|February 06, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||USF|
|FG Percentage||.382 (21-55)||.509 (28-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (4-16)||.533 (8-15)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (14-20)||.676 (23-34)|
TEAM - 5
Cordes - 1
Rappe - 1
Pelzer - 1
Robson - 2
Sioux Falls, S.D. (Stewart Center) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team could not keep up with a fast start by University of Sioux Falls in an 87-60 loss Saturday at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers (7-15, 3-15 NSIC) faced difficulty in stopping the Cougars’ (20-4, 14-4 NSIC) play in the post during their final game against NSIC South opponents of the 2015-16 season.
Sioux Falls jumped out to a quick lead over Bemidji State, scoring on its first seven possessions and starting five-of-five shooting from the field. After the Cougars held a 9-0 lead, junior guard Hanna Zerr put the Beavers on the board with the first of her 15 points on the day. The score was the first for BSU in four possessions to start the game. Bemidji State called a timeout after Sioux Falls added another basket on the following possession. The Cougars missed their first field goal four minutes into the game before extending their lead to 27-12 after the first quarter.
Both teams began the second quarter scoreless through two minutes of play. The Beavers again faced trouble offensively and defensively while allowing a 10-0 run to the Cougars. Sophomore center Sierra Senske snapped BSU’s scoring drought with four minutes to play in the half and finished with the team’s only six points of the quarter. Sioux Falls entered halftime with a 42-18 lead following two free throws to end the half.
The Beavers began to get their feet under them offensively in the second half, as Zerr and Senske opened the period with back-to-back field goals and a quick 5-0 run. The Cougars continued to add on to their lead, though, eventually pulling away to a 58-27 lead with 5:18 to go in the third quarter. Bemidji State brought the deficit down to 24 points several times through the remainder of the game, but couldn’t come any closer.
Zerr’s 15 points led the Beavers while Senske and junior guard Tatum Sheley followed with 14 and 11, respectively. Senske, along with centers Sarah Durand and Allie Knuti, grabbed at least four rebounds.
Bemidji State finished shooting 38.2 percent (21-55) from the field and 25 percent (4-16) from behind the arc while totaling 32 rebounds. Sioux Falls shot 50.9 percent (28-55) from the floor and 53.3 percent (8-15) from long range with 35 rebounds.
Bemidji State closes out its 2015-16 home schedule next weekend while hosting Minot State University and University of Mary, Feb. 12-13. BSU will tipoff at 6 p.m. Friday against MSU and 4 p.m. Saturday against U-Mary at the BSU Gymnasium while celebrating Senior Day.
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).