|January 16, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.309 (21-68)||.542 (26-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.115 (3-26)||.385 (5-13)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (14-21)||.773 (17-22)|
Bray - 14
Hay - 1
Boom - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball swept Minnesota State University Moorhead with a 74-59 win Saturday afternoon at BSU Gymnasium, marking the first season sweep over MSUM in almost 17 years. Four players scored in double-figures for the Beavers, who move to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play this season.
The Beavers again took control in the paint to earn a second-straight double-digit victory over the Dragons, the first time the team has won by double-digits in back-to-back games in the series since the 1987-88 season. BSU outscored MSUM in the paint, 42-30, while also outshooting it from the field, 54 percent to 31 percent.
Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead battled closely through the first quarter and into the second as neither gained a lead of more than two possessions until midway through the second quarter. Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann converted a jump shot in the paint off an MSUM turnover to spark a 13-3 run and a 32-18 lead with under two minutes until halftime. Bachmann accounted for four points during the run while junior guard Trinity Myer added five. The first half ended with another score off an MSUM turnover as Myer scored on a layup to give BSU a 35-20 advantage.
The Beavers continued to focus on paint touches with sophomore Rachael Heittola scoring the team’s first four points in the lane, but the Dragons were able to pull to within eight points midway through the third quarter. Senior center Taylor Bray and junior guard Coley Rezabek combined for 12 points during a 12-2 run for the Beavers to exit the period. After two early baskets from MSUM to start the fourth quarter, BSU held it to 0-of-4 shooting from the floor over a four-minute span. Bray scored her final points of the night on a layup to give the Beavers a game-high 24-point lead before securing the victory.
Bray and Heittola led BSU in scoring with 14 points each, including six coming at the free-throw line for Bray. Bachmann and Myer each finished with 12 points, while Bachmann led the team with 13 rebounds and seven assists. Saturday was Bachmann’s second double-double of the season, earlier recording 19 points and 12 rebounds in the team’s 82-76 overtime win over Minnesota State University Mankato.
Bemidji State will take its three-game winning streak on the road Jan. 22-23 for a weekend doubleheader at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.
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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).