|January 15, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.288 (17-59)||.536 (30-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.381 (8-21)||.368 (7-19)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (18-24)||.667 (14-21)|
Boom - 1
Brown - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Continuing to snap streaks, the Bemidji State University women's basketball team did it again Friday night as it took down Minnesota State University Moorhead and a 17-game skid in the series with a convincing 81-60 victory at BSU Gymnasium. Sophomore center Rachael Heittola controlled the paint and led both teams with 26 points as the Beavers improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The focus of Friday’s game from BSU was made clear early as the team’s first 12 points came from post position players. Heittola opened the game with the first six points for BSU while senior center Taylor Bray scored the following four and junior forward Taylor Vold scored two. The Beavers defense also shined early as it held the Dragons to 1-of-8 shooting to start the game while also forcing five turnovers. Vold’s second-chance layup gave BSU a 12-4 lead late in the first quarter. Over the final three minutes of the opening frame, BSU went on a 13-4 run capped by a 3-pointer from Heittola to beat the end-of-quarter buzzer.
Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann began to shoot confidently on the court with pull-up jumpers in the paint and driving layups through the second quarter. Bachmann and Heittola combined to score 15 of BSU’s 18 second-quarter points to give BSU a 43-28 lead heading into halftime.
The Beaver defense began the second half in the same fashion as the first, holding the Dragons to 0-of-7 shooting from the field to build its lead to 23 points, 52-29, just under three minutes in. With a balanced offense and seven points from junior guard Trinity Myer, BSU took a 64-44 lead into the final quarter. The Beavers eventually pulled ahead by a game-high 31-point lead, 77-46, with just over seven minutes left in the game.
Heittola scored 18 of her 26 points in the first half, nine in each quarter, while finishing the game shooting 10-of-11 from the field. Myer followed in scoring with 18 points, including 10 in the second half, while Bachmann scored 14 points. Senior forward Gabby Dubois led the team with eight rebounds while Myer led with seven assists.
As a team, BSU shot 53.6 percent from the floor (30-56), 36.8 percent from beyond the arc (7-19), and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (14-21). In addition to outscoring MSUM in points off turnovers, BSU also won the battle in the paint, 42-10.
After earning its first win over MSU Moorhead since Dec. 2, 2011, Bemidji State will aim to take a season sweep over the Dragons for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Beavers and Dragons tip-off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a battle for the Century Trophy.
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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).