The Ferris State University women’s basketball team found a way to pull out a victory at Jim Wink Arena on Thursday (Jan. 22) evening as the Bulldogs topped Wayne State 77-74 in an exciting Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) encounter at Big Rapids, Mich.
Bulldog sophomore guard Becci Houdek scored with 12 seconds left to give FSU a two-point advantage and after a Warrior missed shot, senior forward Caitlin Hutchison hit one of two free throws with four seconds to go. The Warriors had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but a long three-pointer by Chastidy Miller came up short.
Ferris took a slim one-point halftime lead and neither team led by more than five points in the final half. The score was tied nine times in the back and forth contest and the lead changed hands 17 times in the game.
FSU overcame 24 turnovers by shooting 61.7% (29-47) for the game and holding the Warriors to a 41.2% (28-68) shooting figure. Ferris was seven-of-12 (58.3%) behind the three-point line and 12-of-15 (80%) at the free throw stripe. Meanwhile, Wayne State connected on only six-of-22 (27.3%) three-pointers and was also 12-of-15 (80%) at the line.
Senior guard Teghan Thelen paced Ferris with a team-high 15 points. She also added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory. Sophomore guard Chelsea Simonetti was the only other Bulldog player in double-figures with 10 points and eight assists.
The Warriors had four players reach double-figures. Both Brittany Smith and Chastidy Miller tallied a team-high tying 19 points, Brooke Bowers added 16 points and Jasmine McCall totaled 10 points in addition to six assists and six steals.
WSU managed to outscore FSU 40-26 in the paint and 27-19 off turnovers. However, the Bulldogs’ received 31 points off the bench compared to only 21 for Wayne State.
Ferris also finished with 24 assists and maintained a 32-27 rebounding edge despite 17 offensive boards for the Warriors. FSU also had eight steals.
The Warriors recorded 18 assists, 17 steals and four blocked shots. They had 12 turnovers in dropping to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in the GLIAC.
The win was FSU’s second in its last three contests as the Bulldogs improved to 5-10 overall and 3-8 in league action. Ferris also improved to 11-1 all-time against the Warriors under head coach Tracey Dorow with the triumph.
FSU concludes its five-game homestand by hosting the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday (Jan. 24) afternoon with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) at Wink Arena. Saturday’s game will also represent FSU’s annual Community Health Day as a variety of health-related informational tables and screenings will take place during the doubleheader inside the FSU Sports Complex.