|February 12, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMD|
|FG Percentage||.400 (20-50)||.400 (24-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.263 (5-19)|
|FT Percentage||.769 (10-13)||.682 (15-22)|
Heittola - 1
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) -- Points off turnovers and second-chance points were the difference maker in Friday night’s showdown between Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth women’s basketball teams, as the Bulldogs came away with a 68-58 win in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers were outscored in points off turnovers, 17-4, and second-chance points, 14-2, to fall to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Beavers and Bulldogs both shot 40.0 percent from the floor while BSU converted three more 3-pointers than UMD. Bemidji State had fewer offensive opportunities, though, as Minnesota Duluth won the rebound margin, 37-31, and forced 14 BSU turnovers.
Sophomore center Rachael Heittola led the Beavers with 12 points, followed by junior guard Trinity Myer with 11 and senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann with 10. Both Bachmann and Myer went 4-of-8 shooting from the field while Heittola knocked down 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Myer led BSU on the boards with seven rebounds while Bachmann led the team with five assists, her fourth time in the last six games with at least five.
BSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead after its first two shots off a layup from senior forward Gabby Dubois and a 3-pointer from senior guard Sydney Zerr. The Beavers fought back from a four-point deficit early in the second quarter to regain a lead behind a 9-3 run. Heittola scored four points during the run including a layup to give BSU a 27-25 lead with 3:22 to play before halftime.
After a 32-29 deficit at halftime, Heittola hit a 3-pointer to tie the game out of the intermission. The Beavers stayed within four points of the Bulldogs midway through the third quarter but saw a 6-0 run by UMD increase the deficit by 10, 49-39. Dubois hit her only 3-pointer of the night to open the fourth quarter and bring BSU to within single-digits of UMD again. BSU was not able to sink a field goal over a three-minute span, though, as UMD went up by double-digits for good.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth will close out the weekend series at 4 p.m. Saturday from the Romano 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).