Minnesota State opened the second half with a 9-0 run and rolled past Bemidji State 81-64 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball game Friday.

Liz Trauger led the Mavericks with 19 points, hitting 9 of 13 shots, while Joanne Noreen, coming off a 39-point performance Saturday against Augustana, added 17 points, making 8 of 9 free throws. Against Augustana, she was 15 of 15 at the line.

“(Trauger) ran the floor hard, and she was able to beat the other post down the floor,” coach Pam Gohl said. “She was a little sick last week so it was nice to see her back.

“The shots didn’t all go in for Jo like they did last week, but she’s really been converting from the line.”

Alex Andrews had 13 points, six rebounds and five steals.

The Mavericks led 37-26 at halftime despite shooting just 29.4 percent from the field. Minnesota State shot 53.1 percent in the second half and was 20 of 23 at the free-throw line for the game.

“We were getting good shots in the first half, we just didn’t knock them down,” Gohl said. “In the second half, we relaxed. I was really happy with the start to the second half. Our starters really held them down at the defensive end, and we made a nice run.”

Minnesota State (18-1, 11-1 in Northern Sun) plays 6 p.m. today at Minnesota Duluth.

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