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Bemidji State women's basketball starts slow in loss to Northern State

The Bemidji State women's basketball team lost its seventh consecutive game with an 82-64 loss to Northern State on Saturday night at the BSU gym.

"It is a good league, you have got to come out to play 40 minutes of good basketball," said head coach Mike Curfman. "We have not been doing that and that is why we have been on this losing skid."

For the second consecutive game, the Beavers (5-14, 2-13 NSIC) saw its opponent reach double figures before they even got on the scoreboard.

"You cannot dig yourself into that big of a hole," said Curfman. "We tried a different line-up and switched some little things around, but we got down 10-0 after being down 12-0 last night. That is too big of a hole to start the game. We have got to figure out a way to start better."

Northern State outscored BSU 10-0 in the first four minutes of the game.

The Beavers answered with a 14-8 run of its own to cut the Wolves lead to four points with 9:19 remaining in the first half.

Northern State finished the half by outscoring Bemidji State 20-11 which was enough to give them a 42-27 lead as the teams went to the locker rooms for halftime.

The Wolves opened the second half by scoring the first six points to extend its lead to 21 points.

Like they did in the first half, the Beavers answered with a run of its own. They outscored the Wolves 11-4 over the next three minutes.

After Anna Hebrink cut the lead to 12 with a three-pointer, the game was dominated by the Wolves. They wasted no time pushing its lead back to 20 points.

Hebrink finished with 11 points on three 3-point shots and recorded three steals. Sophomore guard Shannon Thompson tallied five steals. Thompson also scored 12 points while shooting 8-9 at the free throw line.

BSU shot made 14 of its 15 free throw attempts.

"We have to start getting to the line more," said Curfman. "We are a good free-throw shooting team, even though we have struggled from the field."

Sophomore center Jessie Althoff led the Beavers with 16 points.

Freshman guard Morgan Lee added 15 points for BSU.

Bemidji State plays next Saturday, when they host University of Minnesota-Duluth at 2 p.m.