|December 09, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.441 (30-68)||.413 (26-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (5-12)||.429 (12-28)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (16-20)||.800 (8-10)|
Sheley - 5
Laimer - 3
Conrad - 3
Zerr - 1
Cordes - 1
Rappe - 1
Sheley - 1
Laimer - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Tatum Sheley put the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team on her back to finish the first half Friday night against Northern State University, scoring the final 16 points between both teams to head into halftime. The Beavers (3-4, 0-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were put in a hole that the half-closing run could not fix during an 81-72 loss to the No. 25 ranked Wolves (7-1, 3-1 NSIC).
Sheley finished the game with a career high 30 points, coming one point shy of her previous mark of 25 points in the first half alone. The Wolves had gained a 23-point lead, 44-21, with just under four minutes before halftime before Sheley began her lights-out shooting streak. The Backus, Minn., native made six consecutive shots to finish the first half, including her only four 3-pointers of the night. The 16-0 run by Sheley brought Bemidji State within seven points of Northern State at the half, 44-37.
The shooting streak did not continue out of halftime, though, as the Wolves quickly went up by double-digit points again. Northern State held on to that double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. Sheley sparked another big run for the Beavers that would bring them within three points of the Wolves with just over two minutes in the game. With five Beavers contributing to a 14-2 run, including two 3-pointers by senior guard Hanna Zerr, BSU trailed just 72-69.
The next two possessions by each team were the turning points in the game as the Wolves converted consecutive layups and the Beavers missed a 3-pointer and gave the ball away on a turnover. Northern State finished the game shooting 5-for-8 from the free throw line to seal its victory.
Sheley added five rebounds, one assist and one steal to her stat line, while shooting 9-of-16 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. She was the first Beaver to score at least 30 points since Dec. 6, 2013. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer scored 14 points and continued to lead the Beavers with four assists. Zerr was the only other Beaver in double-digit scoring with 11 points.
Bemidji State comes back to BSU Gymnasium to host Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.
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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).