|January 24, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MISU||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.531 (26-49)||.371 (23-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (4-10)||.368 (7-19)|
|FT Percentage||.727 (16-22)||.667 (12-18)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Four players reached double-digit scoring despite a 72-65 loss for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team Friday night at BSU Gymnasium against Minot State University. Junior guard Sydney Zerr tied a career-high 14 points while sophomore guard Trinity Myer led the team with 17 points.
Bemidji State held a slim margin heading into the fourth quarter before Minot State closed the final period with a 24-16 scoring margin. BSU falls to 7-9 overall and 4-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State overcame a sluggish start, opening the game 0-of-11 from the field, to go on an 11-0 run over just two minutes of play. Sophomore guard Molly Wenner sparked the run with a 3-pointer while freshman center Rachael Heittola scored five points during the run. Sophomore guard Trinity Myer and junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann combined for the final nine points of the quarter for BSU to take a 17-14 lead into the second period.
After extending its lead to six points, 22-16, Bemidji State allowed Minot State to go on a 6-0 run to tie the game. Both teams traded scores on the following four possessions while MiSU went into halftime with a 31-29 advantage. Minot State extended its lead to six points again in the second half before junior center Taylor Bray scored four straight points to bring Bemidji State within two again. Three Beavers helped Bemidji State retake the lead for the first time in the second half with a 7-0 spurt, capped on a 3-pointer by Zerr.
Zerr hit from deep again one minute later to preserve the five-point lead, 47-42. Minot State answered with a 3-pointer of its own to begin a 7-0 run and take the lead, 48-47, just before the end of the third quarter. Zerr made a shot in the lane to give BSU a lead heading into the fourth quarter but MiSU scored eight of the first 10 points of the final period. Minot State used the momentum to shoot 6-of-12 from the field while holding Bemidji State to 6-of-17 in the quarter to take the victory.
For the game, Bemidji State shot 37.1 percent (23-62) from the field, 36.8 percent (7-19) from beyond the arc, scored 19 points off turnovers and scored 12 second-chance points. Minot State ourrebounded Bemidji State, 42-29, and shot 53.1 percent (26-49) from the floor.
Myer led BSU in scoring with 17 points and also led with six rebounds and four steals. Zerr tied a career-high 14 points going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc with three rebounds and two assists.
Bemidji State will finish its weekend with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday versus the 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).