Beavers slip after early lead to Dragons, 75-67

January 23, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minnesota State Moorhead1922211375
Bemidji State188202167
Stats at a GlanceMSUMBSUW
FG Percentage.429 (27-63) .417 (25-60)
3P FG Percentage.429 (9-21) .529 (9-17)
FT Percentage.800 (12-15) .667 (8-12)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds2928
Total Rebounds3937
Bench Points1321
PointsStrese - 21
Banasik - 21
Sheley - 15
ReboundsVan Wyhe - 7
TEAM - 9
AssistsVan Wyhe - 5
Pelzer - 5
Zerr - 5
StealsVan Wyhe - 3
Pelzer - 1
Miller - 1
Zerr - 1
BlocksSannes - 2
Senske - 1
Rappe - 1
Beavers slip after early lead to Dragons, 75-67
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Beavers slip after early lead to Dragons, 75-67

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team pulled a double-digit deficit down to six points in the fourth quarter, but couldn't fully climb back in a 75-67 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (6-12, 2-12 NSIC) held a seven-point lead in the first quarter before trailing at halftime to the Dragons (13-4, 10-4 NSIC).

Four different Beavers scored to open the game, as BSU took a 9-5 lead two and a half minutes into action. Tatum Sheley sank her first three-pointer of the day before following with another one minute later. The Dragons pulled to within one point before Aimee Pelzer followed Sheley's lead and made back-to-back shots from long range, both set up by Sierra Senske, to take an 18-11 lead in the first quarter. The lead was the largest for the Beavers in the first half as the Dragons closed out the quarter on an 8-0 run.

Senior Sarah Durand made her only shot of the game to regain the lead for BSU, stepping one foot on the 3-point arc for two points. After the 22-21 lead, the Dragons went on another run, this time of 15 unanswered points. MSUM entered the locker room at halftime with a 15-point advantage, 41-26. 

Bemidji State outscored MSU Moorhead in the second half, 41-34, despite the Dragons taking a 49-27 lead just over two minutes into the third quarter. Freshman Emma Rappe, setting a career high with nine points, began and ended an 8-0 run for the Beavers while knocking down two of her three 3-pointers in the game. BSU continued to chip away through the fourth quarter when Sheley sparked the 13-1 run with back-to-back 3-pointers, her final shots from long range on the night. The Beavers cut the deficit to six points twice, while the Dragons pulled away for a double-digit lead until 16 seconds to go.

Sheley led all Beavers with 15 points while Hanna Zerr, Pelzer and Allie Knuti also topped double-digit scoring. Pelzer paced BSU on the boards by pulling down six rebounds. She and Zerr added five assists each. Bemidji State finished the game shooting 41.7 percent (25-60) from the field and 52.9 percent (9-17) from behind the arc, while allowing MSU Moorhead to 42.9 percent (27-53) from the floor and 42.9 percent (9-21) from long range.

Bemidji State finishes a four-game home stand Jan. 29-30 while hosting No. 14 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. The Beavers will face the Warriors and Peacocks in the teams' only meetings of the season.

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).