|February 24, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||WSU|
|FG Percentage||.371 (23-62)||.421 (24-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (10-35)||.385 (5-13)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.913 (21-23)|
Wirth - 1
WINONA, Minn. (McCown Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team put up a fight to open the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament against Winona State University, but fell short in its upset bid, 74-64. The Beavers (7-20, 3-20 NSIC) led after the first quarter against the No. 8 Warriors (28-2, 21-2 NSIC) with help from junior Aimee Pelzer who finished with 19 points.
The Beavers held a lead over the nationally ranked Warriors through the majority of the first half. Six Beavers put up at least three 3-point attempts in a barrage of shots from downtown. The rebound margin and second-chance points, though, decided the game as the Warriors won both battles.
Winona State went 0-of-7 from the field to start the game, allowing Bemidji State to take a 10-1 lead. Four Beavers scored in taking the team’s largest lead of the game before the Warriors scored their first field goal with 3:55 to go in the opening quarter. BSU took the lead through the first period, 12-9, and extended it again to eight points, 17-9, with a 7-0 run to open the second. The Warriors followed with a run to take their first lead of the game and finished the first half on a 13-1 stretch. WSU won the rebound margin, 15-6, during the second quarter to take a 31-26 lead into halftime.
Juniors Tatum Sheley and Hanna Zerr, and sophomore Katie Miller drained consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half and tie the game at 35-35. The Beavers continued their 3-point attack with nine attempts from long range in the third quarter after putting up 17 total in the first half. While BSU trailed just four points, 46-42, with less than four minutes to go in the third quarter, WSU closed out the period on a 12-4 run to take a 58-46 lead.
The Beavers began a run at the end of the third quarter that extended into the fourth to trail 55-62. WSU missed five shots over the stretch before Pelzer made her fifth and final 3-pointer of the night to bring BSU to its smallest margin for the remainder of the game, 64-58.
Pelzer led all scorers with 19 points while Sheley and Zerr followed in double-digits with 15 and 13, respectively. Sophomore Sierra Senske led all rebounders with 10 boards, her fourth effort with double-digit rebounds this season.
Bemidji State shot 37.1 percent (23-62) from the field and 28.6 percent (10-35) from behind the arc while totaling 30 rebounds. The Warriors finished 42.1 percent (24-57) from the floor and 38.5 percent (5-13) from long range while grabbing 45 boards and scoring 17 second-chance points. WSU countered BSU’s 3-point shooting with 27 points in the paint compared to 10 for the Beavers.
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).