Heittola records double-double in Beavers 79-51 season-opening win

November 13, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Mayville St.131715651
Bemidji St.1622221979
Stats at a GlanceMayBSU
FG Percentage.298 (17-57) .446 (29-65)
3P FG Percentage.267 (4-15) .217 (5-23)
FT Percentage.722 (13-18) .593 (16-27)
Offensive Rebounds913
Defensive Rebounds3034
Total Rebounds3947
Bench Points1928
PointsZrust - 14
Heittola - 18
ReboundsGumber - 7
Heittola - 14
AssistsDecker - 2
Zrust - 2
Yoder - 3
StealsRocholl - 2
Hughes - 2
Yoder - 2
BlocksVoeggell - 2
Rezabek - 1
Flatness - 1
Heittola records double-double in Beavers 79-51 season-opening win
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Heittola records double-double in Beavers 79-51 season-opening win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Sophomore center Rachael Heittola picked up where she left off last season with a double-double to lead the Bemidji State University women's basketball team to a 79-51 win over Mayville State University Saturday night at BSU Gymnasium. Heittola finished with team-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Beavers move to 1-0 to begin the 2021-22 season.

Five Beavers recorded double figure scoring including junior guard Maddie Schires with 14 points off the bench, senior guard Trinity Yoder with 12, and fifth-year senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann and junior guard Coley Rezabek with 10 points each. Bachmann pulled to within five points of 1,000 in her career on 5-8 shooting while adding three rebounds and two assists against MSU.

Bemidji State’s first points of the season came from Yoder, formerly Myer, two minutes into action before Mayville State added 5-0 run to take its only lead of the game. Heittola put in one of two free throws after drawing contact many times through the first two quarters, but saw the Comets extend its lead to a game-high four, 7-3, two minutes later. Fifth-year senior guard Sydney Zerr hit a 3-pointer for her only points of the night to spark a 13-5 lead to close the first quarter with a 16-13 lead.

The Comets fought back and opened the second quarter on an 8-5 run to tie the game, 21-21, midway through the period. The BSU defense limited MSU to just one point over a four-minute span which allowed four Beavers to score for a 35-22 lead. Schires hit two of her three 3-pointers during the 14-1 run which led to a 38-30 lead at the half.

Seven of Heittola’s 14 rebounds came in the third quarter, with the double-double mark being hit on an offensive rebound and putback for her 10th point and 10th rebound of the night with 4:16 before the fourth quarter.

The Beavers put the game out of reach to begin the fourth quarter after a 17-0 run through the first five minutes. Schires hit three free throws and followed with her final 3-pointer of the night before Rezabek also hit a 3-pointer for a 77-45 lead, BSU’s largest of the night.

BSU shot 44.6 percent from the field (29-65), 21.7 percent from 3-point range (5-23) and 59.3 percent from the free throw line (16-27) and limited MSU to 29.8 percent from the floor (17-57), 26.7 percent from long range (4-15) and 72.2 percent from the charity stripe 13-18).

Bemidji State returns to the court Tuesday, Nov. 16 with a home game against Valley City State University. The Beavers and Vikings tip off at 7:30 p.m. 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).