|December 14, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUGIE||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.333 (20-60)||.471 (24-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.160 (4-25)||.476 (10-21)|
|FT Percentage||.722 (13-18)||.727 (16-22)|
Bachmann - 1
Myer - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- For the first time since 2011, the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team took down Augustana University with a 74-57 victory Saturday afternoon. The Beavers started a run at the end of the first quarter to take control and move to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State excelled on both ends of the court while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from beyond the arc while holding Augustana to 33.3 percent from the field and 16.0 percent from 3-point range. BSU outscored AU in three of four quarters and held the Vikings to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
Bemidji State opened the game cold from the floor, going 0-of-4 shooting, which allowed Augustana to take a seven-point, 9-2 lead after the first three minutes. Sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe started a 7-0 run by BSU with her first 3-pointer of the game to tie AU. The Beavers held the Vikings scoreless over the final 4:31 of the first quarter to take a 17-11 lead into the second.
BSU’s stellar defense continued into the second quarter while holding not allowing AU to make its first five field goal attempts. The Beavers scored nine points from four players over the first three minutes of the period to take a 26-11 lead. After AU brought the score back to within 10 points, BSU went on an 11-0 run for a game-high 21-point, 42-21 lead before halftime.
The Vikings again brought the Beavers’ lead to 10 points midway through the third quarter following an 11-4 run over the first four minutes. Wolhowe, junior guard Sydney Zerr and sophomore guard Coley Rezabek hit three consecutive 3-pointers to snap the skid and stretch lead back to 19 points at 57-38. The Beavers held off the Vikings through the fourth quarter, only allowing them to reach within 15 points over the final 10 minutes.
Junior center Taylor Bray led BSU with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds. Junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann paced BSU on the boards with nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer and Wolhowe finished with 12 points each while freshman center Rachael Heittola scored 10 points off the bench.
Saturday's victory was the first for Head Coach Chelsea DeVille against her alma mater Augustana.
Bemidji State closes out the calendar year with a home contest Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. against University of Minnesota Crookston.
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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).