The Indianapolis Greyhounds went on a 9-0 run in the final 90 seconds of the game en route to a narrow 68-62 triumph over the Ferris State women's basketball team to wrap up the Kentucky Wesleyan Lady Panther Classic on Sunday (Nov. 16) afternoon at the Owensboro (Ky.) Sportscenter.
The Bulldogs took a 35-28 halftime lead but were outscored by the unbeaten Greyhounds 40-27 in the final 20 minutes of play. The two teams were tied at 59 points apiece with 1:35 to play before Indianapolis reeled off nine consecutive points to seal the win.
Ferris led by as many as nine points with 12:30 to play before UIndy went on a 10-0 run over a four-minute span. From there, the lead changed hands 10 times the rest of the way as no team was able to build a lead larger than two points until Indianapolis' late run to close the game.
Indianapolis, which played three games in a California tournament prior to the Lady Panther Classic, improved to 5-0 overall this season with the win while the Bulldogs fell to 1-1 overall.
The Greyhounds forced 25 Bulldog turnovers and held FSU to a 38.5% (10-26) shooting figure in the final half. Three Indianapolis players reached double-figure scoring as Jessica Canary recorded 19 points, Samantha Meissel totaled 12 points and Heather Rourk netted 11 points.
Their performances helped offset yet another impressive showing by Ferris State senior guard Teghan Thelen. The 5-6 Thelen, who had a career-high 36 points in the Bulldogs' season-opening win over host Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday, came back to score 26 points on Sunday, including a last second three-pointer to close the game following the Greyhound run.
Thelen was seven-of-17 from the floor and three-of-eight from behind the three-point line along with a nine-of-nine showing at the charity stripe. She also added seven rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of action.
The only other Bulldog player to reach double-figures was sophomore forward Tiara Adams, who tallied a career-high 13 points with eight rebounds. Senior guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison added eight points and freshman forward Kelsey DeNoyelles scored seven points for the Bulldogs.
Ferris finished with a 39.6% (21-53) shooting effort from the floor and limited Indianapolis to 36.8% (21-57) overall. The Bulldogs were four-of-10 (40.0%) beyond the arc and 16-of-19 (84.2%) at the line. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds converted 23-of-30 (76.7%) free throws and hit only three-of-14 (21.4%) treys.
FSU maintained a slim 38-35 rebounding edge and had 14 steals, 12 assists and five blocked shots. The Greyhounds, who had 21 turnovers, came up with 11 assists, eight steals and four blocks.
The Bulldog women's basketball team continues its six-game road swing to open the season by visiting Lewis (Ill.) on Tuesday, Nov. 25, for a 6 p.m. (EST) non-league game at Romeoville, Ill. The Flyers will be the third-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponent on the Bulldogs' slate to open the campaign.