Beavers season ended after 85-61 loss to Wildcats in NSIC Tournament opener

February 22, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State1313132261
Wayne State (Neb.)2719142585
Stats at a GlanceBSUWWSC
FG Percentage.333 (19-57) .545 (30-55)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.818 (18-22) .731 (19-26)
Offensive Rebounds126
Defensive Rebounds2327
Total Rebounds3533
Bench Points2312
PointsSenske - 14
Ballinger - 22
ReboundsSenske - 7
TEAM - 7
Martensen - 9
AssistsPelzer - 6
O'Connor - 6
StealsPelzer - 5
Ballinger - 3
Martensen - 3
BlocksPelzer - 1
Adamich - 1
Ballinger - 6
Beavers season ended after 85-61 loss to Wildcats in NSIC Tournament opener
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Beavers season ended after 85-61 loss to Wildcats in NSIC Tournament opener

WAYNE, Neb. (Rice Auditorium) -- The 2016-17 Bemidji State University women's basketball season came to an end Wednesday night as Wayne State College handed it an 85-61 loss to begin the 2017 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Tournament at Rice Auditorium in Wayne, Neb. BSU (7-20, 4-18 NSIC) was not able to find an answer to WSC’s (22-6, 16-6 NSIC) offensive attack in the post.

Bemidji State won the rebound margin, 35-33, but could not hold Wayne State from scoring in the post. The Wildcats scored at least 20 points in the paint in each half and finished with a 42-23 advantage.

The Wildcats got to work in the paint early with its first three baskets coming from in the lane. Freshman center Sydney Arrington gave BSU its only lead of the night, though, at 8-6 following two 3-pointers from senior guard Tatum Sheley to begin scoring for the team. Wayne State followed with a 14-1 run, including six points in the paint, to take a 20-9 run. Bemidji State missed four field goals and gave away two turnovers during the run. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave WSC its largest lead of the first quarter, 27-13.

Although four straight points from the Beavers cut the deficit to 10, the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run and later pushed its lead to 20, 46-26, with the final basket of the second quarter. Wayne State took advantage of 20 points in the paint and turned nine Bemidji State turnovers into 13 points.

The Beavers scored six of the first eight points to begin the second half, four coming from the free throw line. Two free throws from Arrington brought the deficit to 18, but a basket on the ensuing WSC possession would keep the score at least a 19-point margin the rest of the way.

Junior center Sierra Senske led BSU with 14 points, including eight in the second half, while Sheley followed with 11 and Arrington recorded 10. Senske also led the Beavers with seven rebounds while senior guard Aimee Pelzer led with six assists.

The Wildcats recorded nearly half of their scoring from two players, Paige Ballinger with 22 points and Anna Martensen with 21. Martensen neared a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.

Bemidji State finishes the season with a 7-20 overall record but improved its NSIC win total from the previous two seasons with four.

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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).