The Bemidji State University Women’s Basketball team snapped a lot of streaks with a weekend sweep of Minnesota State-Moorhead, while the Men had first half woes against the Dragons and the Beaver Women’s Hockey team managed a shootout win at St. Cloud State Saturday. Here are the vitals:
BEAVER WOMENS BASKETBALL
It had been 9+ years and 17 straight games but all bad things must come to an end, and the Bemidji State Women’s Basketball team finally snapped a losing streak to the Minnesota State-Dragons. The Beavers ended it with an exclamation point Friday, opening up a 25-11 lead after the first quarter and cruising to an 81-60 win. A dominant Rachael Heittola led the way with 26 points on 10 for 11 shooting, including a 3 pointer. Heittola also went 5 for 8 from the free throw line. Trinity Myer added 18 points and Brooklyn Bachmann had 14 points.
Saturday, the Beavers continued to snap streaks by rolling to a 74-59 win that wasn’t even that close. After getting their first win over the Dragons in nearly a decade Friday, they got their first sweep over Minnesota-Moorhead in almost 17 years and in the process, earned the Century Trophy for the first time since its inception in 2007. AND it was the first time in 33 years they had beaten the Dragons by double digits in back to back games. Rachael Heittola and Taylor Bray scored 14 points each, while Trinity Myer and Brooklyn Bachamann scored 12 each. Bachmann had a double-double with 13 rebounds. The Beavers shot a sizzling 54.2 percent while the Dragons shot just under 31 percent.
Bemidji State is now 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in NSIC play. The Beavers have won 3 in a row against NSIC foes for the first time in 14 years. They’ll be back at it Friday and Saturday in Bismarck, ND battling U-Mary.
BEAVER MENS BASKETBALL
Derek Thompson had a strong game, but it was not nearly enough as the Beaver Men’s Basketball team lost 70-50 to the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons Friday in Moorhead. The Beavers found themselves down by 20 at the half, 42-22 and couldn’t get any closer as both teams tallied 28 points in the second half. Thompson had 21 points, while Mohamed Kone pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with 5 points. Cody Landwehr scored 14 points.
Things were no better on Saturday as the Dragons shot 52 percent from the field and an astounding 62 percent from three point range, hitting 13-3’s en route to an 83-61 win. The Beavers were down 53-31 at halftime, and like the night before, the two teams were even in the second half with each scoring 30. Cody Landwehr led all scorers with 25 points, while Derek Thompson added 19 points and 7 rebounds.
The Beavers fell to 1-5 on the year and are 0-4 in conference play. They hope to snap a five game losing streak Friday and Saturday when they host U-Mary at the BSU Gymnasium.
BEAVER WOMENS HOCKEY
The BSU Women’s Hockey team outshot St. Cloud State on their ice 34-17 and scored the game’s first goal, but they couldn’t get another past Emma Polusny the rest of the day. The Huskies came back with a pair of second period goals to take a 2-1 lead and finished things off scoring an empty net power play with 20 seconds to play. Paige Beebe scored the game’s first goal 4:04 into the first with Tina Kampa picking up the assist. Kerigan Dowhy was 14 of 16 in goal.
On Saturday, The Beavers found themselves down 2-0 after the first 20 minutes in St. Cloud, but bounced back with a pair of goals in the final 5:54 of the second period. Clair DeGeorge got the Beavs’ first goal and Taylor Nelson got the game tying goal with 2:11 left in the 2nd. Mak Langei and Paige Anderson had the assists. Neither team scored in the third or OT putting the game into a shootout. After neither side scored in the first round, Mya Neugent scored for the Beavers to open the second round. The Huskies couldn’t match and the Beavers earned an extra point.
Bemidji State is now 1-7-2 and will host #6 UMD at 7:37 Friday night at Sanford Center and 4:07 Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, after having this weekend’s games postponed until March 5th and 6th, the Beaver Men will be back in action with a Thursday-Friday series against Bowling Green at Sanford Center. Thursday’s game will be at 5:07 and Friday’s will be at 2:07.