|January 28, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.441 (26-59)||.359 (23-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.625 (15-24)||.818 (9-11)|
Jordan - 3
Muth - 1
Ziegler - 1
Jordan - 1
Pelzer - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer became the 19th member of the 1,000-point club for Bemidji State University women's basketball Saturday afternoon after scoring 23 points against Minnesota State University, Mankato. BSU (6-14, 3-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell to MSU (12-8, 8-8 NSIC) on the historic night, 75-64.
Pelzer joins fellow senior guard Tatum Sheley, who recorded her 1,000th career point a week prior, as one of five sets of Beavers women’s players in the same class to join the club. After opening her night with a 3-pointer, Pelzer sank a free throw early in the second quarter to reach the milestone.
The Beavers got off to a slow start shooting as the team missed its first seven shots from the field. The Mavericks took advantage of the start to build a 7-0 lead. Pelzer put in her first bucket of the day, a 3-pointer assisted by senior guard Allison Cordes, to snap the streak and bring her within one point of the 1,000 mark. Her 1,000th career point brought BSU within nine points of MSU, 23-14.
Three-pointers by junior guard Mikayla Larson and Cordes again cut the lead to five points, 27-22. The Mavericks were able to go ahead by nine points again, but the Beavers finished the quarter with two layups to trail, 33-28, heading into halftime.
Junior forward Sam Adamich opened the second half with her second basket of the game and brought BSU within three points, 33-30. Mavericks guard Britney Scherber made two of her team-high 18 points on the night to spark a 10-0 run for MSU following Adamich’s score. MSU held a double-digit lead until BSU went on a 9-0 run towards the end of the third quarter, led by Pelzer and freshman center Sydney Arrington.
The Beavers only pulled within four points twice during the final quarter, while the Mavericks won the final period with a 19-14 margin.
In addition to Pelzer’s team-high 23 points, she also continued her NSIC-leading assist streak during conference play with eight assists against MSU. Sophomore forward Emma Rappe finished the game with a career-high 15 points, 10 coming in the first half. Senior guard Hanna Zerr also set a career high, pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the team.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 35.9 percent, but was able to top its average assists per game of 14.9 with 20 on 23 field goals. Minnesota State shot 44.1 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc during the game.
Bemidji State takes to the road for four of its final six games of the regular season, first traveling to Wayne State College and Augustana University. The Beavers and Wildcats tip off from Wayne, Neb., Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. before heading to Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 4 for a 4 p.m. game-time versus the Vikings.
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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).