U-Mary comes back to take down Bemidji State, 71-66

January 03, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State24982566
Univ. of Mary1514182471
Stats at a GlanceBSUWMARY
FG Percentage.267 (20-75) .387 (24-62)
3P FG Percentage.333 (11-33) .143 (3-21)
FT Percentage.682 (15-22) .769 (20-26)
Offensive Rebounds2216
Defensive Rebounds2435
Total Rebounds4651
Bench Points58
PointsPelzer - 23
Dietz - 25
ReboundsSenske - 10
Larson - 13
AssistsZerr - 4
Clarke - 5
Larson - 5
StealsPelzer - 4
Clarke - 2
BlocksSenske - 2
Larson - 3
U-Mary comes back to take down Bemidji State, 71-66
Sunday, January 3, 2016
U-Mary comes back to take down Bemidji State, 71-66

BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team held an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but a second-half comeback by University of Mary led to a 71-66 loss Sunday afternoon in Bismarck, N.D. Aimee Pelzer tied a career high with 23 points for the Beavers (5-7, 1-7 NSIC).

For the second game in a row, the Beavers began the game with three 3-point field goals. Pelzer, Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr each connected from long range while taking a 9-4 lead. Pelzer made another shot from behind the arc one minute later to spark a quick 5-0 run. Allison Cordes missed a transition layup before grabbing her own rebound and converting the second chance points, giving BSU a 14-6 lead with just over six minutes in the first quarter. Cordes pulled down another offensive rebound minutes later to set up Zerr for another 3-pointer. The shot from downtown began an 8-4 run to end the first quarter and take a 24-15 lead.

Both teams traded scores throughout the majority of the second quarter. At the 2:34 mark, Mary began a 7-0 run to bring the deficit down to four points at the half. Bemidji State missed six field goals to finish the half while taking a 33-29 lead into the locker room.

Sheley opened second half scoring for the Beavers with two free throws and a jump shot to take a 37-32 lead. An 8-0 run gave Mary its first lead since scoring the first two points of the game. Sierra Senske made one free throw to break the run for a short period as the Marauders followed on a 5-0 run to take a 45-38 lead. Zerr’s third 3-pointer of the game with 51 seconds in the third quarter broke the skid to cut the Marauders’ lead to four points.

The Beavers turned the ball over three times over the first three minutes of the final period. The Marauders took advantage while pulling to a 10-point, 54-44, lead. Over the next three minutes, the Beavers forced four missed field goals and two turnovers by the Marauders while going on an 8-0 run. Sarah Durand hit her only 3-pointer of the day to bring BSU within two points, 54-52, at the 4:13 mark in the game. Mary created a six-point separation that Zerr cut down to three with under one minute to go. The three-point Beaver deficit was the smallest the rest of the way as Mary sealed the game with free throws.

Bemidji State finished shooting 26.7 percent (20-75) from the field and 33.3 percent (11-33) from behind the arc. The Beavers trailed in the rebounding margin, 51-46, while grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and scoring 21 second-chance points. Pelzer led the team with 23 points, tying a career high. She has totaled 23 points in a game three times this season. Zerr followed Pelzer with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from long range.

Bemidji State returns home to host University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University Jan. 9-10 at the Sanford 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).