Alex Berg | Sports Editor | 11-7-2011
With junior center Jessie Althoff sidelined, the Beavers (1-0) needed sophomore Kate Warmack to step up her game.She did just that as she led the team with 18 points and nine rebounds.
“I feel that with Jessie out we need a replacement post player to clean up the boards and score in the paint,” Warmack said.
Thanks to early baskets from Warmack, Shannon Thompson and Ellie Wessling, the Beavers jumped to an early 9-2 lead.
“I think we did a great job of getting off to such a good start,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Curfman said. “You have to play with emotion. When you do that, good things will happen.”
With 9:43 left to play in the first half, the Thunderwolves (3-10) cut the lead to 23-20 with a fastbreak layup.
BSU finished the half by outscoring Lakehead 24-14 and led 47-34 at halftime.
The Beavers made 10 of their 11 shots from the charity stripe in the first half.
BSU started the second half with the same edge it had to close the first 20 minutes.
“It is always important to finish the first half and start the second half with increased intensity,” Warmack said. “We tried to wear them down a little bit by pushing the ball and it paid off.”
In the first 6:16 of the second half the Beavers outscored the Thunderwolves 20-4.
“It was nice because it gave us a little breathing room,” Curfman said. “We knew that they can shoot so it was nice to have a lead when they did make a run.”
The 67-38 lead gave Curfman and the Beavers a large enough of a cushion to hold on for their first win.
The Beavers finished the game making eight of their 17 three-point shots.
Shannon Thompson went 3-6 from behind the arc. She finished with 14 points, nine assists, and seven steals.
All 13 Beaver players who dressed scored.
“That is ideal,” Curfman said. “Everyone comes to practice and puts in the same effort and dedication. So to be able to score and have your name in the scoring column is a nice bonus for everybody.”
Freshman guard Jessi Corrick, who started in her first career game, finished with six points and three assists.
“It was a great team win,” Warmack said. “Everyone scored, everyone hustled and the excitement was there. We really needed a team win like that.”
The Beavers will return home on Nov. 19 when they face Mayville State.