Beavers upset bid falls short in 55-47 loss to Cougars

January 13, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Sioux Falls722101655
Bemidji State516131347
Stats at a GlanceUSFBSUW
FG Percentage.357 (20-56) .375 (18-48)
3P FG Percentage.235 (4-17) .211 (4-19)
FT Percentage.647 (11-17) .700 (7-10)
Offensive Rebounds107
Defensive Rebounds2530
Total Rebounds3537
Bench Points217
PointsRobson - 16
Senske - 13
ReboundsKnecht - 10
Arrington - 6
TEAM - 6
Adamich - 6
AssistsRobson - 6
Sheley - 4
StealsJohnsen - 3
Pelzer - 3
BlocksKnecht - 2
Pelzer - 2
Beavers upset bid falls short in 55-47 loss to Cougars
Friday, January 13, 2017
Beavers upset bid falls short in 55-47 loss to Cougars

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University women's basketball team came three minutes short of upsetting University of Sioux Falls Friday night from BSU Gymnasium in a 55-47 loss. The Beavers (4-11, 1-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) went on a 17-3 run between the third and fourth quarters to take its first lead of the night against the Cougars (13-2, 9-2 NSIC).

Defense was the strength of each team in three of four quarters, as BSU and USF each only shot above 38.5 percent in one quarter. The Cougars went 9-for-15 in the second period to take a 29-21 halftime lead, while the Beavers shot 54.5 percent in the third to enter the fourth quarter trailing, 39-34. BSU went on a 19-3 run extending from the third quarter into the fourth to hold its largest lead of the night, 45-41, with 5:39 to go in the game.

Both teams executed defensively in the first quarter as neither team reached above 22.0 percent shooting from the field to begin the game. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer and junior center Sierra Senske accounted for BSU's only points with a banked 3-pointer and a layup set up in the paint. USF converted just three shots while BSU took an early advantage in the rebound margin, 11-8.

The Beavers and Cougars found more space offensively during the second quarter, recording a combined 38 points. Senske was used again in the paint and was able to draw three trips to the free throw line. She converted 3-of-6 from the free throw line and was one of six Beavers to score before heading to halftime trailing, 29-21.

Bemidji State again came alive defensively in the third quarter, holding Sioux Falls to 3-for-14 shooting in the quarter while heading into the fourth on an 8-1 run. The Beavers outscored the Cougars in the third, 13-10, to trail, 39-34, after three.

BSU continued the run into the fourth quarter while taking its first lead of the night, 42-41, with just over six minutes in the game. Senske sparked BSU’s 19-3 run while senior guard Tatum Sheley ended it with her second 3-pointer of the night to take a 45-41 lead with six points during the stretch. The Beavers went 8-for-11 from the field during the run, but it was a missed shot after the run that put an end to their momentum.

The Cougars ended the game on a 14-2 run while holding the Beavers to 1-for-7 shooting and forcing them to four turnovers. USF took advantage of 16 points off 21 BSU turnovers during the game to sneak away with the win.

Senske led all BSU scorers with 13 points and was the only Beaver with double-digit scoring. Sheley followed with eight points while Pelzer and freshman guard Erica Gartner each scored seven. USF’s Madi Robson finished the game with a team-high 16 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. Sam Knecht reached her double-double average on the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Bemidji State and Southwest Minnesota State University face off Saturday in the conclusion of the NSIC interdivisional weekend. The Beavers and Mustangs begin play at 4 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.

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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).