Sheley, Senske top 20 points each in 70-53 win over Upper Iowa

January 30, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Upper Iowa716141653
Bemidji State1617231470
Stats at a GlanceUPPBSUW
FG Percentage.388 (19-49) .442 (23-52)
3P FG Percentage.333 (4-12) .467 (7-15)
FT Percentage.786 (11-14) .708 (17-24)
Offensive Rebounds211
Defensive Rebounds2128
Total Rebounds2339
Bench Points712
PointsAleesha Cleaver - 17
Tatum Sheley - 25
ReboundsSarah Benson - 6
Aimee Pelzer - 12
AssistsSam Ofstad - 4
Allison Cordes - 5
StealsWhitney Kieffer - 2
Carly Pagel - 2
Katie Miller - 2
BlocksHaley Martin - 2
Aimee Pelzer - 2
Sheley, Senske top 20 points each in 70-53 win over Upper Iowa
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Sheley, Senske top 20 points each in 70-53 win over Upper Iowa

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team made necessary adjustments Saturday afternoon following a full-court press from Upper Iowa University to take a 70-53 win at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (7-13, 3-13 NSIC) took their seventh win at home on the season as junior Tatum Sheley and sophomore Sierra Senske each topped 20 points scoring.

Junior guard Tatum Sheley took over the first half while putting up 15 points in the opening two quarters. She converted three shots from behind the arc, the first two during the first period. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Sheley at the end of the first quarter gave the Beavers a 16-7 lead.

Upper Iowa pressured the Bemidji State offense with a full-court press to open the second quarter, in which BSU adjusted accordingly. After the Peacocks pulled the Beavers' lead down to three multiple times, BSU used a 6-0 and 5-0 run in the latter part of the half to head into the locker room with a 33-23 lead.

The Beavers pulled away in the second half as the Peacocks shut down the full-court press. BSU outscored UIU, 23-14, during the third quarter to head into the final period with a 56-37 advantage. Senske scored 12 of her 22 points, tying a season high, during the third quarter as the Beavers reached into the bench to finish the game.

Sheley finished with a game-high and career-high 25 points while converting 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. The 25 points is the most scored by a Beaver this season. Senske also converted 7-of-14 from the floor and 8-of-12 from the charity stripe while also grabbing seven rebounds.

BSU recorded its third highest field goal percentage (.442) in conference action while sinking 23-of-52 shots from the floor. The Beavers also converted 46.7 percent (7-15) from behind the arc and 70.8 percent (17-24) from the free throw line. Bemidji State held Upper Iowa to its lowest rebound total of the season with 23 while the Beavers grabbed 39 for the game.

Bemidji State hits the road again next weekend as Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls plays host in interdivisional matchups. The Beavers will face the Mustangs and the Cougars for their only meetings of the regular season Feb. 5-6.

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).