|November 21, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Valley City State
|Stats at a Glance||VAL||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.333 (19-57)||.500 (31-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (2-10)||.462 (6-13)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (6-6)||.818 (9-11)|
- 14||Aimee Pelzer
- 9||Katie Miller
- 3||Hanna Zerr
- 2||Allie Knuti
Nya Chakin - 1
Aimee Pelzer - 1
Emma Rappe - 1
Allie Knuti - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Guard Aimee Pelzer scored 17 points while making no-look assists to help the Bemidji State University women's basketball team take down Valley City State University, 77-46, Saturday in BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers outrebounded the Vikings, 42-27, to move to 3-0 overall.
The Beavers offense started the game hot, hitting four-of-five shots to jump to an 11-4 lead. Each of the Beavers top three scorers (Pelzer, Tatum Sheley and Sierra Senske) added points during the run, which was capped off by two free-throw conversions from Hanna Zerr. BSU pushed the lead to nine late in the quarter, totaling 10 points in the paint while taking a 22-13 lead to the second quarter.
Five Beavers chipped in to spark another run to open the second quarter, this time to take a 17-point lead. Center Allie Knuti made six of her seven points on the night to help take a 37-20 lead, midway through the second quarter. BSU continued to push the ball into the paint while scoring six of the team’s final eight points in the quarter from close range. The Beavers took a 47-22 advantage into halftime, totaling 26 points in the paint through the first half.
The Vikings began to give the Beavers’ defense fits while sticking close throughout the third quarter. Valley City State’s leading scorer on the season, Georgia Williams, was fouled on a 3-point attempt half way through the quarter, sinking all three free-throw opportunities. The three points was the total allowed to Williams, who averaged 18.3 points per game heading into the contest. While the Vikings went on a 7-0 run, including Williams’ three free throws, the 16-point lead by the Beavers would be the lowest during the remainder of the game.
The Beavers forced four turnovers in the final quarter while limiting the Vikings to just three baskets from the field. A 14-6 run by Bemidji State closed out the team’s third win of the season. Pelzer added three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead the team in scoring for the second consecutive game.
The Beavers shot 50 percent (31-62) from the field and 46.2 percent (6-13) from behind the arc. BSU also went 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the charity stripe. Bemidji State saw a contribution from the bench while the unit added 18 points. Sheley followed Pelzer in scoring with 16 points while Senske added 14. Katie Miller led both teams with 10 rebounds, one shy of a career-high, with four coming on offensive boards. Zerr chipped in eight points with five assists while Pelzer also added four assists.
Bemidji State closes out non-conference games Tuesday while hosting Northland College in BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers and LumberJills tip-off at 6 p.m. as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader.
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).