|January 20, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||MINOT|
|FG Percentage||.569 (33-58)||.317 (19-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.529 (9-17)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (8-16)||.737 (14-19)|
Molina - 2
Clements - 1
MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- Senior guards Tatum Sheley and Aimee Pelzer turned their pursuits towards 1,000 career points into Bemidji State University women’s basketball’s first road win in 27 games with a 83-57 victory over Minot State University Friday night at MSU Dome in Minot, N.D. Pelzer led BSU (6-11, 3-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) with 25 points while Sheley finished with 14, 12 shy of 1,000 points in her career, against MiSU (3-16, 1-12 NSIC).
Bemidji State took its first road win since a 73-54 win at Valley City State University Jan. 6, 2015 and its first road win in NSIC play since a 71-69 win at University of Minnesota Crookston, Dec. 19, 2014. The win over Minot State also signified the first back-to-back wins in conference action for Bemidji State since consecutive victories Feb. 15-16, 2013 on the road against Minot State and University of Mary.
Pelzer’s 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting Friday night brought her to within 44 points of 1,000 for her career. Sheley topped her season average of 11.7 points per game to end the night with 988 career points at BSU.
Sheley and freshman center Sydney Arrington gave BSU a fast start in the first quarter, helping to an 8-3 lead three minutes into play. Sheley put a layup in and sank a 3-pointer for five of her eight first half points while Arrington converted one free throw and a layup. Minot State followed with an 18-6 run to end the first quarter, holding BSU to two-for-eight shooting from the field during the final six minutes.
The Bemidji State defense came alive in the second quarter to hold Minot State to seven points over the next 10 minutes. BSU carried over the momentum from defense to the offense, scoring 22 points in the second quarter. Pelzer began the quarter with three consecutive scores, including two 3-pointers, to finish with 11 points in the second period and 14 in the first half. Bemidji State held Minot State to 34.5 percent shooting from the field in the first half to enter halftime with a 36-30 lead.
BSU continued its momentum into the second half while opening the third quarter on a 10-4 run. Sheley scored four points during the run while three others chipped in two each. Bemidji State finished the game shooting 56.9 percent from the field while holding Minot State to 31.7. The rebound margin was also won by BSU, 38-36, but Bemidji State held a 33-24 advantage on the boards through the first three quarters.
Arrington scored 13 points while controlling the paint, shooting six-for-nine from the field. Sam Adamich was one rebound shy of her first double-double as a Beaver with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Bemidji State finishes its North Dakota road trip tomorrow with a 4 p.m. tip-off against U-Mary. The Beavers and Marauders play at McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, N.D., for the first of two season meetings.
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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).