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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Bemidji State ousted early in 63-43 loss

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A lopsided first quarter decided the fate of the Bemidji State women’s basketball team Friday night, as Sioux Falls outscored the Beavers 26-12 to set up its 63-43 win in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Beavers (4-10, 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) stayed afloat after a 9-2 start by the Cougars (10-5, 7-4 NSIC), but a 9-0 run make for a 26-10 game late in the quarter. Through 4-for-19 shooting by BSU and 11-for-15 shooting by USF, the score stood at 26-12 after 10 minutes.

Bemidji State started to heat up in the second, and Brooklyn Bachmann capped a 7-0 spurt with a transition 3-pointer and a jumper to bring the Beavers within eight, 29-21, before a 35-24 halftime score.

A Sierra Senske layup and a Sydney Arrington free throw made for an eight-point game once more, 40-32, midway through the third quarter. But BSU couldn’t get over the hump, and Sioux Falls held a 47-35 advantage through three.

A spin and score by Taylor Bray in the post brought Bemidji State within eight at 49-41 once more, this time with five and a half to play. But from then on, USF ran off a closing 14-2 run, putting Bemidji State’s comeback bid to bed and clinching the 63-43 final.

Bachmann’s 14 points led BSU, but no other Beaver hit double-digits on the night. Bray recorded a pair of career-highs, however, finishing with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Cougars were paced by 19 from Mariah Szymanski, 15 from Augusta Thramer and 13 from Kaely Hummel in the win.

Bemidji State will be back to action at 5 p.m. today, taking on Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

Sioux Falls 63, Bemidji State 43

BSU 12 12 11 8 -- 43

USF 26 9 12 16 -- 63

Bemidji State (4-10, 3-7 NSIC) -- Bachmann 14, Bray 7, Larson 6, Senske 6, Arrington 5, Gartner 3, Adamich 2, Appicelli 0, DuBois 0, Rappe 0, Scheuer 0, S. Zerr 0. Totals 17-60 7-10 43.

Sioux Falls (10-5, 7-4 NSIC) -- Szymanski 19, Thramer 15, Hummel 13, Huinker 8, Duffy 4, Hodell 4, Bradley 0, Mataloni 0, Sanders 0, Saugstad 0, Volesky 0. Totals 25-60 8-13 63.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. 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 Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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