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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers stumped in 91-58 loss

ST. CLOUD -- The Bemidji State women's basketball team couldn't overcome a suffocating defensive effort by Fort Hays State on Saturday, as the Beavers fell 91-58.

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ST. CLOUD -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a suffocating defensive effort by Fort Hays State on Saturday, as the Beavers fell 91-58.

The stingy defense by the Tigers (4-0) held firm for the first three quarters, allowing just 28 points in the first 30 minutes, to hand BSU (2-1) its first loss of the season in their Huskies Classic finale.

Emma Rappe allowed the Beavers to hang around early, hitting an and-one jump shot to bring BSU within three at 13-10. But FHSU responded with an 18-2 run that spanned 4 minutes, 40 seconds, resulting in a 31-12 advantage midway through the second.

Shortly after, the Tigers ran off 11 in a row to stretch their advantage up to 50-17. During that span, Bemidji State attempted one shot and committed four turnovers.

The Beavers scored just nine points in the second quarter, while the 29 dropped by Fort Hays State had them up to a 52-21 lead by the break.

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The third quarter was just as difficult for BSU, as it mustered just seven points. The Tigers, meanwhile, had separate runs of 8-0 and 9-0 in the period to gain an 80-28 advantage -- their largest of the game.

Despite managing just 28 points heading into the fourth, however, Bemidji State took off for 30 in the final 10 minutes. The surge included a late 11-0 run from the duo of Sydney Arrington and Erica Gartner, but it only prevented the Beavers from getting doubled-up on the scoreboard. Fort Hays State relied on its first three quarters for the 91-58 win.

Rappe and Gartner each finished with 12 points for the Beavers -- a career high for Rappe -- as Arrington added eight and a team-high seven rebounds. Sierra Senske also had seven points and six rebounds.

Jill Faxon racked up 22 points to pace FHSU, while Nikola Kacperska tallied 14 and Carly Heim 13.

Bemidji State committed 16 turnovers, all in the first three quarters, resulting in an additional 21 points for Fort Hays State, as well.

The Beavers will now return home for their final nonconference tune-up, taking on Crown College at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 before NSIC play begins.

   Fort Hays State 91, Bemidji State 58
BSU    12   9   7    30 -- 58
FHSU 23  29  28  11 -- 91 BEMIDJI STATE (2-1) -- Gartner 5-9 0-0 12; Rappe 5-10 1-1 12; Arrington 3-5 2-2 8; Senske 3-3 1-2 7; Pelzer 2-9 1-2 6; Zerr 2-8 0-0 4; Sheley 1-10 1-2 4; Adamich 1-3 0-0 3; Kallhoff 1-2 0-0 2; Dahl 0-0 0-0 0; Larson 0-0 0-0 0; Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Cordes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 6-9 58.

FORT HAYS STATE (4-0) -- Faxon 7-11 5-7 22; Kacperska 6-13 0-0 14; Heim 5-6 1-2 13; Rolfs 4-8 0-0 9; Legette 3-9 3-3 9; Mittie 3-8 0-0 8; Kennett 2-5 1-2 5; Stroyan 1-1 2-2 4; Chandler 2-4 0-0 4; Pimentel 1-3 0-0 2; Ritsema 0-2 1-2 1; Barbieri 0-1 0-0 0; Shupe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-72 13-18 91.

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