|December 15, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UMCWBB|
|FG Percentage||.382 (26-68)||.421 (24-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (8-30)||.350 (7-20)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (8-12)||.806 (25-31)|
Gruber - 3
Gartner - 2
Sheley - 1
Senske - 1
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer got off to a hot start off the bench Thursday night for Bemidji State University women’s basketball, but three 3-pointers in the opening quarter and a career-high 24 points could not spark BSU to a win against University Minnesota Crookston at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles (1-8, 1-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) handed the Beavers (3-6, 0-5 NSIC) an 80-68 loss in the final game before the holiday break.
Minnesota Crookston nabbed its first win of the season and continued a three-game win streak against Bemidji State in the Highway 2 rivalry. Pelzer scored nine first-quarter points with three 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 24 points. Senior guard Tatum Sheley continued her pursuit towards 1,000 career points with 14 against UMC, ending the game with 917 career points at BSU.
Averaging 62.6 points per game this season, the Golden Eagles scored a season-high in points against the Beavers. Bemidji State allowed Minnesota Crookston to shot 42.1 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles were able to find their way to the charity stripe throughout the game, taking 31 free throw attempts and sinking a season-high 25.
Bemidji State jumped back from a 5-0 deficit to trail 5-4 behind baskets from Sierra Senske and Emma Rappe. Pelzer’s first two 3-pointers gave BSU leads of 7-6 and 12-11. The Golden Eagles went on an 8-0 run before Pelzer’s next 3-pointer. Pelzer’s ninth point of the night and an offensive rebound putback by Sheley set the end of the first quarter score at 19-17 in favor of Minnesota Crookston.
Rappe helped cut the lead for UMC down to one point, 23-22, with her first 3-pointer of the night. BSU missed its next four field goals and gave away two turnovers during a 10-1 run for UMC. Sydney Arrington, Pelzer and Sheley each aided in a 7-2 run for BSU to cut the halftime deficit down to 35-30.
Sheley scored five quick points for BSU to pull within one point of UMC again, but the close score did not last long. The Golden Eagles began an 11-0 run with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter, finishing under the five-minute mark with a 49-37 lead. UMC took a 21-point, 61-39 lead as BSU continued a seven-minute stretch without a field goal. The run of eight consecutive missed field goals by BSU was snapped when Sheley made her second 3-pointer of the game. Minnesota Crookston was able to outscore Bemidji State in the third quarter, 27-12, to create enough separation for its first win of the season.
Bemidji State will take a two-week hiatus for the holiday break before returning to action at University of Upper Iowa Dec. 30 and Winona State University Dec. 31. The Beavers and Peacocks begin play in Fayette, Iowa at 6 p.m. and the Beavers and Warriors tip-off in Winona, Minn., at 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).