Late run proves costly in Beavers' 75-67 loss to Marauders

February 12, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
University of Mary1223172375
Bemidji State1212192467
Stats at a GlanceMARYBSUW
FG Percentage.404 (23-57) .345 (20-58)
3P FG Percentage.385 (5-13) .550 (11-20)
FT Percentage.923 (24-26) .727 (16-22)
Offensive Rebounds1313
Defensive Rebounds2723
Total Rebounds4036
Bench Points159
PointsBrittney Dietz - 26
Aimee Pelzer - 20
ReboundsHannah Larson - 7
Allie Knuti - 6
AssistsHaley Hibbs - 4
Hanna Zerr - 8
StealsHannah Larson - 6
Tatum Sheley - 3
Allie Knuti - 3
BlocksHannah Larson - 4
Allie Knuti - 2
Late run proves costly in Beavers' 75-67 loss to Marauders
Friday, February 12, 2016
Late run proves costly in Beavers' 75-67 loss to Marauders

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team came back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter Friday night, but University of Mary pulled away in the quarter to hand BSU a 75-67 loss. Junior Aimee Pelzer, with two of her five 3-pointers on the night, sparked the Beavers (7-16, 3-16 NSIC) to a 15-4 run to tie the game in the second half against the Marauders (13-14, 7-12 NSIC) at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers faced troubles shooting in the first half but were able to draw fouls and get points from the free throw line. BSU converted 9-of-11 shots from the charity stripe while making six total shots from the field in the first half. After U-Mary took a 10-5 lead in the first quarter, junior Tatum Sheley began a 7-2 run for the Beavers to end the period. Junior Hanna Zerr took an inbound pass with seconds remaining in the quarter and proceeded to drive down the court and force a foul while going in for a layup. She sank the two free throws to tie the game at 12 exiting the period.

The Marauders jumped to a 7-0 run to begin the second quarter, just over three minutes before extending the lead to double-digits. U-Mary would hold on to the lead heading into halftime, 35-24.

The Beavers answered right back with a run of their own as junior Aimee Pelzer sank her third 3-pointer of the game. The shot sparked a 9-2 run for BSU, bringing the team within four points of U-Mary. Two 3-pointers tied the game for the first time since the end of the first quarter as Pelzer and Sheley sank shots from downtown. The duo evened the score at 39 apiece before U-Mary retook the lead through the third quarter.

The Marauders went on a 9-2 run following the fourth and final tie of the game to take the final lead of the night. U-Mary took a 52-43 advantage into the final quarter and extended the lead to 11 two and a half minutes in. The Beavers sank four 3-pointers in the final 2:44 of the game, reaching within five points of the Marauders. BSU was forced to foul in the final minutes of the game, though, as U-Mary converted 11 free-throw attempts to close the game.

Pelzer paced BSU with 20 points, her first 20-point outing since putting up 23 against U-Mary Jan. 3. She added five rebounds while Allie Knuti led the Beavers’ boards with six. Sheley and Zerr also reached double-digit scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Bemidji State finished shooting 34.5 percent (20-58) from the field and 55 percent (11-20) from behind the arc. BSU outshot U-Mary in the second half, 42.4 percent to 32 percent. The Marauders took a significant advantage in the paint while outscoring the Beavers, 34-8.

The Beavers celebrate Senior Day tomorrow in the team’s final home game of the season. Senior center Sarah Durand, the team’s only senior, will be recognized as Bemidji State hosts Minot State University at 4 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.

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).