Women’s Basketball earns first NSIC Tournament win since 2003-04

February 27, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State1316202473
Concordia-St. Paul2017151870
Stats at a GlanceBSUWCSP
FG Percentage.429 (24-56) .411 (23-56)
3P FG Percentage.545 (12-22) .308 (4-13)
FT Percentage.765 (13-17) .833 (20-24)
Offensive Rebounds815
Defensive Rebounds1923
Total Rebounds2738
Bench Points325
PointsAppicelli - 15
Schmitt - 31
ReboundsBray - 8
TEAM - 9
AssistsBachmann - 4
Schmitt - 2
StealsZerr - 2
Appicelli - 2
Myer - 2
DuBois - 2
BlocksZerr - 3
Wentland - 2
Women’s Basketball earns first NSIC Tournament win since 2003-04
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Women’s Basketball earns first NSIC Tournament win since 2003-04

ST. PAUL (Gangelhoff Center) -- It’s been 15 years since the Bemidji State University women’s basketball accomplished what it did Wednesday night: Earning a win in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. A comeback effort on the road helped the Beavers take a 73-70 win over the Golden Bears of Concordia University-St. Paul to advance in the conference tournament for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

BSU faced a 37-29 deficit at halftime before sophomore guard Maria Appicelli and the Beaver squad flipped a switch to take control of the game. The Beavers scored 12 of the first 16 points of the second half to tie the game, 41-41. Appicelli hit her first basket of the game, a 3-pointer, to give BSU a 44-43 lead. The lead was BSU’s first of the game and was extended to four, 47-43, following another Appicelli 3-pointer.

CSP went on a 9-2 run to end the third quarter while regaining the lead. The Beavers went on two runs of their own in the fourth quarter, 7-0 and 6-0, to go ahead by a game-high seven points, 62-55. CSP crawled back to within one point three times before the one-minute mark, at which point the BSU made 4-of-6 free throws to seal the win.

After opening the game shooting 29.0 percent (9-31) and allowing CSP to shoot 52.0 percent (13-25) from the field in the first half, BSU hit 60.0 percent (15-25) of its shots and gave up 32.3 percent (10-31) from the floor to CSP in the second half. The Beavers forced 16 turnovers by the Golden Bears, which converted into 19 points off turnovers. BSU’s bench also helped secure the win while outscoring CSP’s bench, 32-5.

Appicelli finished with a team-high 15 points, all in the second half, on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Sophomore center Taylor Bray scored 13 points, including going 9-of-10 from the free throw line, while sophomore guard Brooklyn Bachmann also scored 13 points while adding four rebounds, four assists, and one steal.

The victory marks the first for BSU in the NSIC Tournament since the 2003-04 season when the Beavers took down the Warriors of Winona State University, 72-62, in the conference quarterfinals.

The NSIC Tournament continues March 2, 4, and 5 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. No. 8 seed Bemidji State will take on No. 4 seed St. Cloud State University at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the winner moving on to the semifinal round Monday, March 4 at 12 p.m.

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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).