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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU nearly doubled-up in 65-33 loss

MANKATO -- Nothing came easy for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team on Saturday, resulting in a 65-33 loss at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Beavers (4-16, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) shot just 28.6 percent from the field (12-for-42) on the night. And although BSU held the Mavericks to 30.1 percent (22-for-73), turnovers piled up -- 26 by game’s end -- to dash its chances.

Bemidji State held a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter when Sydney Arrington finished off a layup, but MSU (8-14, 6-10 NSIC) ran away from there. They took a 19-9 advantage into the second quarter, and then a 32-13 lead into halftime after allowing the Beavers just four points in the second.

The difference hit 30 late in the third quarter when a Taylor Klug free throw brough the score to 49-19, and Minnesota State Mankato took its largest lead at 54-22 in the fourth off a Taylor Drost layup.

The Mavericks finished with 22 points off turnovers to go along with a 54-35 rebound advantage, making for the 65-33 drubbing.

Arrington finished with 10 points for BSU, while Erica Gartner added seven. Claire Jordan and Claire Ziegler led the way for MSU, netting 17 and 13, respectively.

The loss marked Bemidji State’s 10th in a row, the longest streak since the 2010-11 season. The Beavers will try and right the ship at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, against Wayne State at the BSU Gymnasium.

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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