|December 09, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.298 (17-57)||.409 (27-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.350 (7-20)||.217 (5-23)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (6-10)||.647 (11-17)|
Thorson - 4
Volkert - 1
Davis - 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team made a run late in the third quarter Saturday afternoon against (RV) Minnesota State University Moorhead, but was not able to hold off a fourth quarter surge in a 70-47 loss at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Sophomore center Sydney Arrington scored 13 first half points en route to leading the Beavers (2-6, 1-3 Northern State Intercollegiate Conference) with 15 total points on the day.
The Beavers were put on the board first by sophomore guard Erica Gartner following two quick baskets by the Dragons. MSUM followed Gartner’s jumper with its first 3-pointer of the day and extended the early lead to 9-2 nearly three minutes later. BSU answered with a quick run of its own, bringing the deficit down to just two points but couldn’t get closer as MSUM exited the first quarter with 10 points in the paint and an 18-13 lead.
Sophomore center Sydney Arrington brought the Beavers within two points of the Dragons again just under two minutes into the second period. MSU Moorhead forward Megan Hintz then immediately began a 9-0 run with a layup followed by seven straight points from Dragons forward Drew Sannes. Freshman guard Maria Appicelli stopped the run with her only basket of the game, a 3-pointer from Gartner, but MSUM again pushed the lead to 10 points at halftime, 33-23.
After the Dragons more than doubled their lead, 47-26, with 5:43 to play in the third, junior forward Emma Rappe sank back-to-back 3-pointers to cap an 11-2 run for the Beavers. The long range shots ended the third quarter with BSU trailing MSUM, 49-37. MSUM pulled away in the fourth quarter with 10 points in the paint and a rebound margin of 16-to-5 over BSU to secure the game.
Arrington led BSU with 15 points, including 13 in the first half, while also recording a career-high three steals. She was the only Beaver to score in double-digits, as Rappe followed with nine points coming from three 3-pointers. Dragons forwards Drew Sannes and Megan Hintz led the game with 21 and 19 points, respectively.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 29.8 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from long range, compared to 40.9 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from 3-pointers by MSU Moorhead. The Dragons ended with a 51-33 advantage in rebounds, including 15 offensive rebounds put back for 11 second-chance points.
Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 16 to face University of Minnesota Crookston for the first time this season. The Beavers and Golden Eagles begin the first of two games during the season at 2 p.m. from Bemidji, Minn.
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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).