Beavers fall in road finale, 76-55, to Wolves

February 11, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State131791655
Northern State2115202076
Stats at a GlanceBSUWNSU
FG Percentage.362 (21-58) .459 (28-61)
3P FG Percentage.313 (5-16) .231 (3-13)
FT Percentage.727 (8-11) .773 (17-22)
Offensive Rebounds1215
Defensive Rebounds2227
Total Rebounds3442
Bench Points1421
PointsSenske - 14
Ristau - 26
ReboundsTEAM - 8
TEAM - 8
AssistsPelzer - 4
Kusler - 4
Crosswait - 4
StealsPelzer - 2
Waytashek - 2
BlocksPelzer - 1
Adamich - 1
Arrington - 1
Ristau - 10
Beavers fall in road finale, 76-55, to Wolves
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Beavers fall in road finale, 76-55, to Wolves

ABERDEEN S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was in good position to make an upset Saturday in the 2016-17 road schedule finale but fell into a hole early in the third quarter of a 76-55 loss to Northern State University. BSU (6-18, 3-17 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) trailed just six at halftime but NSU (18-6, 14-6 NSIC) opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take control of the game.

Bemidji State gave away 16 turnovers on the night, which led to 14 points for Northern State, while NSU shot over 50.0 percent in the second half. Junior center Sierra Senske, following her historic night on Friday, led the Beavers in scoring for the second consecutive game with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field.

The Beavers scored their first nine points from beyond the arc, coming by way of senior guards Alison Cordes, Aimee Pelzer and Tatum Sheley. NSU built a first-half-high 15-6 lead before Pelzer sank the third 3-pointer to begin the game for BSU. Junior center Sierra Senske was the fourth different Beaver to record a basket through the first 6:30 of play and helped Bemidji State outscore Northern State, 7-6, over the final 4:20 of the first quarter. The Wolves entered the second period with a 21-13 lead.

Cordes and Pelzer each scored four points in the second quarter to finish the first half tied for a team-high seven points. The Beavers began to take control of the boards with 10 rebounds compared to nine for the Wolves while winning the second quarter, 17-15. Junior forward Sam Adamich scored her first points for BSU on a buzzer-beating jumper to head into halftime trailing six, 36-30.

Northern State wasted no time in sealing the game with a 12-2 run to begin the third quarter. The Beavers finished the quarter 4-for-16 shooting from the field compared to 9-for-15 for the Wolves. NSU took a 20-point lead off its first basket of the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer by Jill Conrad who finished with 16 points. The Wolves were led through the night by Miranda Ristau with 26 points and 10 blocks.

Cordes followed Senske in scoring with nine points while adding four rebounds, two assists and one steal while Pelzer and Sheley each finished with seven points. BSU shot 36.2 percent from the field during the game, including 31.3 percent in the second half.

Bemidji State closes the regular season at home Feb. 17 versus University of Mary and Feb. 18 with Senior Day against Minot State University. The Beavers and Marauders begin play from BSU Gymnasium at 6 p.m. before the final home contest of 2016-17 at 4 p.m. against MiSU.

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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).