The Ferris State University women's basketball team picked up one of its most impressive wins of the season Thursday (Feb. 12) evening as the Bulldogs toppled nationally 12-ranked Michigan Tech by a 67-62 count inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs trailed by five points with 16:49 to play, but rallied back to take a seven-point advantage with 4:27 to go. The Huskies held FSU to a single field goal in the final four minutes, but a pair of free throws by senior guard Teghan Thelen coupled with a MTU turnover on the final possession of the game iced the win.
Thelen poured in a game-high 22 points for FSU in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest with senior forward Ashley Fleming adding a double-double effort with 15 points and 13 boards. Junior center Andrea Clancy chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs limited MTU to only 34% (19-56) shooting for the night, including a 29.6% effort in the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs connected on 48% (26-54) of their shots in the contest and shot 52% in the final half.Ferris' Amy Joostberns shoots the ball in Thursday's victory (Photo/Sandy Gholston)
Katie Wysocky led Michigan Tech with 20 points, Katie Zimmerman added 11 points and Danae Danen totaled 10 points.
The win helped Ferris moved into a tie for eighth place in the GLIAC standings with a 6-11 league mark. The top eight teams at the end of the regular-season earn berths into the GLIAC Tournament. Ferris improved to 8-13 overall this year with the win.
The 12th-ranked Huskies fell to 18-4 overall and 15-2 in the GLIAC with their second consecutive loss. The win also avenged a 10-point road loss for Ferris to the Huskies only two weeks ago.
The Bulldogs hit 11-of-13 (84.6%) free throws and four-of-10 (40%) three-pointers while turning the ball over 16 times. MTU was 19-of-23 (82.6%) at the stripe and five-of-19 (26.3%) behind the arc with 13 misuces.
Ferris also compiled 19 assists, eight steals and four blocked shots with Michigan Tech finishing the game with 11 assists, seven steals and three blocks.
FSU recorded a 30-22 edge in points score inside the paint and the Bulldogs' bench outscored the Huskies' reserves by a 21-15 count.
The victory was Ferris' fourth in its last seven contests to date this year and second-straight overall.
Ferris State continues its four-game league homestand by hosting Northern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 14, in a 1 p.m. (EST) Valentine's Day encounter at Wink Arena. Tickets will be available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff.