Turnovers cost Beavers in 73-52 loss to Mustangs

February 05, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State136161752
Southwest Minnesota State1419172373
Stats at a GlanceBSUWSMSU
FG Percentage.281 (16-57) .431 (28-65)
3P FG Percentage.217 (5-23) .412 (7-17)
FT Percentage.789 (15-19) .833 (10-12)
Offensive Rebounds1115
Defensive Rebounds2431
Total Rebounds3546
Bench Points1114
PointsZerr - 11
Senske - 11
Pelzer - 11
Rosch - 22
ReboundsPelzer - 11
Holicky - 11
AssistsPelzer - 5
Bonlander - 5
StealsSheley - 2
Holicky - 1
Silva - 1
Hedlund - 1
Rosch - 1
BlocksKnuti - 4
Holicky - 3
Turnovers cost Beavers in 73-52 loss to Mustangs
Friday, February 5, 2016
Turnovers cost Beavers in 73-52 loss to Mustangs

MARSHALL, Minn. (R/A Facility) -- Junior guard Aimee Pelzer reached double-digit rebounds for the second consecutive game Friday night, but the feat was not enough for the Bemidji State University women's basketball team in a 73-52 loss to Southwest Minnesota State University at the R/A Facility. Pelzer totaled 11 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season as the Beavers fall to 7-14 overall and 3-14 in the NSIC while the Mustangs improve to 5-18 overall and 3-14 in the NSIC.

While junior guard Tatum Sheley sank a 3-pointer to open the game, SMSU followed with a quick 8-0 run to take control of the first quarter. The Mustangs held the Beavers scoreless for nearly five minutes while forcing three turnovers following Sheley’s score. Scores from sophomore center Sierra Senske and junior guard Allison Cordes gave Bemidji State its first lead since the game’s opening score, with less than one minute to go. The Mustangs took the lead back on the following possession, ending the first quarter with a 14-13 advantage.

The second quarter separated the game for good, as SMSU outscored BSU in the period, 19-6. Bemidji State finished the half shooting 18.2 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from behind the arc to head into the locker room facing a 33-19 deficit.

The Beavers totaled six turnovers in each half, leading to 17 points for the Mustangs. Nine turnovers from Southwest Minnesota State led to just four points for Bemidji State. Pelzer recorded 10 of her 11 points and six of her five rebounds in the second half. The Beavers were not able to bring the deficit below 14 points the rest of the game.

Bemidji State finished the game shooting 28.1 percent (16-57) from the field and 21.7 percent (5-23) from long range. SMSU led the rebound margin, 46-35, over BSU, including turning 15 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.

Pelzer, Senske and junior guard Hanna Zerr each totaled 11 points while Sheley scored eight on the night. Pelzer followed up a career-high 12-rebound performance in her last outing with a game-high 11 against SMSU.

Bemidji State faces its final NSIC South opponent, University of Sioux Falls, tomorrow with tip off at 4 p.m. The Beavers and Cougars will play for the first and only time during the 2015-16 regular season at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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).