Senior center Sierra Senske moved into 10th place all-time in the Bemidji State University women’s basketball program after scoring 14 points in a 76-61 loss at (RV) Minnesota State University Moorhead at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers fall to 4-19 overall and in the 3-16 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to open their final home weekend of the season while the Dragons improve to 20-3 overall and 17-2 in conference play.
The Dragons jumped out to a 12-2 lead early and held the Beavers to just 1-for-6 shooting from the field over the first 5:10 of play. Following a 3-pointer from junior forward Emma Rappe to begin the second quarter, MSUM went on another run, this time of 9-0, to take a 31-12 lead.
With just over five minutes in the half, senior center Sierra Senske began a 10-0 run for the Beavers which would bring the team back to within a single-digit deficit. Freshman guard Brooklyn Bachmann sank two 3-pointers during the run and was capped by a layup by sophomore guard Erica Gartner to set the score at 34-25, in favor of the Dragons. MSUM scored six of the final seven points in the half to take a 40-26 lead into halftime.
Though the Beavers scored just three fewer points than the Dragons in the third quarter, MSUM built a 19-point lead, 57-38, following a 6-0 run late in the period. Freshman guard Sydney Zerr found fellow freshman guard Maria Appicelli for a layup to end scoring in the third, as BSU trailed, 57-40.
Bemidji State used a 7-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to climb back to within 14 points, 66-52, off a jumper in the paint by Gartner. Rappe made her second 3-pointer of the game one minute later to cut the lead down again to 13 points. The Beavers could not pull within the 13-point deficit despite holding MSUM to 1-for-9 shooting from the field to end the game.
Bachmann led BSU in scoring with 15 points and tied a career-high nine rebounds while going 6-of-13 from the field. Senske followed with 14 points and moved into 10th all-time in scoring at BSU. Rappe reached double digit scoring with 10 points.
BSU finished the game shooting 40.0 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dragons took home the rebound battle, 45-27, and totaled 30 points in the paint compared to 22 for the Beavers.
Bemidji State will honor three seniors in the final home game of the season Saturday against Northern State University. The Beavers and Wolves tip-off from BSU Gymnasium at 4 p.m.