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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers pick up first conference win

BEMIDJI -- At long last, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team has a conference win.

It was long overdue, but BSU’s (4-9, 1-8 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) 70-67 win over Minnesota Duluth on Saturday from the Sanford Center ended an eight-game drought in the win column.

Erica Gartner hit a three pointer to give the Beavers an 18-14 lead after one quarter, and the defense held firm in the second, surrendering just 11 points for a 28-25 halftime advantage.

UMD (9-5, 7-3 NSIC) got within one at 35-34 midway through the third, but Sam Adamich answered with a three to stop a 7-2 Bulldog run. Then Tatum Sheley knocked down back-to-back threes to lift the Beavers to a 10-2 spurt at the end of the third. With 10 minutes to play, BSU had its biggest lead at 48-39.

The difference reached 11 before Minnesota Duluth started to close the gap, coming within one at 58-57 with 10 seconds to play. But Aimee Pelzer stepped up to the free throw line, connected on both shots, and sent her Beavers home 60-57 winners.

Sheley and Pelzer both finished with 16 points, while Sheley recorded nine boards and Pelzer seven assists. Senske notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards in the win, as well.

BSU will return to the hardwood at the Sanford Center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, for a rematch with Minnesota Crookston.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently a senior studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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