|February 26, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.353 (18-51)||.491 (28-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.389 (7-18)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.750 (12-16)|
Hora - 4
Myer - 2
Bray - 2
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sanford Pentagon) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team saw one of its most successful seasons in recent memory come to a close Wednesday night following a 75-56 loss to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., during the opening round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament.
Augustana led the entire game despite a close running through the first quarter. The Vikings took a four-point lead five times throughout the opening period, but the Beavers pulled to within one point multiple times. Junior center Taylor Bray scored her ninth and 10th points of the quarter on free throws to bring BSU within one point, 18-17, to end the first quarter, its closest margin the rest of the way.
Bemidji State gave away six turnovers and went 0-of-3 shooting from the field to open the second quarter, which allowed Augustana to go on a 17-0 run. The Vikings built an 18-point, 35-17, lead out of the media timeout after going 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc during its run. BSU stayed point for point with AU to close out the final 4:06 of the first half but went into halftime facing a 48-29 deficit.
The Vikings continued to build its lead over the Beavers in the third quarter on solid shooting and points off turnovers. Bemidji State allowed Augustana to shoot 7-of-11 in the quarter while giving away seven points off turnovers. AU built a game-high 26-point, 67-41, lead and won by double-digits after Bemidji State outscored Augustana in the fourth quarter, 15-8.
Bray led BSU with 16 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals while sophomore guard Trinity Myer followed in scoring with 10 points. Freshman center Rachael Heittola led the Beavers with 10 rebounds, her fourth game of the season with double-digit boards.
On the night, BSU shot 35.3 percent (18-51) from the field and 40.0 percent (8-20) from long range while AU shot 49.1 percent (28-57) from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-18) from beyond the arc. BSU won the rebound margin, 37-30, but gave away 33 points off 22 turnovers.
Bemidji State finishes the season 9-18 overall, which is its most wins since the 2013-14 season.
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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).