BEMIDJI -- Cheers of victory rang out from the visiting locker room at the BSU Gymnasium on Monday, echoing a 58-50 upset win for Wisconsin-Superior over the Bemidji State women’s basketball team.
Nearby, the home locker room was quiet.
“We just played poorly. We played selfishly. We didn’t play well at all,” BSU head coach Chelsea DeVille said.
With a flat start and a sputtering comeback effort, the Beavers fell to the Division III Yellowjackets to stumble out of nonconference play.
“We haven’t really been confident in our play yet,” sophomore Brooklyn Bachmann said. “I think that comes with playing a little bit more together. We’ve just got get in the gym and work a little bit harder.”
UW-Superior (3-1) jumped out at the start, using a 7-0 run that made for a 14-6 game before a 16-10 score after one quarter. Bachmann turned it on offensively in the second, attacking the rim and netting 11 points within a five-minute stretch, but BSU (2-2) never climbed closer than six points away for a 36-27 halftime score.
In the second half, the Yellowjackets made life more difficult for the Beaver offense.
“Overall we just had a bad shooting day,” Bachmann said. “They kind of caught on to that, so they were (defending lower). Every time we’d try to drive, there would be two or three girls who we’re trying to drive into. The posts, they weren’t open either. It was just hard for us to connect on the 3-point line.”
Bemidji State finished 19-for-59 from the field and 2-for-17 from downtown.
The offensive hardships took a backseat just out of halftime, however, when the Beavers cut the deficit to four on Taylor Bray free throws and then again on a Bray offensive putback. But it was UW-Superior’s game at 49-40 entering the fourth.
The BSU defense kicked into gear in the final frame, holding the Yellowjackets scoreless for a 5-minute, 32-second stretch that allowed for an 8-0 run. Two fast-break layups from Maria Appicelli and four more points from Bachmann had the game within 53-48, still with 3:21 to play.
But the Beavers had just one more basket in them -- an Appicelli layup with two minutes remaining -- before UW-Superior took off with the upset.
“We had some tunnel vision offensively,” DeVille said. “(We were) kind of playing selfishly on that end, too, where we were taking tough shots and not making them or just missing different opportunities to find our teammate for a better look.
“We’re still just the young, small team that we’ve always been. We’ve just got to get better every day in practice, mentally mature a little bit and be a tougher team.”
Bachmann’s 19 points paced Bemidji State, while Gabby DuBois hit double-digits with 10. Hannah Norlin led the Yellowjackets with timely buckets and 21 points, while Emily Carpenter pitched in 11.
“We still have a lot to work on,” Bachmann said. “Overall this year, I think we’re a better team (than last year). If we just connect and give the young girls a little bit more confidence when they get in, they get their time to play, I think that will help a lot.”
The Beavers will look to rebound when the conference schedule kicks off with a 2 p.m. meeting with Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the BSU Gymnasium.
UW-Superior 58, Bemidji State 50
UW-S 16 20 13 9 -- 58
BSU 10 17 13 10 -- 50
UW-SUPERIOR (3-1) -- Norlin 21, Carpenter 11, Ruiz 7, Reinertsen 5, White 4, Kmecik 3, Kostrova 3, Kane 2, Leadstrom 2, Anderson 0, Folkers 0, Franks 0. Totals 24-54, 7-11, 58.
BEMIDJI STATE (2-2) -- Bachmann 19, DuBois 10, Appicelli 9, Bray 7, Wolhowe 3, Oman 2, Gartner 0, Myer 0, Rappe 0, S. Zerr 0. Totals 19-59, 10-11, 50.