|February 20, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMC|
|FG Percentage||.542 (26-48)||.404 (21-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.385 (10-26)||.438 (7-16)|
|FT Percentage||.850 (17-20)||.889 (16-18)|
Bott - 1
Myer - 1
Zerr - 1
Heittola - 1
Vold - 1
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) – Junior guard Trinity Myer led Bemidji State University women’s basketball with 18 points Saturday afternoon to nab a 79-65 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers shot 54.2 percent from the floor to finish the regular season 9-5 overall and 8-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Myer added seven assists and five rebounds to go with 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Sophomore center added 14 points with eight rebounds while senior guards Brooklyn Bachmann and Sydner Zerr each also topped 10 points with 11 and 12, respectively.
Bemidji State’s 54.2 percent shooting tied for the best by the team this season. The Beavers also knocked down 10 3-pointers, including six in the first half. BSU moved the ball well offensively with 18 assists, also a season-high, and took advantage of 15 UMC turnovers for 16 points.
Minnesota Crookston jumped ahead for a three-point lead in the first quarter before senior guard Sydney Zerr hit back-to-back 3-pointers to swap the three-point lead in favor of Bemidji State, 10-7. Zerr’s 3-pointers sparked a 14-2 run by the Beavers, extending its lead to 18-9 off a 3-pointer from senior forward Gabby Dubois with 3:23 to play in the first quarter.
After UMC cut into BSU’s lead to exit the first quarter, Bemidji State went on a 7-0 run to start the second. The Beavers missed on their next three field goals but came back with an 11-2 run over a 4:04 span to take a first-half-high 16-point, 42-26 lead with 1:19 before halftime. The Beavers went into halftime with a 42-30 lead after shooting 51.7 percent from the field and just five turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play.
Bemidji State held on to its lead over the third quarter by five points despite Minnesota Crookston outscoring BSU, 24-17, in the 10 minutes out of the halftime break. The Beavers began the fourth quarter with an 11-3 run to go ahead by double-digits again, 70-57. Following a UMC 3-pointer to stop the run, Bemidji State had an answer to every Minnesota Crookston score before building a 15-point, 77-62 lead with 1:57 to play.
BSU will move on to play in the NSIC Tournament beginning Thursday, Feb. 25 in Sioux Falls, S.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).