Women’s Basketball big comeback comes up short in 76-67 loss at Winona State

January 18, 20201st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji St.1016231867
Winona St.1528132076
Stats at a GlanceBSUWSU
FG Percentage.418 (23-55) .467 (28-60)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .500 (6-12)
FT Percentage.652 (15-23) .824 (14-17)
Offensive Rebounds97
Defensive Rebounds2827
Total Rebounds3734
Bench Points2312
PointsHeittola - 20
Pickrain - 27
ReboundsHeittola - 10
Sergio - 6
AssistsBachmann - 6
Kieck - 8
StealsBachmann - 1
Zerr - 1
Riley - 1
Pickrain - 1
Callahan - 1
Kieck - 1
BlocksHeittola - 1
Callahan - 1
Fee - 1
Women’s Basketball big comeback comes up short in 76-67 loss at Winona State
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Women’s Basketball big comeback comes up short in 76-67 loss at Winona State

WINONA, Minn. (McCown Gymnasium) -- Freshman center Rachael Heittola’s career game sparked a 20-point comeback that came up just short during a 76-67 loss at Winona State University on Saturday at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minn.

After trailing by 20 points late in the second quarter, the Beavers battled back for a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter as BSU falls to 7-9 overall and 4-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Heittola scored the final three points of the first half to bring BSU’s halftime deficit to 17 points, 43-26. Junior center Taylor Bray helped spark a 7-2 run for Bemidji State to open the third quarter. Less than three minutes later, junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann hit a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 run to bring BSU back to within single-digits of WSU.

The duo of Bachmann and Heittola combined to score the first six points of the fourth quarter while Bachmann assisted a layup by Bray to give BSU its first lead of the game with 6:35 to play. Winona State took a timeout to slow Bemidji State’s momentum and came out of the break with four consecutive points. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer put in her only field goal of the game to keep BSU within one point, but WSU ended the game on a 16-8 run.

Heittola recorded her first career double-double with her career-best marks in points and rebounds, while Bachmann added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting. Bray also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points in 16 minutes of court action. Junior guard Sydney Zerr set a career-high with eight rebounds.

Bemidji State shot 41.8 percent (23-55) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-17) from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent (15-23) from the free throw line. The Warriors shot slightly better from the field, shooting 46.7 percent (28-60) from the floor and 50.0 percent (6-12) from 3-point range. The Beavers won the rebound battle, 37-34, while WSU outscored BSU in the paint, 40-34.

Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium for the first half of a four-game homestand Jan. 24-25 versus Minot State University and University of Mary.

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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).