|December 06, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||NSU|
|FG Percentage||.366 (15-41)||.418 (23-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.143 (2-14)||.500 (8-16)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (24-32)||.778 (14-18)|
Bray - 6
Terwilliger - 5
Spier - 5
Kusler - 5
Dubois - 1
Wolhowe - 1
Heittola - 1
Bray - 1
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball took a lead out of the first quarter Friday night against Northern State University but could not keep up in a 68-56 loss in Aberdeen, S.D. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer scored a career-high 23 points, helping the Beavers to trail by just three points in the third quarter, as BSU falls to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
In a defensive battle, Bemidji State kept Northern State in check during the early minutes of the game to go ahead, 6-2. Myer scored six of the first eight points for BSU and was just one of three Beavers to score in the first half. BSU held NSU to just 28.6 percent shooting in the first quarter but fell into a lull in the second after freshman center Rachael Heittola sank a free throw for an 18-16 lead. NSU followed with a 12-3 run and took a 35-26 lead into halftime after BSU shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and gave away five turnovers that led to eight Wolves’ points in the second quarter.
Coming out of halftime, NSU hit a 3-pointer for the first points of the quarter but Myer sparked a 9-0 run for BSU. Sophomore guard Coley Rezabek hit a 3-pointer to bring Bemidji State within three of Northern State, 38-35, and was the first Beaver to score besides Myer, Heittola and junior center Taylor Bray. BSU held NSU to just five points through the first eight minutes of the third quarter but ended the final two minutes on the wrong end of an 8-3 run.
The Wolves continued its run into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Beavers 21-2 over a seven-minute span, for a game-high 21-point lead. Bemidji State scored nine unanswered points but ran out of time to get any closer than 10 points of Northern State.
Myer finished the game shooting 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from the free throw line while adding six rebounds, four steals and one assist. Heittola followed Myer with 14 points, going 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Bray tied Myer for the team lead with six rebounds while scoring seven points. Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe also scored seven points, all in the second half.
Bemidji State shot 36.6 percent from the field and just 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and gave away 20 turnovers. Northern State scored 26 points off BSU’s turnovers while the Beavers were only able to take seven points off 12 Wolves turnovers.
Bemidji State closes out its first full conference weekend at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against No. 22 Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn.
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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).