|January 14, 2022||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.417 (25-60)||.385 (25-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.258 (8-31)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.700 (14-20)|
Bursch - 5
Heittola - 1
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball outscored Minnesota State University, Mankato by 15 points in the second half of a comeback effort, ultimately falling, 72-68, at Taylor Center Friday night. The Beavers, falling to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, fell victim to 16 first-half turnovers that led to a 19-point deficit against the NSIC South Division-leading Mavericks.
Senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann led the Beavers with 13 points, including nine in the third quarter, on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 1-of-1 from beyond the arc. She added five rebounds and two assists while senior Trinity Yoder followed in scoring with 12 points. Juniors Coley Rezabek and Taylor Vold each scored 11 points, including eight in the fourth quarter from Rezabek and six in the third from Vold.
Bemidji State opened the game with sloppy play, giving away eight turnovers over the first five minutes that led to a 15-2 lead for Minnesota State. The Beavers shot just 3-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc, over the first quarter that saw the Mavericks score 11 points off 11 BSU turnovers. Bemidji State faced a 25-10 deficit heading into the second quarter while another five turnovers in the period led to a 43-24 deficit at halftime.
The Beavers’ second-half run started out of the break as senior guard Brooklyn Bachmann and junior guard Coley Rezabek hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the first points of the third quarter. BSU and MSU traded scores over the next two minutes before Bachmann sparked a 9-0 run to bring the Beavers back within single digits to trail, 50-43. The quick run forced a timeout from the Mavericks, who allowed the Beavers to shoot 8-of-8 from the field to start the third quarter.
Senior forward Claire Wolhowe sank her first basket of the night, a 3-pointer with 2:52 in the third quarter to bring the Beavers to within five points, 53-48, its lowest deficit since less than three minutes into the game. Junior forward Taylor Vold connected on a layup to end the third quarter, keeping BSU within reach, 58-50, heading into the final quarter.
Holding a 58-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Minnesota State extended its lead back to double digits with five straight points. The Beavers followed with a 14-5 run over a four-minute span, including two 3-pointers from Rezabek and one from Wolhowe. Rezabek’s third 3-pointer of the game pulled BSU within four points of MSU, 64-68, with 3:48 to play. The Beavers finished the game 1-of-7 from the field, as its final bucket came on a buzzer-beating layup by Rezabek.
Bemidji State shot 41.7 percent from the field (25-60), 25.8 from beyond the arc (8-31) and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (10-15) while dominating the battle on the boards, 46-33. BSU’s 10 offensive rebounds led to just six second-chance points while a season-high 21 turnovers led to 20 points for MSU.
BSU continues its road trip Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to face Concordia University-St. Paul at Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.
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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).