|January 10, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMCWBB||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.534 (31-58)||.468 (29-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.478 (11-23)|
|FT Percentage||.882 (15-17)||.600 (6-10)|
Stinson - 1
Gruber - 1
Larson - 2
Gartner - 2
Senske - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer helped account for 16 baskets with 21 points and eight assists for Bemidji State University women's basketball Tuesday night at Sanford Center despite an 83-75 loss to University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers (4-10, 1-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) totaled three players in double-digit scoring including a hot second-quarter performance by senior guard Allison Cordes who shot 4-for-4 from beyond the arc during the period.
Bemidji State rode the scoring performances of Cordes and Pelzer, including three first-quarter 3-pointers by Pelzer, to a three-point lead at halftime. Pelzer began the game with three 3-pointers and helped the Beavers come close to topping the Golden Eagles with seven points in the fourth quarter. She recorded eight of BSU’s 21 assists on the night, tying a career high. The entire Beavers squad set up its scores well while finishing with 29 field goals.
The Beavers began the game shooting 5-for-6 to take a game-high eight-point, 14-6 lead four minutes into action. Pelzer accounted for all three of her first-quarter baskets during that stretch and received help from junior forward Sam Adamich and freshman guard Erica Gartner as they also recorded buckets to take the lead. Kelsey Stinson hit her first field goal of the night to spark the Golden Eagles to a 7-0 run late in the quarter.
After Bemidji State entered the second period with a 19-18 lead, Minnesota Crookston took its first lead since 8:02 in the first quarter. Cordes went on a stretch of 4-for-4 shooting from the field and from long range, including three consecutive scores for BSU, to take and hold the lead until the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Paige Weakley gave the Golden Eagles the lead again in the third quarter that the team would hold for five minutes during the period. A 7-2 run, though, aided the Beavers in taking a 61-60 lead into the fourth.
The Golden Eagles crashed the boards to take control in the final 10 minutes, outrebounding the Beavers in the quarter, 15-4. Neither team led by more than four points over the stretch until Alison Hughes scored four consecutive points and Emily Gruber sank two free throws for UMC. The duo helped the Golden Eagles to a 10-2 run to finish the game and take the season series against the Beavers.
Cordes and junior center Sierra Senske each finished with 14 points while Gruber led UMC with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Four Golden Eagles players grabbed at least six rebounds, including Gruber with a team-high eight, while no Beavers player recorded more than five.
Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium Jan. 13 and 14 to host University of Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University. The games will end a five-game home-stand for BSU.
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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).