Strong Final Half Leads WSU Past FSU

FSU's Becci Houdek tries to inbound the ball at Wayne State on Thursday (Photo by Rob Bentley)
FSU's Becci Houdek tries to inbound the ball at Wayne State on Thursday (Photo by Rob Bentley)

Detroit, Mich. - Wayne State started the second half quickly and held on to beat the Ferris State University women's basketball team 69-63 on Thursday (Jan. 21) evening in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at the Matthaei Complex in Detroit.

The Warriors outscored FSU by 10 points over the first six and a half minutes of the final period and were able to hold on after the Bulldogs had cut a 10-point lead down to only five late in the game.

The Bulldogs took a narrow 32-31 halftime advantage despite turning the ball over 14 times in the initial frame. 

FSU finished with 24 turnovers in the contest as WSU outscored FSU 30-13 in points off miscues for the night.  The Warriors also shot 60% from the floor in the final half to finish with a 48.3% (28-58) shooting performance.

Ferris State managed to shoot only 39.6% (21-53) for the game and the Bulldogs were two-of-13 (15.4%) behind the three-point line to go with a 19-of-32 (59.4%) effort at the free throw line.

Meanwhile, the Warriors hit seven-of-22 (31.8%) long range tries and made six-of-11 (54.5%) free throws in the game.

Sophomore guard Tricia Principe paced Ferris with 12 points in the game, but managed to score only two points in the final half.  Junior forward Tiara Adams chipped in with 11 points and sophomore guard Kesley DeNoyelles added 10 points.

The Warriors were led by both Brooke Bowers and Felicia Thomas, who had 13 points apiece. 

Ferris owned a 43-29 rebounding advantage and held a 13-5 edge in second chance scoring.

The Bulldogs dropped to 5-11 overall and 4-7 in conference play while WSU improved to 4-12 overall and 2-9 in conference competition.  All four WSU wins have came at home this campaign.

Additionally, FSU head coach Tracey Dorow dropped to 12-2 in her head coaching career against the Warriors as the Bulldogs lost to Wayne State for only the second time in the last 14 meetings.

The Bulldogs wrap up their five-game conference road swing by facing Northwood on Saturday, Jan. 23, in a 4 p.m. (EST) league contest at the Bennett Sports Center in Midland, Mich.