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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Hot start evaporates in 63-53 loss for BSU

ST. PAUL -- After forcing Concordia-St. Paul to an 0-for-10 start from the field, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team was flying into a double-digit lead. But the strong start was negated by the Golden Bears from there, and the Beavers were shut down in a 63-53 loss in St. Paul on Friday.

Sam Adamich, Mikayla Larson and Brooklyn Bachmann teammed up to give BSU (4-15, 3-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) a 7-0 lead early. It grew to 11-1 after two Sierra Senske jumpers, then to 15-3 on a layup by Sydney Arrington.

C-SP (7-14, 4-11 NSIC) made just one of its first 16 shots from the field, but closed the quarter with a 10-2 run to make a game of it at 17-13.

Bemidji State fended off the run early in the second, but Concordia-St. Paul was able to run off 11 points in a row as the BSU offense turned into stagnant 1-on-1 plays that resulted in empty possessions.

The run put the Golden Bears in a 34-29 advantage at halftime, and they protected it in the second half.

Sydney Zerr knocked down a three as part of five straight points for the Beavers, but C-SP still led by one at 39-38. And even though BSU had a chance to regain the lead on its next possession, Concordia-St. Paul forced a miss and then rattled off 12 in a row for a 50-38 lead.

Bemidji State got back within nine early in the fourth, but the Golden Bears worked up to a 16-point advantage to control the outcome, sticking the Beavers with a 63-53 loss.

Senske and Zerr finished with 10 points apiece to pace BSU. Anna Schmitt, the NSIC’s leading scorer, was limited to 6-for-17 shooting, but still finished with a game-high 16 to go along with another 10 by Ellie Gess.

Bemidji State will return to action at 4 p.m. today against Minnesota State Mankato in Mankato.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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