Pelzer, Sheley put Beavers in position late despite hot start from Wayne State

February 03, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State92492365
Wayne State (Neb.)269142170
Stats at a GlanceBSUWWSC
FG Percentage.415 (27-65) .380 (19-50)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .400 (8-20)
FT Percentage.625 (5-8) .727 (24-33)
Offensive Rebounds108
Defensive Rebounds2828
Total Rebounds3836
Turnovers109
Steals69
Bench Points1215
LeadersBSUWWSC
PointsSheley - 20
Ballinger - 20
ReboundsSheley - 10
Martensen - 8
TEAM - 8
AssistsPelzer - 5
Ballinger - 4
StealsSheley - 3
Martensen - 3
BlocksSenske - 1
Adamich - 1
Zerr - 1
Ballinger - 4
Pelzer, Sheley put Beavers in position late despite hot start from Wayne State
Friday, February 3, 2017
Pelzer, Sheley put Beavers in position late despite hot start from Wayne State

WAYNE, Neb. (Rice Auditorium) -- Senior guards Aimee Pelzer and Tatum Sheley helped the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team come back from a large first-quarter deficit but couldn’t complete the full upset during a 70-65 loss at Wayne State College. Sheley led BSU (6-15, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) with 20 points followed by 19 from Pelzer in the loss to WSC (16-6, 11-6 NSIC).

Pelzer scored 13 second-half points while finishing one point shy of her third consecutive game with at least 20. Sheley came alive late in the second quarter after WSC built a large first-quarter lead off 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc to help keep the Beavers in position to win late in the game. Sheley finished with her second career double-double while pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds.

Wayne State opened the first quarter red-hot from deep to build a 26-9 lead. Going against the game’s largest lead by either team of 17 points heading into the second quarter, Bemidji State controlled the boards to climb back to within two points before halftime.

Sheley helped the Beavers win the second-quarter rebound margin, 12-9. She finished with a team-high four rebounds during the first half, three on the defensive end. It was a rebound and drive by senior guard Allison Cordes that helped begin BSU’s hot second quarter.

Cordes finished an and-one opportunity off her own defensive rebound to spark a 20-6 run over the final 6:49 of the quarter. During that span, Bemidji State held Wayne State to 2-for-11 shooting from the floor, neither coming from beyond the arc. Sheley scored all of her nine first-half points and Pelzer scored all six of her first-half points over the final 5:43 minutes of the period to bring the Beavers within two, 35-33, at the halftime buzzer.

After Sheley tied the game for the first time, the Wildcats scored nine straight points to take a 44-35 lead and force a Beavers timeout. Sheley snapped WSC’s run with a running floater and her 13th point of the game, but Wayne State answered on the ensuing possession with a 3-pointer to regain a double-digit lead, 47-37, with 4:22 in the third quarter.

Pelzer scored the final three points of the third quarter followed by Sheley’s second and final 3-pointer of the game to put the Beavers within four points of the Wildcats, 49-45. BSU came within four points five more times over the final quarter but a 6-0 run by WSC put the lead at double-digits again with just over three minutes to go. Pelzer scored six points in the final 17 seconds to keep the door open for BSU but WSC sank two free throws with nine seconds in the game to seal the win.

Wayne State held on to the lead despite its second quarter lull and losing the battle in the paint with 2 points compared to 34 for Bemidji State. Paige Ballinger, the Wildcats’ leading scorer entering the game at 14 points per game, finished with 20 and 13 in the second half. WSC outshot BSU from the charity stripe, 24-of-33 for the Wildcats compared to 5-of-8 for the Beavers.

Bemidji State shot 41.5 percent, 27-of-65, from the floor and 30.0 percent, 6-of-20, from long range compared to 38.0 percent, 19-of-50, overall and 40.0 percent, 6-of-20, from 3-pointers.

Bemidji State closes the first of two road weekends Saturday at Augustana University. The Beavers and Vikings open play at 4 p.m. from the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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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).

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