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Beavers' extended scoreless stretch gives Augustana control in home defeat

Jan. 20—BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women's basketball team found itself in a rut that it couldn't quite climb out of on Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.

After starting out with a 6-0 lead over Augustana, BSU went scoreless for a stretch of over seven minutes across the first and second quarters. During that time, the Vikings flipped a 14-11 deficit into a 30-14 lead.

That was too much for Bemidji State to make up, and the Beavers lost 70-60 despite cutting the deficit to five in the third quarter. BSU summoned an 11-0 run across the second and third quarters to get back into the game.

"I told them at halftime, we kind of went rogue offensively, getting away from our principles," said head coach Chelsea Stoltenberg. "We did such a great job starting the game downhill, getting some great shots. I really liked what we did early, and then we kind of got away from that."

Bemidji State's early scoring success screeched to a halt, and its inability to match Augie's offensive attack put it behind the eight-ball in a major way during the second quarter.

"We talked about not losing their shooters in transition, and we did that as well," Stoltenberg said. "So 12 of the points — we were down 11 at the half — are really (because of that). We can't have those types of things, (that) mentality."

The Beavers managed to raise their spirits during the second-half run and looked like they could threaten Augustana down the stretch. But similar mistakes to those in the first two quarters scuttled BSU's chance to truly contend for the victory.

"It's just toughness," Stoltenberg said. "We turned it over 20 times. A lot of those lapses in that second half, we weren't strong with the ball. We weren't making the right passes, and those turnovers definitely hurt us."

Bemidji State continues to seek its first win in conference play. The Beavers were painstakingly close last Saturday against Winona State, losing 44-43.

For Stoltenberg, the carrot she uses to entice her players is the euphoric feeling that will come when BSU finally breaks through after a number of close calls.

"One win tastes so sweet if you can find it," Stoltenberg said. "They keep showing up to practice, they keep working hard, because they want to win. If they didn't want to, I'd definitely allow them to say, 'I'm done this year.'

"None of them have quit yet. So if you're not going to turn in your stuff and quit, they need to show up in practice. And they're doing that. They practice hard and they practice focused. So they still want it. They're great kids. We've just got to find that win."

Augustana 70, Bemidji State 60

AUG 19 18 14 19 — 70

BSU 14 12 18 16 — 60

BEMIDJI STATE — Majewski 16, Pogatchnik 8, Suprenand 7, Barrette 6, Hill 6, Swanson 4, Guenther 3, Plasch 3, Sheforgen 3. Totals: 24-50 FGs, 7-18 3-pt. FGs, 5-8 FTs.

AUGUSTANA — Sees 25, Jewett 15, Aadland 12, Adamson 4, Leisen 4, Moore 4, Rensch 4, Phipps 2. Totals: 26-59 FGs, 7-17 3-pt. FGs, 11-20 FTs.