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Warmack leads Bemidji State women's basketball to victory

Kate Warmack lifted Bemidji State past Upper Iowa 77-72 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball contest Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.

Kate Warmack lifted Bemidji State past Upper Iowa 77-72 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball contest Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.

Warmack led the Beavers in three categories. The sophomore center scored 20 points, and recorded a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks to pace the Beavers.

Sophomore guard Morgan Lee followed closely with 18 points and eight rebounds.

The game opened up in the second half, as both teams shot over 43 percent from the field. Upper Iowa fought back, outscoring Bemidji State 52-44 in the second half.

Upper Iowa received most of its offense from one source.

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Whitney Kieffer propelled the Peacocks by scoring a game-high 31 points.

Kieffer went 10-for-21 from the field and sank all nine free throws attempted.

Jeri Jacobson was the only other Upper Iowa player to score in double digits with 11 points.

The Peacocks came within two points of the Beavers with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but Warmack hit a jump shot to extend Bemidji State's lead to 70-66.

Bemidji State then pulled away and Warmack's layup at the 0:31 mark sealed the win.

Samantha Baldwin dished out five assists to lead the Beavers.

Bemidji State dominated the boards, outrebounding Upper Iowa 52-37. The Beavers finished with a 41.4 field goal percentage.

The first half of the game went at a slow pace. By halftime, the Beavers built up 33-20 lead.

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Bemidji State closes the regular season with a game against Winona State at 4 p.m. today in the BSU Gymnasium.

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