|November 24, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NC||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.321 (17-53)||.548 (34-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.467 (7-15)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (6-9)||.800 (8-10)|
Zerr - 5
Knuti - 5
Zerr - 1
Durand - 1
Howe - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Aimee Pelzer netted a game-high 17 points and Tatum Sheley added 14 as the Bemidji State University women's basketball team beat Northland College, 83-44. The Beavers (4-0, 0-0 NSIC) finished out the non-conference schedule undefeated and begin the season with four wins for the first time since 1974-75.
The Beavers held a 44-23 edge on the glass and finished the night shooting 54.8 percent form the floor (34-of-62), which included a 7-of-15 (.467) performance from beyond the arc. The bench played an important role again in the win while outscoring Northland’s unit, 33-6.
Six different student-athletes opened scoring for the Beavers while taking a 13-9 lead late in the first quarter. Forward Katie Miller sank two of her four free throws on the night to take the four-point lead. Sierra Senske and Hanna Zerr added layups to close out the quarter with a 17-10 lead for BSU.
The Beavers extended the lead to open the second quarter while going on an 11-2 run, capped by a layup from Allie Knuti. BSU forced three turnovers during the stretch, which led to six points. Sarah Durand followed up by sparking another run with tow of her six points on the night. Her layup began an 11-0 run until four seconds remaining in the half, as Northland converted a 3-pointer heading into the break. The Beavers put up 26 points in the quarter to take a 43-19 halftime lead.
After allowing just nine points in the second quarter, the Bemidji State defense topped that by allowing eight in the third. The LumberJills knocked down two 3-pointers in during the first three minutes, but were held to two points over the final seven minutes. Pelzer outscored the entire Northland team during the quarter, converting three shots from behind the arc to finish the game with 17 points and give Bemidji State a 64-27 lead heading into the final period.
With the Beavers’ starters on the bench for most of the fourth quarter, the bench unit added 15 points to finish with the 83-44 win. Bemidji State put up its second-largest point output of the season while holding Northland to a season-low 44 points.
Following Pelzer and Sheley, Miller scored eight points with five rebounds, four on the offensive side, and two assists. Senske, Durand and Mikayla Larson each put up six points. The Beavers again were able to succeed in the paint while outscoring the LumberJills, 50-14.
Bemidji State now shifts its focus to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play as it travels to Crookston, Minn., Saturday to battle University of Minnesota Crookston in the 2015-16 league opener. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Lysaker Gymnasium.
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).