Nationally 10th-ranked Michigan Tech was too much for the Ferris State University women's basketball team on Saturday (Jan. 31) afternoon as the Bulldogs suffered a 80-70 setback to the Huskies in MTU's Student Development Complex Gymnasium at Houghton, Mich.
The Bulldogs dropped to 6-12 overall and 4-10 in league play with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) setback while the Huskies improved to 17-2 overall and remained unbeaten (14-0) in conference action.
MTU jumped out in front early and took a 46-26 halftime edge by shooting 61% from the floor in the first half. FSU came back in the second half and outscored MTU 44-34 but could never get any closer than the final 10-point deficit.
FSU's three seniors all reached double-figure scoring as guard Teghan Thelen tallied 17 points, forward/center Jenna Guay netted 14 points and forward/center Ashley Fleming finished with 11 points. Those were the only three Bulldog players to reach double-digits in the setback.
The Huskies had four starters reach double-digits as Katie Wysocky paced MTU with a game-high 18 points. Sarah Stream added 17 points, Danae Danen chipped in 14 points and Tara Ferris contributed 12 points.
Ferris shot 64% in the final half to finish shooting at a 54% (27-50) clip for the afternoon. The Bulldogs were six-of-11 (54.5%) beyond the three-point arc and made 10-of-11 (90.9%) free throws. However, FSU also had 18 turnovers compared to only 10 miscues for the Huskies.
Michigan Tech, meanwhile, made 27-of-47 (57.4%) field goals and hit seven-of-14 (50%) three-pointers along with 19-of-25 (76%) free throws.
FSU owned a 27-20 rebounding edge and compiled 17 assists with four steals and no blocked shots. The Huskies had 16 assists, four steals and two blocks.
The Bulldogs continue their four-game league road swing by visiting nationally seventh-ranked Hillsdale next Thursday (Feb. 5) with the game set for a 6 p.m. (EST) start in HC's Jesse Phillips Arena at Hillsdale, Mich.