Caitlyn Peterson gets hyped up by her team. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Whaley
After a pair of weekend games against MSU-Moorhead got cancelled, the Huskies Women’s Basketball team was rested up and eager to take on Bemidji State University (BSU) Beavers. St. Cloud was 5-3 overall heading into the weekend with a 3-3 conference record. The Beavers were 7-1 overall and undefeated in the NSIC conference (6-0).
With a 6 p.m. tip-off on Friday at the Bemidji State Gymnasium, both teams hit the floor with hopes of gaining more conference wins.
The Huskies immediately are electric on the floor in the first quarter. Normally, SCSU isn’t a team that is known for scoring tons of points or sinking tons of shots, but this night was the complete opposite. For a team that isn’t centered around scoring, putting up 29 points in the first ten minutes is huge.
29-13 is the score that rounded out the first quarter. St. Cloud Huskies outscoring the #2 Beavers might not have guaranteed a win, but it sure did help. The Huskies shot 60% from the field (12-20) and were an astonishing 4-5 shooting three’s. Bemidji wasn’t necessarily playing badly in the first ten minutes, but in the second quarter they definitely struggled. The Beavers went from 46% to 26% in just one quarter from the field, and only made two of nine three-point attempts in the first half. BSU couldn’t make up for it in free-throws either, since there were no extra point opportunities for them in the half. After the first half, your SCSU Huskies lead 39-22.
Bemidji tried to rally in the second half, but it just didn’t work. Their shooting was simply just too off, no shots were going in. The Huskies didn’t have as strong of a second half, but they still figured out how to outsmart and outwork the Beavers. Staying consistent was SCSU’s key to success, with around 45% field shooting and making a modest amount of limited three-point attempts. Bemidji’s shooting woes were just too heavy, making 2-12 and 5-15 shots in the 3rd and 4th quarter, respectively. The Huskies outscored BSU in every quarter, by as large as 16 points in the first and one point in the second.
The Huskies would win the game by a blowout score of 65-42. Brehna Evans had a crazy game with 28 points of her own to help lead the team to success. Nikki Kilboten lead in blocks with three. Tori Wortz lead in rebounds with five and four steals. For assists – Caitlyn Peterson lead with four. There weren’t many stars on BSU’s side. Sydney Zerr lead in scoring with 12 points while Rachael Heittola had a game high nine rebounds.
After a huge win for the Huskies in a year that’s been painfully inconsistent, SCSU took the court again at 3:30 p.m. to look for a sweep.
This time, Bemidji was the team that started off hot. BSU lead in the first half with 12-27 shots from the field, 50% for three-pointers, and tacking on seven extra point opportunities. Although this was their strongest performance of the weekend, SCSU was right behind them. The Huskies shot 10-32 from the field, 33% for three’s, but had no extra point opportunities at the free-throw line in the half. Both teams tried to claw their way over the other, but at the half the score stood 22-35, BSU.
Normally, the Huskies struggle in the 3rd quarter, but not today. The Huskies knew they’d have to fight the Beavers to get the W. Shots were finally starting to sink a little more for St. Cloud, while Bemidji just simply wasn’t as hot as they were in the 1st and 2nd. This time, SCSU had many free-throw opportunities and made a miraculous 12 of 16 attempts (75%).
After a very back-and-forth close game, the Huskies were able to stay strong and get the sweep with a score of 57-53. Tori Wortz had the spotlight this game with 19 points and six steals. Brehna Evans tacked on another 17 points of her own. Caitlyn Peterson lead in rebounds with eight. For BSU, Brooklyn Bachmann lead with 16 points and Rachael Heittola again had a team high eight rebounds.
After a BIG win for the Huskies against the #2 team in the NSIC, SCSU moves to 3rd place in the conference. 7-3 overall is the current overall record. In the conference though, the Huskies stand at 4-2. Their overall record is now tied with Bemidji, although BSU leads with a conference record of 6-2.
SCSU is sitting at 3rd in the NSIC, which would get them into the playoffs at the end of the month. The team will be looking to tack on more wins this weekend against U of M – Crookston. Crookston is currently 2nd to last in the NSIC north. Tipoff on Friday is set for 6 p.m., while Saturday’s game will be at 4 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall. This will be the last home game for the Huskies in the 2020-21 season.
Sydney is a Mass Communications major with a focus in Creative Media Production and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric Studies and will be graduating in Spring of 2021. Sydney is UTVS News Director and the music director at KVSC. She is also a nationally qualified speaker on the speech and debate team. In her free time she loves to play music, watch SCSU hockey games, and play dorky video games with her friends. Connect with her on social media @sydneyisawolf.