|January 27, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CSP||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.439 (25-57)||.356 (21-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.364 (8-22)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (14-22)||.625 (10-16)|
Rollag - 1
Jones - 1
Miller - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Friday night featured a fast-paced attack on both ends as the Bemidji State University women's basketball team dropped to Concordia University-St Paul, 68-60, at BSU Gymnasium. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer led BSU (6-13, 3-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) while tying a career-high 25 points in a loss during the first leg of a weekend against NSIC South opponents.
Pelzer finished the night four points shy of 1,000 in her career at BSU after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the game. She totaled a career-high six 3-pointers while junior center Sierra Senske was the only other Beaver in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
Concordia-St. Paul opened the game with early momentum, shooting four-for-five from the floor to take an 8-2 lead three minutes into action. Senior guard Aimee Pelzer, searching to become the second Beaver to reach 1,000 career points this season, sank her first 3-pointer of the night to keep the Golden Bears within reach. CSP went on a 6-0 run while BSU finished the first quarter with the final three points to trail, 14-8, heading into the second.
The Beavers allowed the Golden Bears to their first double-digit lead of the game after two scores to begin the second, but BSU answered with a 9-1 run to cut the game to a two-point game. CSP ended the run with its first 3-pointer of the game from guard Mishayla Jones, who finished the first-half with a team-high 20 points for the Golden Bears. The shot propelled CSP to a 16-2 run as BSU finished the final 4:39 of the first half shooting one-for-six from the floor. CSP outrebounded BSU in the first half, 25-13.
BSU opened the second half on a 9-5 run to cut the CSP lead to 12, 40-28. The Golden Bears kept the Beavers at bay while holding BSU to 3-for-13 shooting in the third quarter. After entering the fourth quarter trailing 53-35, Bemidji State was able to cut the Concordia-St. Paul lead to single-digits with an 18-7 run that spanned five minutes.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 35.6 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc while Concordia-St. Paul shot 43.9 percent from the field. The Beavers looked to transition off their offensive shots, which led to the Golden Bears winning the rebound margin 25-13 in the first half and 43-34 for the entire game.
The Golden Bears’ Jones led all scorers with 31 on 12-for-24 shooting from the floor, pulled down six rebounds and totaled four assists. CSP recorded two players with at least 20 points.
Bemidji State closes its weekend Saturday with the lone season-series game against Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers and Mavericks tip-off at 4 p.m. from the 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).