|January 02, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.391 (27-69)||.420 (21-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.154 (2-13)||.077 (1-13)|
|FT Percentage||.389 (7-18)||.826 (19-23)|
Shumski - 12
Olson - 3
Heittola - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team sparked moments that resembled midseason form Saturday afternoon but ultimately fell to Minnesota State University, Mankato during the 2020-21 season-opener, 63-62, at BSU Gymnasium. Senior Brooklyn Bachmann and sophomore Rachael Heittola combined to score 36 points while helping the Beavers overcome a double-digit deficit and take a late lead against the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division favorite Mavericks.
BSU took just one lead over MSU, 4-3 two minutes into the game, and eventually saw an 11-point, 32-21 deficit two minutes into the second quarter. The Mavericks took the double-figure lead into halftime on a buzzer-beating put back layup. After three minutes to enter the third quarter, Bachmann converted an and-one opportunity that sparked a 6-0 run to bring the Beavers back within four, 41-37.
Heittola and junior forward Taylor Vold began the final period with back-to-back layups to again cut the Mavericks’ lead, this time to two points, 49-47. Free throws became crucial over the remainder of the game as MSU shot 2-of-8 from the charity stripe over the final 8:13 of the game. Minnesota State’s missed free throws allowed Bemidji State to go on a 6-0 run, including four points from junior guard Trinity Myer, to take its first lead since the eight-minute mark in the first quarter.
The Mavericks regained the lead on the next possession and extended it to three, 56-53, with just over three minutes to play. Heittola was able to draw a foul on the ensuing possession, sinking two free throws, while MSU followed with one of two free throws to keep a two-point, 57-55 lead. Bachmann showed up with the team’s first and only 3-pointer of the game to give BSU a 58-57 lead with 2:26 to play. The Mavericks quickly took the lead back, although the Beavers had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds after two free throws from Bachmann and an offensive foul and turnover by MSU. The Beavers converted a layup late but could not draw a foul to extend time as the Mavericks closed out the victory.
Bemidji State shot 42.0 percent from the floor (21-50) and 82.6 percent from the free throw line (19-23), but went just 7.7% from 3-point range (1-13). Minnesota State was held to 39.1 percent from the field (27-69), 15.4 percent from 3-point range (2-13) and 38.9 percent from the free throw line (7-18). The Mavericks won the rebound battle, 43-35, which included 17 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.
Heittola led the Beavers with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting while adding five rebounds. Bachmann pulled down nine rebounds along with 16 points while shooting 6-of-7 from the field.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State will close out the season-opening weekend with a 2 p.m. tip-off Sunday, Jan. 3 at BSU Gymnasium.
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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).