Final three quarters lead to 82-71 loss for Beavers

January 15, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State2111221771
Minnesota State1625202182
Stats at a GlanceBSUWMSU
FG Percentage.403 (27-67) .500 (33-66)
3P FG Percentage.389 (7-18) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.556 (10-18) .647 (11-17)
Offensive Rebounds1116
Defensive Rebounds2034
Total Rebounds3150
Bench Points921
PointsZerr - 21
Ziegler - 20
ReboundsSenske - 8
Ziegler - 22
AssistsCordes - 7
Ziegler - 5
StealsPelzer - 4
Cordes - 4
Helgoe - 2
BlocksPelzer - 1
Hoelmenn - 2
Ziegler - 2
Final three quarters lead to 82-71 loss for Beavers
Friday, January 15, 2016
Final three quarters lead to 82-71 loss for Beavers

MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team took a first quarter lead but was unable to seal the game in an 82-71 loss to Minnesota State University Mankato in Taylor Center. Despite junior guard Hanna Zerr scoring a career-high 21 points, the Mavericks (5-9, 4-6 NSIC) were able to keep the Beavers (6-9, 2-9 NSIC) winless on the road.

Zerr got the Beavers out to a hot start with 10 first-quarter points in a 21-16 lead after the opening period. Sophomore Sierra Senske and junior Tatum Sheley added nine and eight points, respectively, in the second half while Bemidji State pulled within seven points to close out the third quarter.

Aimee Pelzer and Zerr gave the Beavers a quick 5-0 lead after the first two possessions; one of three five-point leads for BSU in the first half. Another 5-0 run and 3-point conversion from Zerr put Bemidji State up by five and six points, respectively. Zerr’s second 3-pointer of the game ended the first quarter with a 21-16 lead for Bemidji State. After beginning the second quarter on a 13-2 run, Minnesota State ended the half on a 25-11 run to take a 41-32 halftime lead.

Sheley opened up second-half scoring for the Beavers with her first of two 3-pointers on the day. The eight-point deficit was the lowest until Mikayla Larson converted a turnover into three points, bringing the Beavers within seven points at the end of the third, 61-54. Two free throws from Larson brought BSU even closer, 66-60, before MSU went on a 6-0 run to seal the win.

Bemidji State finished shooting 40.3 percent (27-67) from the field and 38.9 percent (7-18) from behind the arc, while Minnesota State shot 50 percent (33-66) from the floor and 26.3 percent (5-19) from long-range. The Mavericks totaled 50 rebounds compared to 31 rebounds for the Beavers, while BSU totaled 12 steals and 18 points off turnovers.

Sheley followed Zerr’s career night scoring with 13 points, while Pelzer and Senske totaled 12. Cordes totaled a career-high seven assists while and tied a career-mark with four steals.

Bemidji State closes out the NSIC South road trip at Concordia University-St. Paul at 4 p.m. The Beavers and Golden Bears play for the only time during the season in the Gangelhoff 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).