A big run to close the first half fueled the Ferris State University women's basketball squad as the Bulldogs returned from the Holiday break with a convincing 108-49 non-league truimph over Marygrove College on Monday (Dec. 29) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.
The game was tied at 23 points apiece with 9:38 to go in the inital period before the Bulldogs closed the opening stanza on a 27-3 run in grabbing a 50-26 halftime edge. Ferris then outscored the Mustangs 58-23 in the final period.
Senior forward Ashley Fleming tallied a team-high 18 points, including 12 points in the opening period for FSU. Senior forward Caitlin Hutchison added 12 points and sophomore forward Tiara Adams netted 11 points. All 13 Bulldog players in uniform scored in the contest.
The Bulldogs' 108 total points represented the first time FSU has scored more than 100 points since a 104-78 home win over Lake Superior State last February (2/16). It also was the second-straight time the Bulldogs have topped the century mark against Marygrove and tied for the third-highest single game scoring output in school history.
FSU finished only four points shy of matching the school record of 112 points set in a 112-49 home win over Westminster back during the 1999-00 season (12/2/99), which came in the first-ever contest played inside the current Wink Arena.
Ferris shot 53.7% from the floor in the game and made 14-of-19 (73.7%) free throws along with six-of-16 (37.5%) three-point tries. Defensively, FSU limited the visitors to only 32.7% shooting and the Mustangs were only two-of-12 (16.7%) beyond the arc. FSU also forced 27 turnovers in the win.
Keyandra Linebarger netted a contest-high 22 points for Marygrove. The Mustangs dropped to 1-13 overall this campaign.
Ferris posted a commanding 57-3 advantage in points scored off the bench as the Mustangs played only seven players in the outing. FSU also maintained a 50-16 edge in points off turnovers and tallied 23 second-chance points compared to only five for Marygrove.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-6 overall and snapped a four-game losing skid with the victory. The game was FSU's first contest since hosting Findlay on Dec. 14.
FSU next resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play on Thursday, Jan. 8, by visiting Lake Superior State for a 5:30 p.m. (EST) encounter in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Ferris will then travel to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 10, for a 1 p.m. (EST) GLIAC outing in University Center, Mich.