Women’s Basketball dazzles in fourth-quarter for comeback victory, 65-56

January 18, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Upper Iowa181717456
Bemidji State1219132165
Stats at a GlanceUIUBSUW
FG Percentage.419 (18-43) .431 (25-58)
3P FG Percentage.471 (8-17) .545 (12-22)
FT Percentage.571 (12-21) .500 (3-6)
Offensive Rebounds89
Defensive Rebounds2522
Total Rebounds3331
Bench Points2230
PointsGaber - 13
Bray - 16
ReboundsMartin - 9
Bachmann - 5
TEAM - 5
AssistsPierson - 2
Martin - 2
Miles - 2
Ward - 2
Zerr - 6
StealsMartin - 2
Miles - 2
Ward - 2
Myer - 3
BlocksFink - 3
Bachmann - 1
Myer - 1
Rappe - 1
Vold - 1
Bray - 1
Women’s Basketball dazzles in fourth-quarter for comeback victory, 65-56
Friday, January 18, 2019
Women’s Basketball dazzles in fourth-quarter for comeback victory, 65-56

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Despite trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball program allowed just one field goal during a 23-4 run against Upper Iowa University to take its first win during the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season. Sophomore center Taylor Bray scored eight points in each half to lead the Beavers with 16 points, followed by freshman forward Claire Wolhowe with a career-high 13.

BSU’s comeback began with 2:08 to play in the third quarter as it faced a 49-39 deficit to UIU. Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe sank a 3-pointer to end what was a cold night shooting from the field as a team. The shot was followed by a 3-pointer by Upper Iowa, which would be just the second-to-final field goal for UIU on the night.

Freshman guard Trinity Myer began BSU’s 23-4 run with a layup to finish the third quarter while UIU’s final field goal came just 18 seconds into the final quarter. Bray scored six of BSU’s 21 fourth-quarter points, which also included four 3-pointers from senior forward Emma Rappe, sophomore guard Sydney Zerr, and sophomore guard Maria Appicelli.

Upper Iowa shot out to the first lead of the night with an efficient shooting effort over the first four minutes, pulling away to a 7-2 advantage. Rappe and Zerr made back-to-back shots to tie the game before a 9-0 run by the Peacocks led to an 18-12 lead for the visitors at the end of the first quarter.

Despite BSU forcing UIU to 13 turnovers in the first half, the Peacocks continued to shoot the ball well in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 35-31 lead. The Beavers put in just 36 percent of their first-half shots compared to 63 percent for the Peacocks, which included 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Bray shot 8-for-12 from the field to lead BSU in scoring on the night, followed by Wolhowe with a career-high 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Appicelli also reached the double-digit point mark with 12, which included her two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Bemidji State finished the night shooting 43 percent on 25-of-58 from the field and 12-of-22 from 3-point range, which was two shy of tying the program single-game record. The Beavers were able to cool off the Peacocks while limiting them to 18-of-43 shooting from the field, 8-of-17 from beyond the arc and 12-of-21 from the free throw line.

Bemidji State wraps up its weekend of interdivisional play Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off against Winona State University.

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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).