Beavers fall to Bison, 79-59, in exhibition despite second half success

November 03, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State139231459
North Dakota State2422191479
Stats at a GlanceBSUWNDSU_EX
FG Percentage.381 (24-63) .440 (33-75)
3P FG Percentage.261 (6-23) .250 (2-8)
FT Percentage.385 (5-13) .579 (11-19)
Offensive Rebounds1117
Defensive Rebounds2831
Total Rebounds3948
Bench Points819
PointsTatum Sheley - 18
Brianna Jones - 19
ReboundsSierra Senske - 8
Taylor Thunstedt - 10
Brianna Jones - 10
AssistsAllison Cordes - 3
Tatum Sheley - 3
Taylor Thunstedt - 4
StealsAllison Cordes - 4
Taylor Thunstedt - 2
BlocksHanna Zerr - 1
Aimee Pelzer - 1
Sydney Arrington - 1
Brianna Jones - 2
Beavers fall to Bison, 79-59, in exhibition despite second half success
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Beavers fall to Bison, 79-59, in exhibition despite second half success

FARGO, N.D. (Scheels Center) -- Senior guard Tatum Sheley led the Bemidji State University women’s basketball with a balanced attack and 18 points despite falling to North Dakota State University, 79-59, in its season-opening exhibition. The Beavers opened the second half with a hot hand and a 15-4 run but could not pull closer than 14 points in the closing period.

The Beavers’ only lead came on their first basket of the game, scored by junior center Sierra Senske. BSU’s first 12 points came in the paint from five different scorers. After a 13-10 lead by NDSU less than five minutes into the game, the Bison went on an 11-3 run to end the first quarter. The Bison extended its lead to 46-22 heading into halftime.

Bemidji State found its stroke to open the second half, going on a 15-4 run. BSU forced four missed field goals by NDSU and one turnover to pull within 15 points, 52-37, less than five minutes into the third quarter. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer hit her second 3-pointer of the run to cap the Beavers’ run. NDSU pulled away again to a 20+-point advantage for the end and beginning of the third and fourth quarters. Senior guard Hanna Zerr scored her final basket to bring BSU within 14 points, but with 1:51 left in the game, NDSU was able to pull away with the win.

Sheley scored nine points in each half while adding three rebounds and assists. Senske totaled 14 points and Zerr scored 11 as the three Beavers in double-digit scoring. Senske also led BSU in rebounds with eight while senior guard Allison Cordes and Sheley led the team with three assists.

Bemidji State heads home to begin the regular season with a 6 p.m. tipoff against Mayville State University on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Beavers and Comets have faced off 36 times, 31 of which BSU has won.

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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).