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Beaver women's rally falls just short in Mankato tournament

The Bemidji State women's basketball team fell to No. 19 California University (Pa.) on Friday in the first game of the Maverick Classic in Mankato, Minn.

The Beavers made a late run at the Vulcans, getting within two points with 29 seconds left. But their efforts came up just short. BSU fell to 1-1 on the season. It was the season opener for California, a team that was an NCAA Division II tournament participant last year.

BSU was led by freshmen Melissa Borstner and Ellie Wessling, who both hit double figures for the second game in their two-game careers at Bemidji State.

Wessling tallied a double-double on the night with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Borstner had 18 points on the game, making 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and 7 of 9 free throws.

Junior Samantha Baldwin added eight points. The Beavers shot 42.2 percent for the game. BSU had 28 turnovers in Friday's contest.

Bemidji State will continue play at the Maverick Classic on today when they face Grand View at 3 p.m. at the Taylor Center.

Runners at regional

Wayne State College will host some of the nation's top cross country runners today at the 2010 NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships.

The Bemidji State women's team will compete at regionals.

It's the second straight year and the fourth time in the last eight years that Wayne has hosted the event. The men's race (10,000 meters) will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the women's race (6,000 meters) scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m.

A total of 24 schools from two conferences (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) will compete at the meet.

The top five men's teams and top four women's teams will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships Dec. 4 at Louisville, Ky.