Senske sets all-time free throw record in Metro State Thanksgiving Classic opener

November 24, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State203171151
MSU Denver2212211671
Stats at a GlanceBSUWMSWB
FG Percentage.315 (17-54) .413 (31-75)
3P FG Percentage.269 (7-26) .100 (1-10)
FT Percentage.714 (10-14) .727 (8-11)
Offensive Rebounds119
Defensive Rebounds2436
Total Rebounds2555
Bench Points1315
PointsSenske - 20
Ohrdorf - 17
ReboundsTEAM - 5
Smith - 9
AssistsBachmann - 3
Smith - 8
StealsSenske - 1
Adamich - 1
Larson - 1
Zerr - 1
Squires-Horton - 2
BlocksArrington - 1
Rappe - 1
Appicelli - 1
Squires-Horton - 1
Katia - 1
Senske sets all-time free throw record in Metro State Thanksgiving Classic opener
Friday, November 24, 2017
Senske sets all-time free throw record in Metro State Thanksgiving Classic opener

DENVER, Colo. (Auraria Event Center) -- Senior center Sierra State set Bemidji State University women’s basketball’s all-time free throw record Friday night in the program’s 71-51 loss to Metro State University during the opening night of the Metro State Thanksgiving Classic. The Beavers (1-2) opened the night on a 9-0 run before being outrebounded 55-25 and shooting 31.5 percent from the floor.

Bemidji State opened the tournament with a hot start, shooting 3-for-3 from the field, all three shots going in from beyond the arc. Senior center Sierra Senske and freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann converted the first two shots, while sophomore guard Erica Gartner made her first 3-pointer of the game to give the Beavers a 9-0 lead.

BSU held its lead until just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter, following a 10-2 run by MSU. The Beavers retook the lead two more times in the opening period, its last coming on a 3-pointer by freshman forward Gabby DuBois with 2:05 left on the clock. After that point, Bemidji State scored just three points through the end of the first quarter and the entire second half, compared to 16 points for Metro State. The Roadrunners took a 34-23 lead into halftime.

The Roadrunners extended the lead to over 20 points five minutes into the second half, leading by as many as 24 points in the game. Gartner made her second and third 3-pointers of the night to bring Bemidji State to its closest margin of the fourth quarter, 61-49.

Senske led all Beavers with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while converting 5-of-6 free throw attempts. She set BSU’s all-time free throws made record at 327 career free throws. Senske also BSU with four rebounds.

BSU shot 31.5 percent as a team, going 17-of-54 from the field, and 26.9 percent from long range, going 7-of-26 from 3-point range. Metro State outrebounded Bemidji State, 55-25, including a 19-1 advantage on the offensive side.

Bemidji State completes the Metro State Thanksgiving Classic Saturday with a 4 p.m. tip-off against Colorado Christian University. The Beavers and Cougars will play in the programs’ first ever meeting at the Auraria Event Center.

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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).