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Bemidji State women's basketball: Marauders use range to beat BSU

BSU's Collen McKay fights through the U-Mary defense during?Saturday's game at?BSU. BSU Photo Services

The Bemidji State women's basketball team lost to University of Mary 69-52 Friday night at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers (5-13, 2-12 NSIC) were victims of three 12-0 runs and lights out 3-point shooting from the Marauders. The Marauders made ten 3-pointers, shooting at 43 percent from behind the arc.

"You can get by with a four, six, or even an eight point run once and awhile," BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. "But to have a 36-0 run, when you combine the three together, against a good offensive team is just asking too much."

The Marauders opened the game by outscoring the Beavers 12-0 in the first four minutes. The Beavers answered with a pair of threes from freshman guard Morgan Lee and junior guard Samantha Baldwin.

With 7:35 left to play in the first half, freshman center Kate Warmack made a lay-up to make the score 27-25 in favor of U-Mary.

"It is always hard to come back when you have dug yourself in a hole," said Warmack, "but, we were within two and we just let it slip. Our defense could not pick it up. They had all good shooters. If we keyed in on one, someone else would step up."

Warmack was the lone Beaver to score in double figures. She scored 10 points on 4-5 field goal shooting and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Marauders answered with its second 12-0 run of the second half to push its lead to 39-25 with 3:34 remaining in the half.

Bemidji State trailed 43-30 at halftime.

Senior center Colleen McKay made a layup on the heels of a 9-0 Beaver run to make the score 48-41 with 14:31 left to play.

McKay added eight points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Lee and senior guard Anna Hebrink scored six points each. Hebrink also tallied three steals.

U-Mary answered by outscoring BSU 19-2 over the following eight minutes. After a third 12-0 run, U-Mary held a comfortable lead of 67-43 with just under six minutes on the clock.

"You spend so much energy trying to comeback, that you cannot sustain it forever," said Curfman. "They are a good team, and that is what good teams do; they answer a run with a run of their own."

The Marauders had a 51-36 advantage on the glass. They grabbed 19 rebounds which led to 17 second chance points.

"Rebounding has been an Achilles heel for us all year and we have got to do a better job," said Curfman. "It is not just our posts, it is all of our players."

Bemidji State hosts Northern State tonight at 4 p.m.

U-Mary (69)

Foster 6-12 5-5 22, Schmidt 5-8 0-0 14, Knife 6-16 1-2 13, Zillmer 2-2 4-4 8, Petersen 2-5 1-2 6, Kelsch 1-4 1-4 3, Luke 0-4 3-4 3, Haag 0-2 0-0 0, Gilreath 0-1 0-0 0, Finley 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-7 0-2 0, Rust 0-0 0-0 0, Sand. Lindsey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 15-23 69.

Bemidji State (52)

Warmack 4-5 2-4 10, McKay 3-6 2-2 8, Hebrink 2-11 0-0 6, Lee 2-6 1-1 6, Thompson 2-5 0-0 5, Borstner 2-5 0-0 5, Epema 2-10 0-0 5, Baldwin 1-5 1-2 4, Van Haaften,Tiffany 1-3 0-0 2, Wessling 0-4 1-2 1, Althoff 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 7-11 52.

Halftime: U-Mary 43, BSU 30.