|December 02, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUW||UMDW|
|FG Percentage||.396 (21-53)||.468 (29-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (10-25)||.476 (10-21)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (21-24)||.667 (14-21)|
TEAM - 7
Kozlowski - 3
Meyer - 3
Senske - 2
Monke - 2
Monke - 1
Boehm - 1
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Aimee Pelzer helped spark a potential comeback by the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team Friday night against University of Minnesota Duluth, but UMD was able to hold off BSU in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener, 82-73. Pelzer finished with 19 points and 13 in the second half for the Beavers (2-3, 0-1 NSIC) against the Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 NSIC) in Duluth, Minn.
Pelzer, a captain from Upsala, Minn., finished the second half 5-for-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-6 from behind the arc. The Beavers led by as many as eight points in the first half, but were forced to play from behind in the second half after trailing by 12 points at halftime.
Bemidji State forced Minnesota Duluth to nine missed shots over the first four and a half minutes to take its largest lead of the night, 10-2. The Bulldogs went on two 7-0 runs before both teams traded scores to finish the first quarter, an 18-17 lead by UMD. Minnesota Duluth extended the lead to seven points with consecutive 3-pointers to open the second quarter. Another quick run of 10-1 by UMD gave them their largest lead of the first half at 14 points. Senior guard Hanna Zerr closed the first half with two made free throws to set the halftime score at 43-31 in favor of the home squad.
Though UMD had taken advantage of the majority of runs through the first half, BSU opened the second half on a 6-0 run sparked by one of junior forward Sam Adamich’s two 3-pointers on the night. Pelzer converted two of her 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Beavers outscored the Bulldogs in the period, 19-15. Senior guard Allison Cordes, Adamich and Zerr contributed towards another run to begin the final quarter and cut the UMD lead to just three points, 60-57, with eight minutes remaining in the game. It was a final run by the Bulldogs that gave them the separation needed to secure their first conference win of the season.
Junior center Sierra Senske followed Pelzer in scoring with 17 points while she led the team with seven rebounds. Zerr with 13 points and Cordes with 11 finished as the final Beavers in double-digit scoring. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Pelzer added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Bemidji State finishes the NSIC opening weekend at St. Cloud State University on Saturday. The Beavers and Huskies begin play at 4 p.m. from Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.
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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).