Senske creates post presence early despite 64-52 Beavers loss

February 17, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
University of Mary917191964
Bemidji State138181352
Stats at a GlanceMARYBSUW
FG Percentage.440 (22-50) .333 (18-54)
3P FG Percentage.389 (7-18) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.722 (13-18) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds79
Defensive Rebounds2822
Total Rebounds3531
Turnovers1111
Steals36
Bench Points2017
LeadersMARYBSUW
PointsBohl - 17
Senske - 16
ReboundsAskvig - 8
Weir - 8
Senske - 7
AssistsRotunda - 5
Pelzer - 4
Cordes - 4
Zerr - 4
StealsAskvig - 1
Kluge - 1
Hearn - 1
Adamich - 2
BlocksLarson - 1
Senske - 2
Senske creates post presence early despite 64-52 Beavers loss
Friday, February 17, 2017
Senske creates post presence early despite 64-52 Beavers loss

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team began Friday night's 64-52 loss to University of Mary strong in the post, but a second-half change led to a victory for the Marauders in BSU Gymnasium. BSU (6-19, 3-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) was led offensive by junior center Sierra Senske with 16 points, including nine straight to begin the game against U-Mary (14-15, 9-12 NSIC).

Senske finished the first half with 12 points, including 6-of-8 from the charity stripe, to keep the Beavers in position heading into the second half. Sophomore forward Emma Rappe scored all eight of her points in the second half, although the Beavers were not able to continue the post success. U-Mary outrebounded BSU in the second half, 18-10, including five offensive boards that led to seven second-chance points.

The Beavers began their night with an emphasis on play in the post, as Senske scored the first nine points for BSU. She was able to get to the basket for three layups, as Bemidji State took a 6-0 lead, and added three free throws through the first six minutes of the first quarter.

BSU’s defense held Mary to 0-for-8 shooting from the field during the first half of the opening period, but the Marauders outscored the Beavers to end the first quarter, 8-5. Mary continued its mission to take the lead while stifling BSU in the post. The Beavers shot uncharacteristically poor from beyond the arc, hitting 1-of-9 shots from long range in the first half. Mary converted four 3-pointers while taking their first lead, 23-21, with 1:31 to go in the half.

The Marauders made two of their first three shots out of the halftime break from beyond the arc to take a 34-25 lead four minutes into the third quarter. The BSU defense forced U-Mary to shoot 0-for-4 from the field and give away two turnovers over the next three minutes to lead the offense to an 11-2 run to tie the game at 36-36. U-Mary converted its next shot to take the final lead of the night.

BSU went 1-for-5 from the floor to end the third quarter, which U-Mary took advantage of to head to the fourth with a 45-39 lead.

Senior guard Aimee Pelzer followed Senske with 12 points, three field goals coming from beyond the arc, while she grabbed five rebounds and added four assists. Senske led BSU on the boards with seven.

U-Mary had three players reach double-figure scoring, led by Gabbie Bohl with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Bemidji State closes out its final home game of the 2016-17 season Saturday against Minot State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. between BSU and MiSU while recognizing four seniors and one junior during senior day from BSU Gymnasium.

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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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