Friday, December 17, 2010

Wolves shut down Beavers 64-41

ABERDEEN, S.D. – After suffering a pair of stinging losses to nationally ranked teams last weekend, the Northern State University Wolves turned the tables this weekend, holding the visiting Bemidji State University Beavers to just 25.4 percent shooting on the night en-route to a 64-41 victory Friday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball action.

With the return to the win column, NSU improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play while the Beavers slipped to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in the NSIC.

Although neither team was lighting up the scoreboard early on, the Wolves used a solid defensive effort through the middle portion of the first half – a stretch in which they held the Beavers to just two points in a six-minute span – to pull away from a 7-7 tie to lead by double digits.

Leading by 15 at the half, the Wolves continued the trend in the second half, pulling steadily away throughout the half.  NSU junior Emily Becken scored nine of her 14 points in the second stanza, and the NSU defense held Bemidji State to just eight field goals in the second half.

The Wolves limited the BSU starters to just seven field goals all game long and dominated the Beavers on the glass, taking home a 46-33 advantage in rebounds.  Junior forward Mikayla Barondeau led that effort, grabbing 13 rebounds to go along with her game-high 15 points for her fourth double-double of the season.

Bemidji State was led by Shannon Thompson who came off the bench for nine points.  Thompson was 2 of 4 from long range, one of the only solid shooting performances from the Beavers.  BSU was just 6 of 25 from three-point territory on the night and 15 of 59 overall from the floor.

The Wolves are back in action tomorrow night, hosting Minnesota-Duluth in another key NSIC match-up to close out the 2010 portion of the season.  UMD is coming off a 72-56 loss at the hands of the University of Mary on Friday night.  Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. in Wachs Arena.

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