|February 13, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Minot State University
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.392 (20-51)||.352 (19-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (2-6)||.458 (11-24)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.643 (9-14)|
- 18||Aimee Pelzer
- 15||Tatum Sheley
- 3||Tatum Sheley
- 3||Hanna Zerr
Katie Miller - 1
Tatum Sheley - 1
- 1||Hanna Zerr
Katie Miller - 1
Tatum Sheley - 1
Sierra Senske - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team used an attack from behind the arc to hold an advantage late Saturday against Minot State University, but MSU used an 8-0 run in the final quarter to take a 66-58 win from BSU. Bemidji State (7-17, 3-17 NSIC) converted 11 shots from behind the arc in the loss at BSU Gymnasium to Minot State (10-16, 7-13 NSIC).
Bemidji State began Saturday's game with sights on long-range shots, as the team sank its first three buckets from behind the arc. The final 3-pointer of the opening streak, junior Aimee Pelzer's first in the game, brought BSU within two points, 11-9, at the four-minute mark. Both teams traded baskets to finish the quarter as Minot State led, 17-13.
MSU's full court pressure defense limited opportunity on the offensive end for BSU. The defense forced Bemidji State to commit five turnovers and miss eight shots from the field. Pelzer made her final 3-pointer of the first half with 1:54 to go in the second period, which would also be the last field goal for either team in the half. MSU limited BSU to two field goals during the second quarter to take a 30-21 lead into half.
The second half BSU attack from downtown began the same as the first, as Pelzer and Sheley each converted two 3-pointers within the first five minutes of the third quarter. Pelzer's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave BSU its first lead of the game, 37-35. Zerr extended the lead with another 3 while the BSU defense forced MSU to miss six shots from the field through the first nine minutes of second-half play. Bemidji State finished the quarter with six 3-pointers to take a 43-41 lead heading into the final period.
Minot State retook the lead after Bemidji State pulled away to 49-43 advantage. An 8-0 run by MSU gave it late momentum in the game. With under one minute to play, Zerr tipped an inbound pass to force a steal and give BSU a chance to tie the game. Bemidji State missed one of two free throws to trail by one. BSU was unable to pull any closer in the final minute as MSU sank free throws to seal the game.
Pelzer led the Beavers with 18 points as she made four of her five shots from long range. Zerr followed Pelzer with 15 points while Sheley added 14 and led with six rebounds. Sarah Durand was recognized during the night as the team’s only senior in BSU’s final home game of the 2015-16 season.
The Beavers hit the road Feb. 19-20 to close out the regular season. Bemidji State will first travel to Moorhead, Minn., to take on Minnesota State University Moorhead and will follow up with a trip to Aberdeen, S.D., to face Northern State University.
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).