|December 31, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||WSU|
|FG Percentage||.464 (26-56)||.527 (29-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (11-22)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (3-6)||.667 (10-15)|
- 25||Jenny Tuttle
- 9||Hannah McGlone
- 5||Jenny Tuttle
- 4||Jenny Tuttle
WINONA, Minn. (McCown Gymnasium) -- The Winona State University women’s basketball team converted high-percentage shots Saturday night to hand Bemidji State University a 76-66 loss at McCown Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-8, 0-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were outscored in the paint, 39-24, while the No. 16 Warriors (12-2, 7-1 NSIC) shot 52.7 percent from the field.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 46.4 percent (26-56) from the field, after entering the game shooting 40.5 percent this season. The Warriors put the Beavers’ defense on its heels as BSU averages 42.7 percent shooting to opponents from the field. Twenty-two second-half points in the paint from Winona State helped hold down Bemidji State after trailing just two points in the third quarter.
Senior guard Aimee Pelzer surpassed her scoring output from the previous game while setting a career high in points against the Warriors. Pelzer, who led BSU in scoring for the third consecutive game, finished with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Pelzer put in her first three shots from beyond the arc, the second of which gave BSU its largest lead of the night, 6-2, early in the first quarter. Pelzer accounted for 11 of the Beavers’ first 15 points of the game. The Warriors battled back to take a 25-16 lead just before the end of the first quarter. Bemidji State came back in the second quarter to tie the game, 28-28, after a 13-6 run and senior guard Tatum Sheley’s first 3-pointer of the game. Winona State again found a way to create separation with its defense, going on a 12-0 run. Pelzer finished the first half with two consecutive baskets, part of 16 first-half points, and brought BSU’s deficit down to 40-33 at halftime. The Warriors’ Jenny Tuttle led her team in scoring through the first two quarters with 21 points.
Four different scorers helped bring the Beavers back to within two points of the Warriors, 44-42, midway through the third quarter. Winona State’s defense again helped create a run, this time of 8-0, before ending the third quarter with a 57-48 lead. Bemidji State and Winona State traded scorers until two minutes left in the fourth quarter, leaving no time for the Beavers to make a comeback.
Junior forward Sam Adamich scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, while junior center Sierra Senske was one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. In addition to shooting a season-high 76.9 field goal percentage, Pelzer dished out five assists and recorded four steals.
Bemidji State returns to Bemidji, Minn., for a five-game home stand, beginning with a weekend doubleheader against St. Cloud State University at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 and University of Minnesota Duluth at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. The Beavers will play their next three games, including hosting the Huskies and Bulldogs, at Sanford Center in Bemidji.
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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).