Defensive pressure leads to 80-49 loss for Bemidji State

January 02, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State151571249
Minot State2022162280
Stats at a GlanceBSUWMINOT
FG Percentage.276 (16-58) .534 (31-58)
3P FG Percentage.227 (5-22) .333 (2-6)
FT Percentage.545 (12-22) .842 (16-19)
Offensive Rebounds125
Defensive Rebounds2236
Total Rebounds3441
Bench Points533
PointsPelzer - 13
Eurich - 13
ReboundsSenske - 9
Kingsbury - 9
AssistsCordes - 3
Pelzer - 3
Woods - 6
StealsPelzer - 2
Wald - 3
BlocksSenske - 2
Kingsbury - 2
Defensive pressure leads to 80-49 loss for Bemidji State
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Defensive pressure leads to 80-49 loss for Bemidji State

MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was unable to overcome first half defensive pressure from Minot State University in its 80-49 loss Saturday in Minot, N.D. Aimee Pelzer, entering as BSU’s (5-6, 1-6 NSIC) leading scorer, finished the day with a team-high 13 points while falling to MSU (7-6, 4-3 NSIC).

Pelzer and Sierra Senske both reached double-digit scoring, the seventh game in which both players put up 10+ points for the Beavers. Turnovers and a poor shooting percentage led Bemidji State to an early deficit it would not be able to overcome.

The two teams traded baskets over the first seven scores, which included three 3-pointers by Bemidji State to take a 9-7 lead just over two minutes into the game. Hanna Zerr, Allison Cordes and Aimee Pelzer each notched their first points of the day from long range. The lead was the last held by BSU in the game. Minot State followed Bemidji State’s lead with an 11-2 run. MSU pressured BSU with a full court press throughout the first half. The defense helped Minot State to a 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

MSU opened the following period on a 6-0 run as BSU missed three field goal attempts and two free throws over the first three minutes. Minot State’s pressure defense helped control the second quarter in a fashion almost identical to the first, holding Bemidji State to 15 points in the quarter and allowing the MSU offense to score 22. Bemidji State totaled 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to seven points for Minot State in a 42-30 lead at the half.

Bemidji State was unable to gain momentum to begin a comeback as Minot State continued its push from the first half. MSU shot 53.4 percent (31-58) from the field and grabbed 41 rebounds throughout the game to take a game high 78-46 lead with just over two minutes left in the game. Bemidji State converted one more basket over the remainder of the game in the 80-49 loss.

BSU finished shooting 27.6 percent (16-58) from the field and 22.7 percent (5-22) from long range. Bemidji State totaled 34 rebounds, 12 offensive which led to 11 second chance points. Pelzer led the way in scoring followed by Senske. Senske led the way on the boards with nine rebounds, one shy of recording her second double-double of the season.

Bemidji State closes out the NSIC weekend at University of Mary (7-8, 1-6 NSIC) Sunday at 2 p.m. in the McDowell Activity Center.

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).