Slow start dooms Beavers in 65-59 loss to Huskies

January 06, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
St. Cloud State University1414191865
Bemidji State418162159
Stats at a GlanceSCSUBSUW
FG Percentage.369 (24-65) .350 (21-60)
3P FG Percentage.250 (6-24) .235 (4-17)
FT Percentage.733 (11-15) .722 (13-18)
Offensive Rebounds1615
Defensive Rebounds2726
Total Rebounds4341
Bench Points1519
PointsChristianson - 18
Pelzer - 15
ReboundsPratt - 10
Senske - 9
AssistsMacDonald - 5
Pelzer - 7
StealsMacDonald - 3
Pelzer - 2
BlocksSenske - 1
Slow start dooms Beavers in 65-59 loss to Huskies
Friday, January 6, 2017
Slow start dooms Beavers in 65-59 loss to Huskies

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team outplayed St. Cloud State University in the final three quarters Friday night during the opener of the Sanford Center Series, but were put in a hole early after a first quarter lull. The Beavers (3-9, 0-8 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fell to the Huskies (7-6, 5-4 NSIC), 65-59, after recording four points in the first quarter that forced them in comeback mode the rest of the night.

Junior center Sierra Senske neared a double-double again this season with 10 points and nine rebounds while senior guard Aimee Pelzer led all Beaver scorers with 15 points. Bemidji State fell into a 14-4 hole after the first quarter following 2-of-16 shooting from the floor in the opening period. The Beavers went on to outscore the Huskies over the final three quarters, 55-51.

The Beavers made just two shots in the first quarter, the first coming almost five minutes into action. BSU missed eight consecutive shots and gave away two turnovers to begin the game while SCSU went 4-for-4 during the same stretch. After falling down 10-0, Pelzer snapped the streak with the first of her three baskets on the night. The Huskies extended their 10-point, 14-4 lead after the first quarter to a game-high 14-point, 22-8 lead four minutes into the second quarter.

Five different Beavers helped chip away at the deficit that led to trailing just six, 28-22, heading into halftime.  Bemidji State was able to convert in the paint after struggles from the same area in the opening quarter, outscoring St. Cloud State in the lane, 10-4, during the second period. The Beavers also turned seven second-quarter offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points while holding the Huskies to zero.

A 6-2 run to open the second half cut the deficit further but the Huskies followed with five quick points to go ahead by double-digits again. Bemidji State stayed within striking distance through the third quarter before St. Cloud State went on an 8-0 run between the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter to match its game-high 14-point lead, 52-38, with 7:37 in the game. BSU kept battling back until the final seconds, again chipping away the deficit to six points to finish the game.

Bemidji State finished shooting 35.0 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc while allowing St. Cloud State to 36.9 percent from the floor and 25.0 percent from 3-pointers. The 65 points allowed by BSU was tied for the lowest given up in a NSIC contest this season.

BSU plays the second of three games at the Sanford Center tomorrow afternoon while hosting University of Minnesota Duluth at 4 p.m. The Beavers and Bulldogs close out the regular season series after UMD took the first game of the series Dec. 2, 82-73.

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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).