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Women's basketball: Minnesota State is too much for BSU

BEMIDJI — Minnesota State proved to be worthy of No. 21 ranking in a 73-54 win over BSU Friday at the BSU gym.

The Beavers committed 20 turnovers and spiraled to their eighth consecutive loss.

“Turnovers were a huge part, especially when we only shot 33 percent in the first half,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “We gave a very good team way too many easy baskets.”

Karlee Gengenbacher scored nine points in the first five minutes to help propel the Mavericks to an early 18-7 lead.

Morgan Lee and Hanna Zerr scored the next nine points to bring the Beavers within two at 18-16 with 10:43 left in the first half.

MSU rebuilt its lead to double digits at 35-23 thanks to back-to-back three-pointers from Ashley Olson.

“I think our turnovers were just starting to catch up with us,” Zerr said. “They started to get easy points and transition to build their lead.

“We hit a dull spot around the 10-minute mark and we just could not come back from it.”

The Mavericks maintained the double-digit lead at 39-27 at the break.

MSU capitalized to score 14 points on BSU’s 13 turnovers in the first half.

“It is hard to come back from that,” Zerr said. “We just had to take care of the ball better instead of forcing things that weren’t there.”

A pair of three-pointers from Gengenbacher and another from Aubrey Davis extended the Mavericks lead to 52-30 with 17 minutes left in the game.

Jumpers from Tatum Sheley and Zerr brought the Beavers to within 16 at 60-44 with 7:18 left to play, but that is the closest they would get as the Mavericks maintained the 20-point advantage throughout most of the second half.

Gengenbacher led all scorers with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. She also pulled down seven rebounds on the night.

Zerr led the Beavers offense with 14 points and seven rebounds in a team-high 31 minutes.

“I thought she did some very nice things tonight,” Curfman said of Zerr. “We want her to be aggressive because she’s so athletic. She has been good this season, but this was one of her better games in conference play.”

BSU (8-15, 4-15) will look to end the losing streak today against Concordia-St. Paul.

The game will begin at 4 p.m. and will be the last home game for seniors Kate Warmack, Jessie Althoff, and Lee.

“We want to send them out on wins for the rest of the season,” Zerr said of the seniors. “We have to make the adjustments tonight and tomorrow in shootaround.”

“You always want the last game on your home court to be a win,” Curfman added. “We want to send them off on a positive note.”

MSU (73): Gengenbacher 8-14 3-3 21; Davis 2-5 0-0 15; Wilkinson 3-9 3-3 10; Bresnahan 4-9 0-0 8; Olson 2-7 1-2 7; Ulfers 1-3 2-3 4; Hoefer 2-5 0-0 4; Paulson 1-6 0-1 2; Johnson 1-5 0-1 2. Totals 28-76 10-15 73.

BSU (54): Zerr 5-12 3-4 14; Lee 4-17 2-2 11; Cordes 2-6 0-0 6; Youngblut 3-9 0-2 6; Sheley 3-7 0-1 6; Althoff 2-4 0-0 4; Miller 2-7 0-2 4; Pelzer 1-1 0-0 2; Warmack 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 22-67 6-13 54.

Halftime: MSU 39, BSU 27