|February 18, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.517 (30-58)||.473 (26-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (6-12)||.393 (11-28)|
|FT Percentage||.818 (18-22)||1.000 (27-27)|
Sheley - 4
Pelzer - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team was able to send off its 2016-17 senior class with a victory after taking down Minot State University, 90-84, Saturday night at BSU Gymnasium. BSU (7-19, 4-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) set a program record with 27 consecutive free throws made during the game, finishing perfect from the line.
Junior Sierra Senske led BSU’s perfect night from the line with a program-record 14 consecutive free throws while finishing with 16 points. Senior guards Aimee Pelzer and Tatum Sheley led BSU’s second-largest scoring output of the season with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
After Bemidji State allowed Minot State to a 2-0 lead, BSU sank back-to-back 3-pointers from senior guards Allison Cordes and Sheley off two assists from Pelzer to bust out to a 6-2 lead early. The Beavers continued to hold the lead for nearly nine total minutes in the first quarter. Sheley totaled 11 points in the first quarter as BSU entered the second quarter with an 18-17 lead.
Neither team took a lead larger than three points during the second quarter. Sheley added one of her two first-half assists on a pass to Senske in the paint for a three-point, 35-32, lead with 2:29 until halftime. Minot State followed with six straight points and held Bemidji State to 0-for-3 shooting from the floor to end the half with a 38-37 lead.
Bemidji State took the lead with the first points of the second half and began to pull away midway through the third quarter. Pelzer sank her second of four 3-pointers on the night to spark a 10-0 run over a two-minute span. Cordes scored the final points of the run off a fast break and-one opportunity to give BSU a 57-45 lead.
Minot State was able to cut into Bemidji State’s lead to end the third quarter, scoring the final eight points of the period. BSU kept up with every MiSU field goal while holding a lead of at least three points the rest of the game.
While the seniors were recognized for their careers at BSU, it was a freshman who provided energy off the bench as guard Shaice Marx finished with five rebounds, three offensive, to finish second on the team. Cordes and Zerr ended their home careers with nine and four points, respectively.
The Beavers recognized five players on senior day, including Cordes, junior forward Katie Miller, Pelzer, Sheley and Zerr
BSU will travel for the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 22. Bemidji State heads to Wayne, Neb., to face off against Wayne State College with a 7 p.m. scheduled tip-off.
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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).