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Beavers fall to Minnesota Duluth in conference home opener

The Beavers opened up NSIC conference play against Minnesota Duluth at the home opener Friday. Early in the first quarter, the Beavers trailed the Bulldogs, 7- 4. Haley Hildenbrand led the Beavers in scoring by scoring all four points for the Beavers. At the end of the first quarter, the Beavers trailed the Bulldogs 17-10, but the Beavers outrebounded the Bulldogs 8 - 6.

In the second quarter, the Beavers shot 50 percent from the field. The Beavers cranked up their defense and forced the Bulldogs to three turnovers.

The Beavers scored sixteen points in the second quarter and were down 41- 26 going into the half.

Kari Clements scored six points in the

third quarter and added two rebounds to her stat sheet. Going into the fourth quarter, Clements had 13 points and four rebounds as the Beavers looked to make a comeback down 60 - 38. Mariah Payne and Azaria Reed, each scored three points in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs outscored the Beavers in the fourth quarter, 14 -10, and the Beavers fell to the Bulldogs, 74 - 48.

Hildenbrand led the Beavers in scoring, shooting 6-of-8 from the floor, and scored a season-high with 14 points. Clements scored 13 points reaching double digits for the fifth straight game. Whitney Molina finished the game with five points and three rebounds. Reina Strand, Cali Delsman, and Clements all lead the team in rebounds with five each. Strand also scored four points and had a blocked shot on the night. Payne led the team with four assists. Anna Counts had two points, three rebounds, and an assist. The Beavers turned the ball over 20 times, which led to 23 points for the Bulldogs. The Beavers shot 49.1 percent from the floor.

The Beavers dropped to 5-3 and 0-2 in NSIC conference play. The Beavers return to action in the Dome Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. where they’ll take on University of Mary.

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