Beavers drop Saturday's weekend finale to No. 6 Bulldogs, 73-62

February 13, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji St.2210201062
Minn. Duluth2121181373
Stats at a GlanceBSUUMD
FG Percentage.333 (21-63) .491 (26-53)
3P FG Percentage.400 (6-15) .222 (4-18)
FT Percentage.875 (14-16) .810 (17-21)
Offensive Rebounds145
Defensive Rebounds2428
Total Rebounds3833
Bench Points179
PointsHeittola - 15
Simonet - 17
Grow - 17
ReboundsBray - 9
Simonet - 9
AssistsMyer - 5
Thiesen - 6
StealsMyer - 3
Simonet - 2
BlocksGrow - 5
Beavers drop Saturday's weekend finale to No. 6 Bulldogs, 73-62
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Beavers drop Saturday's weekend finale to No. 6 Bulldogs, 73-62
Photo Credit: Dave Harwig

DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) -- The post presence of Bemidji State University women’s basketball was felt early Saturday afternoon but 27 combined points from senior center Taylor Bray and sophomore center Rachael Heittola wasn’t enough during a 73-62 loss at No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers exit the weekend 7-5 overall and 6-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

Both Bray and Heittola had combined for 23 points by the time the Beavers had fought back against a 12-point deficit to tie the game at 50-50 with 3:33 to play in the third quarter. The post offense for BSU was shut down late in the game as UMD took a game-high 73-58 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Bemidji State finished 33.3 percent shooting from the floor compared to 49.1 percent for Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers were able to win the rebound margin, 38-33, but were outscored in the paint, 40-30.

BSU knocked down four of its six total 3-pointers during the first quarter to help take a 22-21 lead heading into the second. The Beavers then went just 2-of-12 shooting and 0-of-3 from 3-point range in the following 10 minutes as the Bulldogs used a 21-10 scoring advantage to take a 42-32 lead into halftime.

Senior guard Sydney Zerr hit two 3-pointers as part of an 18-8 run to open the second half, which brought BSU back to tie the game, 50-50. BSU went 6-of-8 from the field, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, while holding UMD to 3-of-8 shooting. Heittola answered a UMD and-one conversion to keep BSU within one point, but the Bulldogs finished the third quarter on a 7-0 run with only one field goal made and 5-of-6 on free throws. UMD continued its run into the fourth quarter as BSU missed its first seven field goal attempts and faced a 69-54 deficit.

Bemidji State will close out the regular season schedule Feb. 19-20 at the University of Minnesota Crookston. BSU secured a spot in the NSIC Tournament following the weekend series against Minnesota Duluth and currently stands fourth in the NSIC North Division standings.

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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).