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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 3rd quarter dooms BSU to 56-47 loss

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team scored three points in Saturday’s third quarter against Northern State, sinking them into a 56-47 loss in Aberdeen, S.D.

The third-quarter outage overshadowed a hot first frame from BSU (2-12, 0-10 NSIC). Despite spotting the Wolves (8-8, 5-5 NSIC) the first eight points, the Beavers knocked down five 3-pointers in the quarter and climbed within 18-15 through one.

Bemidji State stuck around in the second quarter, too. A three from Maria Appicelli kept BSU within one possession at 23-20, and the Beavers held tight with a 28-24 deficit entering halftime.

But Bemidji State went cold out of the break.

Two minutes in, Sydney Zerr hit a layup for a four-point game, and Taylor Bray soon followed with a free throw with 6 minutes, 49 seconds to go in the third. BSU was still within striking distance at 34-27, but the Beavers missed their final nine shots of the quarter.

NSU didn’t put on an offensive showcase themselves, but they still had a 40-27 edge to work with through three.

Bemidji State tried making up for lost time in the fourth quarter, netting 20 points in the last 10 minutes. They came within seven of a tie through a Zerr free throw with 1:16 to go, but it wasn’t enough to spark enough of a surge in the 56-47 loss.

Appicelli finished with a game-high 13 points to pace the Beavers, while Alayna Johnson’s 12 points led a trio of Northern State scorers in double figures.

Bemidji State will next take aim at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Upper Iowa at the BSU Gymnasium.

Northern State 56, Bemidji State 47

BSU 15 9 3 20 -- 47

NSU 18 10 12 16 -- 56

BEMIDJI STATE (2-12, 0-10 NSIC) -- Appicelli 13, Vold 8, Bray 6, Bachmann 5, Rappe 5, Myer 4, S. Zerr 3, Wolhowe 3, Gartner 0. Totals 17-50, 5-9, 47.

NORTHERN STATE (8-8, 5-5 NSIC) -- Johnson 12, Kusler 11, Fredrick 10, Marti 8, Hardwick 7, Wadsworth 4, Luitjens 3, Mekash 1, Kohler 0, Spier 0. Totals 20-45, 16-22, 56.

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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