Quick Start Fuels FSU To Road Win As Bulldogs Post Double-Digit Wins For 18th Time In 19 Years

Quick Start Fuels FSU To Road Win As Bulldogs Post Double-Digit Wins For 18th Time In 19 Years

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad bolted out to an early edge and cruised to a 63-50 victory over Lake Superior State on the road Saturday (Feb. 14) afternoon in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at Cooper Gymnasium in Sault Ste. Marie.

FSU scored the first 10 points of the contest and were not threatened much from that point forward as they posted the league road triumph. The victory was FSU's 10th of the season, marking the 18th time in the last 19 years in which the Bulldogs have registered double-digit victories in a campaign.

Ferris State limited LSSU to only 19.2% shooting in the opening half in building a 26-12 halftime edge. Overall, they held the Lakers to only 27.6% from the floor for the afternoon and Lake Superior State managed to hit only six-of-20 (30%) three's on the day.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs connected on 40.9% of their field goals and made five-of-15 (33.3%) three's along with an impressive 22-of-28 (78.6%) performance at the line. The Lakers finished 12-of-16 (75%) at the stripe.

Sophomore guard Ally Christman had a big day for the Bulldogs with a game-high 22 points on six-of-nine shooting from the floor and four-of-five from downtown along with making all six of her free throw attempts. She also had three boards and two steals.

FSU also received 10 points from junior guard Katie Mavis in addition to nine points each from freshman forward Rachel McInerney and junior forward Christina Branch. Both also shared team-high rebounding honors with eight each for the day.

Ferris State held a 39-35 advantage on the glass with nine offensive boards compared to 14 for the Lakers. LSSU had 15 turnovers and forced 17 on the Bulldog side, but FSU also came away with 10 steals and nine blocked shots versus nine thefts and two swats on the LSSU side.

Lake Superior State was led by Stephanie Fisher with 13 points. However, she was the lone Laker to finish in double-digits as FSU swept the season series against the GLIAC North Division opponent. LSSU did outscore FSU 38-37 in the second half, but never made a serious run at the Bulldogs after the early deficit.

With the win, Ferris State improved to 10-12 overall and 8-11 in the GLIAC while LSSU fell to 7-16 on the year and 3-16 in conference action.

The Bulldogs will wrap up a three-game road stretch by visiting Hillsdale on Thursday (Feb. 19) for a 6 p.m. (ET) league contest in Hillsdale, Mich.

Following the trip to Hillsdale, Ferris State returns home for its final two regular-season contests starting next Saturday (Feb. 21) as the Bulldogs entertain Saginaw Valley State for a 1 p.m. (ET) GLIAC game at Jim Wink Arena. It will be Upward Day with all participants in the area's youth basketball program receiving free admission with their Upward ID card received at registration.

Finally, Ferris State then closes the regular-season by hosting archrival Grand Valley State on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. (ET) in Big Rapids. The showdown with the Lakers will represent FSU Student-Athlete Night along with serving as FSU Faculty Appreciation Night. Finally, it will be Senior Night with the Bulldogs' senior team members honored as part of the evening activities.