Beavers fall for first time in 2015-16 after 80-52 loss at Golden Eagles

November 28, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State1213141352
Minnesota Crookston2415212080
Stats at a GlanceBSUWUMC
FG Percentage.345 (19-55) .417 (30-72)
3P FG Percentage.214 (3-14) .429 (12-28)
FT Percentage.786 (11-14) .800 (8-10)
Offensive Rebounds412
Defensive Rebounds3035
Total Rebounds3447
Bench Points1517
PointsSenske - 14
Nordick - 20
ReboundsPelzer - 6
Miller - 6
Gruber - 11
AssistsZerr - 4
Thielman - 5
StealsRappe - 2
Thielman - 3
BlocksSheley - 1
Odor - 2
Beavers fall for first time in 2015-16 after 80-52 loss at Golden Eagles
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Beavers fall for first time in 2015-16 after 80-52 loss at Golden Eagles

CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team slipped early Saturday while recording its first loss of the 2015-16 season, 80-52, at University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers (4-1, 0-1 NSIC) opened their scoring with a 3-pointer, but it was the Golden Eagles’ (4-1, 1-0 NSIC) shooting from long-range that was the difference-maker.

First quarter 3-pointers from Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State turnovers throughout the game led to the Beavers’ first loss of the season. Center Sierra Senske gave BSU a quick lead in the game, which was quickly followed by UMC’s conversions from the perimeter. Senske led the Beavers with 14 points and grabbing four rebounds.

The Beavers’ two leading scorers on the season, Senske and Aimee Pelzer continued the trend opening the game while recording all of the team’s first quarter points. Senske knocked down her first 3-pointer of the season to give the Beavers a quick 3-2 lead. She then hit two free throws to extend the lead. The Golden Eagles began to pull away, though, while unloading from behind the arc. UMC converted six 3-point field goals in the first quarter while taking a 24-12 lead through the opening period.

Tatum Sheley opened the second quarter with a jumper from the field, assisted by Mikayla Larson, to cut into the UMC lead. Following a Minnesota Crookston turnover and two missed 3-point attempts, Senske added a layup to bring UMC’s lead to just eight. The lead was cut to eight once more in the second quarter before the Golden Eagles went on a 13-3 run in seven minutes of action. Eight second-quarter Bemidji State turnovers aided Minnesota Crookston in a 39-25 lead at halftime.

The Golden Eagles extended the halftime lead to over 20 in the third quarter, eventually taking a game-high 33-point lead with just under three minutes left to play in the game.

Pelzer followed in scoring with 11 points while chipping in six rebounds and three assists. Katie Miller, BSU’s leading rebounder, tied Pelzer with six boards and scored three points, all from the free-throw line.

The Beavers shot 34.5 percent (19-55) from the field, 21.4 percent (3-14) from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent (11-14) from the free throw line. After beginning the game with six 3-pointers in the first quarter, Minnesota Crookston finished shooting 42.9 percent (12-28) from 3-point land. Bemidji State’s 18 turnovers was the most of the season while leading to 17 points for Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers forced 17 turnovers, leading to 14 points for BSU.

Bemidji State plays in its first full weekend of NSIC action while visiting St. Cloud State University Dec. 4 and University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 5. The Beavers and Huskies tipoff at 6 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minn., followed by the Bulldogs at 4 p.m. in Duluth, Minn.

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).