|February 19, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||MSUM-W|
|FG Percentage||.343 (23-67)||.446 (29-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (4-16)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.889 (8-9)||.667 (8-12)|
Handevidt - 5
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team opened its final regular season weekend of play with a 74-58 loss at Minnesota State University Moorhead Friday. Guard Tatum Sheley scored 20 points to lead the Beavers (7-18, 3-18 NSIC) against the Dragons (19-5, 16-5 NSIC) at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
Guard Hanna Zerr put the Beavers on the board quick with a layup but the team struggled over the next few minutes, missing six consecutive field goal attempts. Center Sierra Senske broke the scoring drought with back-to-back baskets. The Dragons denied the Beavers an opportunity to pass the ball in the paint to Senske, forcing the wings to drive in the lane and shoot from outside the paint. MSUM totaled four blocks through the first quarter. Bemidji State went on another scoring drought while failing to score a field goal over the final 5:25 of the first quarter.
The Dragons took a 15-7 lead into the second quarter and opened the second period on an 11-2 run, allowing only free throws to Sheley. The points from Sheley were the first from a player besides Zerr and Senske. Sheley added another basket to spark an 8-2 run by the Beavers including scores from guards Allison Cordes and Aimee Pelzer. MSUM added a 3-pointer with 2:28 to go in the half to take a 31-17 lead as neither team scored for the remainder of the half.
While the Beavers averaged 19.3 3-point field goal attempts per game during the season, they had only attempted four in the first half, missing all four. Pelzer opened the second half for BSU with the team’s first make from long range. Both teams made the first five total shots of the second half. The Dragons built off the start while making five consecutive shots as a team to open the period. BSU adjusted its defense to a zone for a few possessions, but MSUM pulled to a 20-point lead three minutes into the half. The Beavers pulled within 18 points for the smallest margin of the quarter, as the Dragons took a 61-40 lead into the final period.
Center Allie Knuti sparked an 11-2 run in the final quarter, which included scores by Sheley and Zerr, that brought the Beavers within 13 points of the Dragons, 64-51. While BSU outscored MSUM in the quarter, the Dragons had built a strong enough lead to take the win.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 34.3 percent (23-67) from the field and 25.0 percent (4-16) from downtown as Sheley led the Beavers with 20 points, her fifth 20-point outing of the season. She added six rebounds as Pelzer led the team in the category, grabbing seven boards. Senske also reached double-digit scoring with 11 points on 50.0 percent (5-10) shooting from the field.
Bemidji State closes out the regular season with a trip to Aberdeen, S.D., to take on Northern State University. The Beavers and Wolves tip off at 4 p.m. at Wachs Arena.
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).