The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team finished its weekend with an 84-70 loss at Southwest Minnesota State University on Saturday afternoon at R/A Facility. With the loss, the Beavers drop to 4-10 overall and 3-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while the Mustangs improve to 4-11 overall and 3-9 in conference play.
Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann gave BSU its first and only lead of the game, 3-2, on her first field goal of the day, a 3-pointer assisted by freshman guard Sydney Zerr. Bemidji State tied the game two times after, before Southwest Minnesota State went on a 14-0 run to pull away in the game. The Beavers brought the game back to within four points multiple times in the second quarter, the final time coming off senior guard Mikayla Larson’s layup with 4:14 in the half.
After facing a 41-33 deficit at halftime, BSU found a spark in the middle of the third quarter while going on a 7-0 run. Bachmann sank her final shot of the day, a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Erica Gartner, to cut SMSU’s lead to 51-47 midway through the third period. The Mustangs followed with a run of 11-3 to make the final impactful run of the game.
Bachmann led the Beavers in scoring for the second straight game with 21 points, her fifth career game reaching at least 20. She finished with five 3-pointers and dished out three assists. Senior center Sierra Senske chipped in 15 points off the bench for the team’s final scorer in double-digits.
Southwest Minnesota State outscored Bemidji State in the paint, 52-22, and finished the game shooting 52.5 percent from the field. Bemidji State shot 35.4 percent from the floor and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Bemidji State wraps up its five-game road trip Tuesday, Jan. 16 at University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles finish the season series at 6 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minn.