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Women's basketball: BSU is looking to play a complete game

BEMIDJI — Playing well in spurts has not been a problem for the BSU women’s basketball team. The problem has been stringing together 40 minutes.

Last weekend at Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls, the trend continued. On Friday the Mustangs overcame a halftime deficit to earn their second win in NSIC play this season. Saturday, it was the first half that haunted the Beavers and a strong second half was not enough as the Cougars posted a nine-point win.

“We did a lot of good things in both games,” said BSU coach Mike Curfman. “There were just a couple spurts that we really need to clean up.”

Looking ahead to this weekend, BSU sees two opponents that are fresh in its memory. University of Mary and Minot State handed BSU (8-12, 4-12 NSIC) a pair of losses just two weeks ago.

Both the Marauders and Beavers (Minot State) feature a strong post game that will challenge Kate Warmack, Jessie Althoff, and Katie Miller.

“Carly Boag and Linda Murray are two of the best posts in this league,” Curfman said. “Our posts are going to have their hands full.”

“Their posts hurt us a lot last time,” freshman Aimee Pelzer added. “We have been working on a few different defensive looks, so hopefully that will help get some wins.”

If BSU wants to be successful, it will have to have players other than Warmack, Althoff and Morgan Lee emerge to provide consistent scoring.

One of those players who has stepped up this season is Pelzer.

“She has hit some big shots for us,” Curfman said of Pelzer. “Whether it is Aimee or anyone else, if we get more balance it will only help us.”

Pelzer did not see any playing time in November or December but she has provided at least 21 minutes off the bench in each of the last four games.

“It has been a great opportunity,” Pelzer said. “When I am out there I just play my hardest to try to prove I belong.”

In the two games last weekend Pelzer tallied 21 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four blocks.

“One thing that was unique is that if you look at the box score from the game against Sioux Falls, you will see that she had four blocks and five rebounds,” Curfman said. “We know she can score and we know she can pass, but she has a nose for the basketball.”