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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Sharpshooting lifts BSU over Northland

ST. CLOUD -- The Bemidji State women's basketball team used the long ball in its 72-56 win over Northland College on Friday. Erica Gartner sunk a team-high five three-pointers on the night, her first capping off an early 7-0 run that gave BSU (2-...

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Bemidji State Beavers

ST. CLOUD -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team used the long ball in its 72-56 win over Northland College on Friday.

Erica Gartner sunk a team-high five three-pointers on the night, her first capping off an early 7-0 run that gave BSU (2-0) the lead for the rest of the game.

The Beavers worked their way to a 21-14 advantage after the first quarter, and they continued to add to it in the second.

Another Gartner three midway through the period gave Bemidji State a 14 point lead -- their largest of the game -- at 35-21. However, the LumberJills chipped away before the half, closing the gap into a 38-30 score by the break.

But the Beavers came out strong in the third, taking the first eight points of the half with four straight layups. And yet Northland continued to stick around, keeping it within 10 at 56-46 by the end of the quarter.

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Tatum Sheley quickly shot away the LumberJills’ hopes, however, sinking two straight threes early on in the fourth. Then, after a Hanna Zerr layup and a Sam Adamich three finished off the 11-0 run, the Beavers had a 67-46 advantage that was more than enough to cruise to a 72-56 victory.

The trio of Gartner, Sheley and Zerr all poured out 15 points apiece. Gartner and Sheley combined to shoot 8-for-18 behind the arc, while Zerr added game-highs with six assists and four steals. Sierra Senske tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season as well.

Nicole Huber recorded a game-high 17 points for Northland, while Bethany Best finished with 12 points and eight boards. Ashton Meadows also reached double-figures with 10 points, while Briana Tody hauled in 14 rebounds on the night.

Bemidji State will look to stay hot at 2 p.m. today against Fort Hays State to wrap up the Huskies Classic in St. Cloud.

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