pointer marked the beginning of a 7-0 run that helped build BSU’s largest lead of the night, at the time, at 69-61 with just 45 seconds left on the clock.

The Beavers converted at the free throw line, making all six attempts, in the final minute to seal the win.

“It was great to see,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said of closing out both halves. “It was anybody’s game going up to the last minute. It was huge to knock down our free throws against a team that shoots as well as they do from outside.”

Warmack, who scored 33 points in Crookston, tallied her seventh double-double of the season with a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds.

“You have to come out with a lot of intensity for every game, but I dig a little deeper for these games,” Warmack said of facing Crookston. “We wanted to get a win going into break and we did that tonight.”

“She is having a very good senior year,” Curfman said of Warmack. “I could not be more pleased with her. She has worked very hard and she is doing some amazing things.”

The win ended a three-game losing skid for BSU (6-4, 2-4 NSIC,) which will return to action Jan. 3 when it will host Winona State.

“It is huge,” Curfman said of ending the losing streak before the holiday break. “It is the last taste in your mouth before the break and it is nice to get a win.”

“It is awesome,” Warmack added. “We can enjoy break now. We can enjoy the win tonight, but we have to get back at it next week.”

Minnesota Crookston (66): Moenkedick 10-19 1-1 21; Martell 4-10 0-0 12; Walker 3-4 2-2 9; Thielman 2-11 2-2 7; Perkins 3-9 0-0 7; Livingston 2-5 0-0 4; McRoberts 0-3 4-4 4; Thorn 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 25-66 9-9 66.

BSU (75): Warmack 9-16 6-9 24; Lee 5-12 4-4 17; Sheley 4-5 4-4 13; Althoff 4-10 4-4 12; Zerr 3-11 0-0 7; Cordes 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 26-61 18-22 75.

Halftime: BSU 36, Minnesota Crookston 32