Bemidji State continues winning streak behind Heittola double-double

January 30, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minot St.1516161461
Bemidji St.1722112070
Stats at a GlanceMISUBSU
FG Percentage.393 (24-61) .413 (26-63)
3P FG Percentage.250 (1-4) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .765 (13-17)
Offensive Rebounds1412
Defensive Rebounds2624
Total Rebounds4036
Bench Points1818
PointsCounts - 21
Heittola - 25
ReboundsCounts - 11
Heittola - 10
AssistsHead - 4
Bachmann - 2
Myer - 2
Zerr - 2
Heittola - 2
StealsTheodore - 4
Heittola - 2
BlocksStevahn - 2
Counts - 2
Dubois - 2
Bemidji State continues winning streak behind Heittola double-double
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Bemidji State continues winning streak behind Heittola double-double

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The multi-faceted attack of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team was on full view Saturday afternoon as a double-double from sophomore center Rachael Heittola led to a 70-61 win and weekend sweep of Minot State University at BSU Gymnasium. Heittola finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career to help BSU continue a seven-game winning streak and improve to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bemidji State and Minot State maintained focus in the paint throughout the game as 78 of the combined 131 points came from in the lane. BSU shot 41.3 percent from the field and hit five 3-pointers while its defense held MiSU to 39.3 percent from the floor and just one 3-pointer.

Heittola scored 15 of her 25 points in the first half while pulling down six of her 10 rebounds in the second. Senior center Taylor Bray contributed to BSU’s post-attack with 12 points while senior forward Gabby Dubois contributed a season-high 14 points, nine coming from behind the 3-point line.

Bemidji State began the game looking to overpower Minot State with a 9-0 run over the first three and a half minutes. Heittola scored six of those points before MiSU went on a 10-0 run of its own to take its first lead. BSU continued to attack the lane with its final eight points of the quarter coming in the paint, which led to a 17-15 advantage heading into the second quarter. BSU bumped its lead up to double-digits for the first time with another quarter-starting run, this time at 8-0. Bray and junior guard Coley Rezabek pushed Bemidji State’s lead to a game-high 13 points twice before Minot State cut it to eight, 39-31, heading into halftime.

The opening of the third quarter went to Minot State as it came out of the locker room with a 10-1 run to regain its first lead since late in the first quarter. Bray converted two straight layups to cut the run short but saw the lead trade twice more before the end of the third quarter. BSU grabbed back the lead for the final time in the game with six straight points from Heittola. Minot State kept the game within one possession for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter when Dubois and Heittola combined for eight straight Bemidji State points. A 3-pointer from Dubois off a MiSU turnover with 3:26 to play gave BSU an eight-point  lead that remained the rest of the way.

Bemidji State will prepare to host St. Cloud State University Feb. 5-6 in its final home games of the season 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).