It was a tough afternoon for the Ferris State University women’s basketball team as the Bulldogs suffered a 84-62 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home setback to visiting Ashland on Saturday (Jan. 17) at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Eagles took an early edge and never trailed in the game. Ashland led 49-32 at halftime and outscored FSU 35-30 in the final period.
Ferris managed to cut the Eagles’ 17-point halftime lead down to five points, 57-52, with 10:47 to play, but Ashland answered with a 21-4 run to eventually put the game away.
The Eagles shot 50% (16-32) from the floor in the opening stanza and connected on 46.8% (29-62) of their field goal tries on the day in improving to 10-5 overall and 6-4 in the GLIAC. FSU turned the ball over 27 times, which led to 22 Eagle points off turnovers.
The Bulldogs were paced by sophomore forward Amy Joostberns’ team and personal career-high 15 points. She made six-of-seven field goal tries and added five rebounds and three steals. Senior guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison chipped in with 11 points on a three-of-four effort from the floor while sinking all five of her free throw attempts.
The Eagles had three players reach double-figure scoring as Betsy Morrison scored a game-high 16 points, Lacy Romine tallied 12 points and Lynsey Warren added 11 points.
AU was outrebounded 36-34 by the Bulldogs, who came up with 15 offensive boards. FSU also maintained a 40-24 edge in points scored inside the paint, but Ashland sank 10-of-17 (58.8%) three-point tries while the Bulldogs were only two-of-13 (15.4%) behind the arc.
Ferris shot 40% (24-60) for the day and was 12-of-13 (92.3%) at the free throw line compared to Ashland’s 16-of-18 (88.9%) effort at the charity stripe.
FSU managed 12 assists, 11 steals and a single block. Meanwhile, the Eagles dished out 21 assists, came up with 13 steals and had five swats on the afternoon.
With the loss, Ferris State dropped to 4-10 overall and 2-8 in league play this campaign.
FSU wraps up its five-game league homestand by hosting Wayne State and Northwood next Thursday (Jan. 22) and Saturday (Jan. 24), respectively. Thursday’s outing against the Warriors begins at 6 p.m. (EST) with Saturday’s tilt versus the Timberwolves set to start at 1 p.m. (EST).