|December 30, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UIU|
|FG Percentage||.328 (20-61)||.350 (21-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.231 (6-26)||.105 (2-19)|
|FT Percentage||.933 (14-15)||.808 (21-26)|
Cordes - 2
Rosenstiel - 3
Adamich - 1
FAYETTE, Iowa (Dorman Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer came off the holiday break ready to score and neared a career high Friday night in a Bemidji State University women’s basketball 65-60 loss at Upper Iowa University. Pelzer finished with 23 points, one shy of tying her career high, as the Beavers (3-7, 0-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) allowed the Peacocks (1-10, 1-6 NSIC) to their first win of the season.
Pelzer sank eight shots in the game, including three 3-pointers and four free throws, to lead Bemidji State in scoring. Junior forward Sam Adamich scored in double-digits for the first time in her BSU career with 10 points. Junior center Sierra Senske also reached double-digit points with 12.
The Beavers and Peacocks began the game with a defensive battle, as each team shot below 33 percent in the first half. Blair Klostermann led Upper Iowa to a 7-0 run to start the game, scoring all seven points. The Beavers cut the lead down to four points twice in the first quarter, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Pelzer. UIU held a 19-15 lead heading into the second.
The defensive game began to pick up in the second quarter as neither team scored during the first three and a half minutes of play. Bemidji State held Upper Iowa to 26.7 percent shooting from the field on 4-of-15 shots and four turnovers. The Peacocks defense offset the poor shooting by holding the Beavers without a field goal until 4:21 in the half. Pelzer sank the first BSU shot of the second quarter and helped the Beavers to six of the last 10 points. Bemidji State held Upper Iowa without a 3-pointer in the first half but trailed the Peacocks, 27-21.
The Beavers opened the second half on a 7-0 run and traded scores with the Peacocks over the following four minutes of action. Junior center Seirra Senske and senior guard Tatum Sheley converted layups, including an and-one by Sheley, to give BSU a game-high four-point lead, 39-35. The Peacocks then chipped away at the slight deficit and regained the lead thanks to an 8-0 run. Pelzer accounted for the final three points of the third quarter, all via free throws, and began a scoring run into the fourth quarter.
With Bemidji State trailing 48-46 heading into the final quarter, Pelzer continued her scoring streak with nine consecutive points for BSU. The second of back-to-back layups gave Bemidji State a 55-54 lead with 5:40 in the game. Two minutes later, Pelzer sank her third 3-pointer of the night and took the Beavers’ final lead of the game, 58-57. Upper Iowa’s defense held Bemidji State to four missed field goals following Pelzer’s lead-stealing 3-pointer to take the lead for their first win in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
Bemidji State, entering the game allowing 40.9 rebounds per game, allowed 45 to Upper Iowa, which tied a season-high for the Peacocks. Klostermann led UIU with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field.
Bemidji State ends the 2016 calendar year tomorrow with a trip to Winona State University. The cross-division foes will tip off at 4 p.m. from McCown Gymnasium in the 78th meeting all-time.
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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).