BEMIDJI, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team dropped a non-conference matchup to NCAA Division II opponent Bemidji State University on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers used 45 points off the bench to pull away for a 77-58 win over the Cougars, dropping UMN Morris to 1-4 on the season.
A tough start to the contest put the game away in the early minutes. Bemidji State bolted out to a 20-2 lead in just over six minutes, with only a bucket from Lexus Eagle Chasing to get the Cougars on the board. Minnesota Morris played well over the final minutes of the quarter, but a shot at the buzzer by the Beavers gave them a 27-12 lead through 10 minutes.
Eagle Chasing accounted for all seven points in a 7-0 run by Minnesota Morris midway through the second quarter to slice the deficit to 34-21. Bemidji State then regained control and went to the half holding a 44-24 lead.
The third quarter began with an 11-2 run for the Beavers in the first five minutes to stretch the margin to 55-26. The lead for Bemidji State peaked at 32 points early in the fourth quarter before Minnesota Morris started to come back. In just over three minutes, the Cougars went on a 14-0 run that included four straight field goals from Justine Day to make it 71-56. By that time, less than two minutes remained and Bemidji State was able to hold on to the end.
Minnesota Morris continues its road trip on Nov. 23 with a trip to take on Mayville State University starting at 5:30 p.m.