The Ferris State University women's basketball battled back from double-digit deficits in both halves but came up on the short end of a 92-89 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) setback to the Ashland Eagles on Thursday (Dec. 4) evening inside AU's Kates Gymnasium at Ashland, Ohio.
The Bulldogs trailed 53-40 at halftime before pulling back within a single point, 90-89, with 28 seconds to play. However, the Eagles ran the clock down to five seconds before Lynsey Warren was fouled and sank both free throws. She then blocked a potential game-tying three-pointer by FSU sophomore guard Becci Houdek as time expired to preserve the win.
Warren tallied 24 points to pace the Eagles, who won their first league game while FSU dropped to 1-1 in GLIAC action. She was one of five Ashland players to reach double-figure scoring with Lisa Graue adding 19 points, Lacy Romine chipping in 17 points and Elizabeth Tyler posting 13 points.
Senior guard Teghan Thelen led FSU with 24 points, Houdek netted 21 points, sophomore forward Tiara Adams totaled 17 points and senior forward Caitlin Hutchison finished with 15 points.
Both teams shot the ball well as the Eagles made 59% of their field goal tries and FSU connected on 54% of its three-point attempts. The Bulldogs forced 20 turnovers but were slightly outrebounded 32-30 for the contest.
The Eagles compiled 24 assists, nine steals and six blocked shots while Ferris finished with 15 assists, 10 steals and no blocks in the game.
FSU held a 12-2 edge in fast break scoring and a 25-19 margin in points off the bench, but the Eagles netted a 16-13 advantage in second change points. FSU did outscore Ashland 46-38 in the paint for the game.
With the win, Ashland remained unbeaten this year with a 5-0 mark while Ferris dropped to 2-3 overall on the season.
FSU concludes its road trip to Ohio by visiting league newcomer Tiffin Saturday (Dec. 6) for a 3 p.m. (EST) GLIAC game in TU's Gillmor Center at Tiffin, Ohio.