|January 07, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMDW||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.365 (23-63)||.455 (20-44)|
|3P FG Percentage||.294 (5-17)||.476 (10-21)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.833 (10-12)|
Pelzer - 16
Kozlowski - 2
Orr - 2
Harris - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team grabbed its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win of the season Saturday afternoon with a 60-57 win over University of Minnesota Duluth at Sanford Center. The Beavers (4-9, 1-8 NSIC) clicked on both ends of the court while three players recorded or came close to double-doubles against the Bulldogs (9-5, 7-3 NSIC).
Junior center Sierra Senske finished the game with her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds while senior guards Aimee Pelzer and Tatum Sheley also came close. Both led the Beavers with 16 points each while Pelzer recorded seven assists and Sheley grabbed nine rebounds.
After a slow start in the first quarter the night before, Bemidji State shot 60.0 percent in the opening period against Minnesota Duluth. Freshman guard Erica Gartner sank two 3-pointers in the quarter while Pelzer scored five points, including the Beavers’ go-ahead score for the final lead of the night. BSU finished the first quarter with an 18-14 lead before extending the advantage to eight, 26-18, with 5:09 to go until halftime. Despite shooting 1-for-7 to finish the second quarter, the Beavers left the court for halftime with a 28-25 lead, their first lead at halftime in NSIC play.
Pelzer opened the second half with her third and final 3-pointer of the game as both teams traded baskets over the next six scores. UMD was able to cut the lead down to one twice, 35-34 and 38-37, but freshman center Sydney Arrington made a layup and two free throws to extend the lead to two scores again. Sheley gave the Beavers a nine-point, 48-39, lead after the third quarter that was pushed to double-digits two minutes into the final period. BSU’s lead of 11 points, its largest of a second half in conference play, was cut down to a one possession game as UMD went on a 7-0 run in the final minutes of action.
The Bulldogs still had fouls to give with 41 seconds remaining and eventually sent the Beavers to the free throw line with 23 seconds in the game. The ball was placed in the hands of Pelzer, who made 3-of-4 free throws over the final minutes of play to seal the win.
The Beavers outshot the Bulldogs in both halves, including a 52.6 percent to 37.5 differential in the second. Sheley finished the game shooting 60.0 percent, 6-of-10, from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs were led offensively by Sammy Kozlowski with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor.
BSU concludes the Sanford Series Tuesday while hosting Minnesota Crookston at 6 p.m. The Beavers are looking to even the season series after an 80-68 loss at the Golden Eagles Dec. 15.
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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).