Beavers hold off Huskies in 79-74 win

January 10, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
St. Cloud State1911242074
Bemidji State1623221879
Stats at a GlanceSCSUWBSUW
FG Percentage.364 (24-66) .460 (23-50)
3P FG Percentage.308 (4-13) .450 (9-20)
FT Percentage.759 (22-29) .686 (24-35)
Offensive Rebounds199
Defensive Rebounds2425
Total Rebounds4334
Bench Points7413
PointsMacDonald - 25
Senske - 22
Sheley - 22
ReboundsChristianson - 11
TEAM - 6
AssistsChristianson - 5
Zerr - 4
StealsMacDonald - 3
Sheley - 2
BlocksPratt - 2
Durand - 2
Beavers hold off Huskies in 79-74 win
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Beavers hold off Huskies in 79-74 win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- A strong second quarter performance vaulted the Bemidji State University women's basketball team to a 79-74 win over St. Cloud State University Sunday afternoon at the Sanford Center. Sophomore Sierra Senske and junior Tatum Sheley totaled 44 of the Beavers' (6-8, 2-8 NSIC) total against the Huskies (8-6, 7-3 NSIC).

The second quarter was the deciding factor as Bemidji State outscored St. Cloud State 23-11 in the period. While the Huskies outscored the Beavers in the other three quarters, BSU pulled to a game-high 13-point lead in the third. The Beavers opened up its 39-30 halftime lead to 47-34, coming off a layup from Senske and a free throw conversion from Sheley.

The Beavers reached a 13-point lead twice more before the Huskies pulled within 10 points in the final quarter. SCSU went on a 12-2 run through three minutes of playing time to tie the game at 66. The Huskies were able to tie the game twice more before the Beavers pulled away for good. Free throws and a layup by Senske brought the BSU lead to 76-72, which was followed by SCSU’s final points of the day by free throws. Bemidji State forced two missed shots and two turnovers, while sinking free throws, to seal the win.

Senske and Sheley totaled 22 points each while juniors Aimee Pelzer and Hanna Zerr recorded 11 each. Senior Sarah Durand also reached double digits with 10 points. Durand and Zerr chipped in five rebounds apiece to lead the Beavers while Zerr added four assists. Bemidji State shot 46 percent (23-50) from the field and 45 percent (9-20) from behind the arc. The Beavers held the Huskies to 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field and 30.8 percent (4-13) from long range.

Bemidji State travels next week for the final time in January while facing Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday, Jan. 15 and Concordia University-St. Paul Saturday, Jan. 16.

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).