Lions lack ability to stick with Beavers

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State women’s basketball team used a 24-0 run in the first half Tuesday against Finlandia, helping secure a 93-47 win at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers, now 4-0, had an early 16-12 lead through nine minutes of play but pulled away with their 24 consecutive points over the next six minutes.

A pair of Katie Warmack foul shots with 10:37 to go kicked off the run and BSU forced seven Finlandia turnovers and went 9-for-13 from the floor in that span.

“It was awesome,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Curfman said of the big run. “Finlandia came out really scrappy, so to play that well on both sides of the floor was great to see.”

The Lions (0-2) finally broke the scoreless spell following Paige Yoho’s free throws at the 4:37 mark. But by that point the Beavers had a commanding 40-12 lead.

“We were good for the first 13-14 minutes,” Finlandia head coach Terry Klemett said. “I don’t know if it was lack of depth or lack of effort that prevented us from hanging around for at least a half. It is something I will have to look at in the film.”

The Lions bounced back by taking better care of the basketball and scoring ten points in the remaining five minutes of the half, but a pair of last-minute three-pointers from Lee increased BSU’s lead to 30 points at 52-22 as the teams headed to the locker room.

The Lions were led by Haley Gervais and Marissa Burke. They each finished with 15 points and three three-three pointers.

“I cannot ask for anything more out of Haley and Marissa,” Klemett said. “I have to try to find them breaks, they give everything they have on both sides of the ball.”

Bemidji State will begin its conference season when it travels to Minnesota-Crookston for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Nov. 30.

“I feel really confident going into the conference season,” Curfman said. “The Colorado trip was very good for us and these four games have showed us where we stand now and what we have to get better at.”

“I think we are pretty ready,” Sheley added. “It has been a good non-conference schedule and we have played really well. I hope we can carry that over into conference play.”

Finlandia (0-2) will continue its non-conference play, as they too will take on the Golden Eagles. Action will begin at 6 p.m. tonight.

“I just want to see longevity,” Klemett said. “It just seems like we compete for 15 minutes and then we hit that wall.”