|January 14, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.370 (20-54)||.475 (28-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.176 (3-17)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.793 (23-29)||.810 (17-21)|
Zerr - 7
Larson - 1
Zerr - 1
Pelzer - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Ball movement allowed the Bemidji State University women's basketball team to cruise to an 82-66 win over Southwest Minnesota State University at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (5-10, 2-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) recorded 25 assists on 28 field goals during the night to take their second conference win of the season.
Senior guards Aimee Pelzer and Tatum Sheley combined for 17 of BSU’s 25 assists on the night while setting up four Beavers in double-digit scoring. Pelzer finished the game with nine assists and 12 points, while Sheley totaled eight assists and six points. Pelzer’s 12 points all came in the first half to help BSU to a 50-30 lead at halftime. Junior center Sierra Senske led all BSU scorers with 19 points, 10 coming in the second half.
Senior guard Allison Cordes and junior center Sierra Senske kicked off scoring in the game with back-to-back buckets, a 3-pointer from Cordes and a layup from Senske. The Beavers took a first-quarter-high seven-point lead, 16-9, after free throws from Senske and sophomore forward Emma Rappe.
After early foul trouble by the BSU post players, the Beavers put a smaller lineup on the court with four guards and Rappe, who finished the first half with a team-high 13 points. Pelzer knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give BSU its 50-30 lead at halftime, the largest lead of the half. Pelzer converted all four of her field goals from beyond the arc.
Both squads traded scores through the first five minutes of the third quarter when senior guard Hanna Zerr and Senske made their first field goals of the second half to give BSU a game-high 26-point lead, 66-40. BSU finished the third quarter with a 70-53 lead, although the Mustangs outscored the Beavers in the fourth quarter, 13-10.
After entering the weekend with a 1.06 assist-to-turnover ratio, the Beavers completed Saturday night’s game with a 2.5 mark, totaling just 10 turnovers. Bemidji State kept Southwest Minnesota State below its points per game allowed, entering the weekend allowing 73.9 points.
Taylor Holicky led the Mustangs with 17 points followed closely by Caleigh Rodning with 16. Holicky also led SMSU on the boards, grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds. Rodning went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and added four rebounds.
Bemidji State hits the road for the first time in 2017 with trips to Minot State University, Jan. 20, and University of Mary, Jan. 21. BSU begins the first game of the season series against MiSU and U-Mary during the North Dakota roadtrip.
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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).