|February 21, 2020||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
St. Cloud St.
|Stats at a Glance||SCSU||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.453 (24-53)||.452 (28-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.900 (9-10)||.400 (4-10)|
Kilboten - 8
Myer - 3
Myer - 2
Bachmann - 1
Dubois - 1
Heittola - 1
BEMIDJI, MINN. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Freshman center Rachael Heittola was the centerpiece of Bemidji State University women’s basketball’s 65-62 win Friday night over St. Cloud State University at BSU Gymnasium.
Heittola recorded career highs with both 23 points and 11 rebounds, recording the second double-double of her career, to improve BSU’s record to 9-16 overall and 6-15 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
The Beavers faced an early obstacle as the Huskies built a lead of seven points, 17-10, late in the first quarter. The lead was brought down to five to start the second period, but Heittola and sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe combined for the first seven points of the quarter to give the Beavers a two-point, 21-19 lead. Both teams traded leads twice before BSU went on a 9-2 run to end the half. The Beavers forced the Huskies to miss seven of its final eight field goal attempts in the half to go into the break with a 32-29 advantage.
SCSU opened the second half with the first four points before a 3-pointer from junior guard Sydney Zerr sparked an 8-0 run over a span of just under two minutes. Heittola capped the run with a basket in the paint for the team’s largest lead of the night, 40-33, with 6:50 to play in the third quarter. After the Huskies came back to tie the game heading into the fourth quarter, both teams traded leads four times until 1:25 remaining in the game. Wolhowe began a 7-2 run for BSU that finished with 29 seconds to play and a 64-60 lead. Despite BSU missing five free throws from that point, it held SCSU to just one basket to finish the game.
Five of Heittola’s career-high 11 rebounds came on the offensive boards while she also finished shooting 10-of-17 from the field. Following Heittola in scoring was juniors Brooklyn Bachmann and Taylor Bray with nine points each. Bachmann neared double-double numbers with nine rebounds.
The Beavers shot 45.2 percent (28-62) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-18) from beyond the arc while outscoring the Huskies in the paint, 46-32. BSU also took advantage of 15 SCSU turnovers with 14 points off turnovers. St. Cloud State shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the floor and 33.3 percent (5-15) from long range.
Bemidji State concludes the regular season Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with senior day against the University of Minnesota Duluth.
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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).