|February 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.368 (28-76)||.328 (22-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (7-28)||.235 (4-17)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.462 (6-13)|
Youngblut - 2
Miller - 2
Althoff - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University women's basketball team fell 73-54 at home to No. 21 Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. The Beavers were led by freshman Hanna Zerr’s (G, Shakopee, Minn.) 14 points.
The Beavers are now 8-15 in overall play while 4-15 in NSIC play. The loss against the Mavericks marks an eight-game losing streak for Bemidji State. Zerr guided the team in points and added seven rebounds, while senior Morgan Lee, (G, Hayward, Wis.) totaled 11 points.
Bemidji State shot 32.8 percent from the field, while the Mavericks shot 36.8 percent. MSU shot 66.7 percent (10-for-15) from the free throw line, but Bemidji State only shot 46.2 percent (6-for-13). The Beavers lost the rebounding battle 52-47, which allowed 17 Maverick points off of second chances (17 offensive rebounds). MSU dominated Bemidji State in the paint, 36-22.
Both teams traded buckets early in the first half with the lead changing once and the score being tied three separate times. The Mavericks then sparked a fire and went on an 11-0 run over 2:18 to make the score 18-7 with 14:27 remaining in the half. The Beavers would then counter with a 9-0 run after a 3-pointer by Lee to cut the deficit within two at 18-16 with just under 10 minutes reaming in the first half. During this time, MSU would go 0-for-10 over the 4:50 minute run by the Beavers, while both Zerr and Lee contributed all nine points.
Minnesota State regained the lead with a 9-2 run that opened up the contest and gave the road team a 27-18 advantage with 6:49 showing on the game clock. A jumper from freshman Tatum Sheley (G, Backus, Minn.) allowed BSU to trail 27-23 with 5:07 left, but that would be the closest the Beavers would come to the Mavericks, as they trailed 39-27 heading into the locker room.
Bemidji State suffered 13 turnovers that supplied 14 points for MSU in the first half.
After freshman Allison Cordes (G, Rosemount, Minn.) knocked down a 3-pointer to start the second half, the Mavericks would start off the second half with a 12-0 run over a 2:25 time span that put them up 52-30. Bemidji State would end the run with a jumper from Zerr at 16:36 left in regulation to make the score 52-32, but MSU would respond to almost every bucket and miscue Bemidji State committed.
MSU took its’ largest lead of the night at 72-47 with 3:56 left in the game, but the Beavers saw points from freshmen Katie Miller (C, Waseca, Minn.) and Aimee Pelzer (G, Upsala, Minn.) and junior Melissa Youngblut (G, Davenport, Iowa). The Mavericks would only score one more point in the game, but it was enough to clench a 73-54 victory.
The Beavers look to break an eight-game losing streak Feb. 15 in the last home contest versus Concordia University, St. Paul at 4 p.m. Three seniors will be honored during halftime of the men’s game.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).