The fourth quarter of Bemidji State University women’s basketball contest Saturday afternoon created the difference as University of Mary exited with a 68-58 win. Freshman forward Gabby DuBois set a career-high 12 points off the bench for the Beavers (4-14, 3-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) after BSU trailed the Marauders (8-11, 4-9 NSIC) by just two points heading into the fourth quarter.
Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann and sophomore center Sydney Arrington each put in layups to give the Beavers a quick 4-0 advantage, but the score was tied nearly two minutes later as both teams stayed within one possession of each other until late in the period. The Marauders went on a 5-0 run at the end of the first quarter to go up, 15-11, while senior forward Sam Adamich put in her only 3-pointer of the game to end the first quarter.
The Marauders led for the majority of the second quarter and took a first-half-high lead of five points, 27-22, five minutes in. Bemidji State followed on a 7-0 run, including five free throws, to take its first lead since earlier in the quarter. Two free throws from U-Mary tied the game before heading into halftime, 29-29.
Bemidji State was not able to regain the lead for the remainder of the game, although it went into the final quarter trailing just two points, 45-43. U-Mary went on runs of 5-2 and 7-0 during the fourth quarter to take its first double-digit lead of the game while free throws helped seal the BSU loss.
Bachmann led BSU with 19 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double while also leading the team on the boards. DuBois led the Beavers bench with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 35.7 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 61.9 percent from the free throw line. U-Mary shot 37.3 percent from the floor, 20.0 percent from long range and sank 28-of-34 free throw attempts to shoot 82.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Bemidji State hits the road to finish the month of January while facing Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University Mankato Jan. 26-27.