|November 09, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NCW||BSUW|
|FG Percentage||.279 (17-61)||.491 (28-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (3-15)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.704 (19-27)|
Appicelli - 3
Zerr - 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- A trio of scorers helped lead the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team to a season-opening 83-49 win Friday night over Northland College. Sophomore guard Maria Appicelli led the Beavers (1-0) with 20 points, followed by senior forward Emma Rappe with 19, while sophomore forward Gabby Dubois tallied a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Beavers presented a new look on their opening night against the LumberJills with an up-tempo approach. BSU brought out a full-court defense from the start of the game, which led to seven Northland turnovers. Despite forcing turnovers by NC, BSU gave away 10 turnovers of its own that led to seven points for the visitors. The Beavers found the mark shooting while going on a 10-2 run over the final 5:03 of the first quarter, giving them a 16-8 lead at the break.
Sophomore forward Gabby Dubois helped BSU extend its lead through the second quarter, shooting 4-for-4 from the field and grabbing six rebounds. Her perfect field goal percentage helped raise the team’s average to .500 for the quarter. The Beavers went on runs of 6-0 and 9-1 before heading to halftime with a 35-23 advantage.
The Beavers defense was stingy again in the third quarter, holding the LumberJills to eight points on 21.4 percent shooting. Appicelli scored six points in the third quarter, to go along with seven in the first and four in the second, to finish with 17 points through three quarters. She finished with a team-high 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting as Bemidji State cruised to a season-opening win.
Bemidji State shot 49.1 percent (28-57) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-24) from long range and 70.4 percent (19-27) from the free throw line. BSU received 50 of its 83 points from off the bench, led by Rappe and Dubois.
Bemidji State continues its non-conference schedule to open the season Tuesday, Nov. 13 at home against Mayville State University. The Beavers and Comets tip-off at 6 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).