|November 18, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NTHLND||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.333 (19-57)||.400 (28-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (5-19)||.333 (10-30)|
|FT Percentage||.684 (13-19)||.600 (6-10)|
Zerr - 15
Gartner - 15
WAGNER - 1
TODY - 1
MEADOWS - 1
GILLIGAN - 1
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) -- A balanced offense and scoring attack from a trio of guards helped the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team grab a 72-56 win on the opening night of the Huskies Classic against Northland College. Guards Erica Gartner, Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr each scored 15 points while the Beavers (2-0) put up a balanced attack in the paint and from behind the arc.
Northland lit up the scoreboard first with a 3-pointer but Bemidji State followed with a 7-0 run while shooting 3-of-4 from the field. Following another 3-pointer by the LumberJills, Senior guard Allison Cordes scored her first points of the game with a 3-pointer and began a 6-0 run to take the team to under four minutes in the first quarter. Senior guard Hanna Zerr scored four of the next six points for the Beavers to hold a 21-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Beavers opened the second quarter with a defensive full court press which caused the LumberJills to miss their first three field goals and turn the ball over once. BSU took advantage with another 6-0 run to begin the quarter off an and-one conversion by junior center Sierra Senske and a 3-pointer from senior guard Tatum Sheley. Northland was able to find the basket after Bemidji State pulled off the full court press but freshman guard Erica Gartner converted her third 3-pointer of the first half to give BSU its largest lead of the first half, 35-21, with just over four minutes to go in the quarter. After scoring just four points in the paint during the first quarter, the LumberJills scored 10 in the second quarter to pull within double-digits of the Beavers. Bemidji State missed 5-of-6 field goals to end the second quarter and turned the ball over three times to allow Northland to finish the first half on a 9-3 run. The Beavers held a 38-30 lead heading into the locker room.
Looking to go up-tempo in the early minutes of the second half, Bemidji State opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run with four layups. Northland missed its first four shots from the field and gave away two turnovers during the streak. Gartner converted her fifth and final 3-pointer of the game to give BSU a 56-44 lead with 2:15 to go in the quarter. Her five field goals all came from behind the arc.
The 3-point shooting theme continued into the fourth quarter, as Sheley sank back-to-back shots from long range to open the final period. Junior forward Sam Adamich also converted a 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 run to start the quarter and give BSU its largest lead of the game, 67-46, with under seven minutes to go. The Beavers brought in its bench players during the final minutes to close out their second win of the season.
Bemidji State scored 32 points in the paint and 30 points off 3-pointers in the balanced attack over Northland. Gartner, Sheley and Zerr each finished with 15 points to lead BSU, while Senske recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Bemidji State closes out the Huskies Classic against Fort Hays State University on Saturday. The Beavers and Tigers begin play at 2 p.m. from Halenbeck Hall.
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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).