Postgame Highlights & Interview
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad continued its impressive play at home on Thursday (Nov. 21) as the Bulldogs beat Ursuline (Ohio) 93-66 in regional action inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The win was the Bulldogs' second-straight at home this season and FSU improved to 3-1 overall by topping the Arrows in the second of six consecutive home contests in Big Rapids.
Visiting Ursuline jumped in front first and took a 14-7 lead midway thru the opening period, but FSU closed the first quarter in strong fashion to regain a 21-16 edge and then dominated the second frame by a 27-11 score.
Ferris State built its advantage to as many as 31 points with 7:50 to go and FSU utilized 13 different players in garnering the triumph.
Senior forward Riley Blair and senior center Brayene Benner paced four Bulldogs in double-figure scoring with 17 points each while junior guard Adrienne Anderson added 14 poitns and senior guard Emilee Kott totaled 10 points off the bench.
The Bulldogs forced 27 turnovers on the night and outscored the Arrows 33-13 in points off those miscues thanks in part of a strong defensive effort.
Offensively, Ferris State shot 44.4% from the floor and connected on 52% of its second quarter shots. The Bulldogs also made seven three's in the game, shooting 30.4% beyond the arc and converted 14-of-23 (60.9%) free throws.
On the glass, FSU held a decisvie 50-38 margin and the Bulldogs collected 22 offensive rebounds to only nine for Ursuline, leading to a 18-4 advantage in second chance scoring. Ferris State also recorded 54 points inside the paint and 33 on the break in the win.
Benner led FSU on the glass with six rebounds and junior guard Shaniya Huggins dished out seven assists for Ferris State, which finished with 26 total team assists to go with 19 steals and four blocked shots. Anderson had six steals for the Bulldogs on her own.
Bekah Green led Ursuline with 18 points, but was the lone player for the Arrows in double-figures. They were held to 39.7% shooting from the floor and went six-of-15 (40%) at the line.
Ferris State continues its six-game homestand on Saturday (Nov. 23) as the Bulldogs host Southern Indiana in yet another regional tilt inside Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. (ET) as the opening game of a doubleheader with the unbeaten Bulldog men's squad taking on Lewis (Ill.) following the contest at 2 p.m.