Postgame Interview & Highlights
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad got off to a strong start and rolled past visiting Lewis (Ill.) by a 88-69 score in regional action on Sunday (Dec. 1) afternoon inside Jim Wink Arena.
Senior forward Riley Blair tallied a game-high 28 points and had a big first half as FSU built a 22-point lead at the break en route to the win. With the victory, Ferris State is now 5-1 overall this year.
Along with Blair's game-high 28 points, the Bulldogs also received 15 points off the bench from Savanah Gibson along with 10 by freshman guard Mallory McCartney. Overall, FSU utilized 14 different players in the triumph and 12 scored in the decisive win.
The Bulldogs shot 49% from the floor, including a 11-of-15 (73.3%) effort in the second frame as they broke the game open. FSU also finished 11-of-23 (47.8%) behind the three-point arc and went nine-of-12 (75%) at the free throw stripe.
Meanwhile, Lewis was limited to 38% shooting with the Flyers making eight-of-29 (27.6%) triples and seven-of-nine (77.8%) free throws.
Ferris State outrebounded Lewis 42-39 for the afternoon and topped the Flyers on the break by a 17-=8 margin. FSU also outscored LU 15-11 in points off turnovers with both teams finishing with 17 miscues in the game.
The Flyers got 13 points each from both Rachel Hinders and Reilly Olmstead in the setback.
Along with the three players in double-figure scoring, the Bulldogs received seven assists from McCartney along with six by junior guard Shaniya Huggins. Senior Renee Sturm paced FSU on the glass with seven rebounds while senior center Brayene Benner had three steals.
Blair finished 12-of-14 from the floor in the game and made all four of her three-point attempts in the victory.
Ferris State will open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action at home against Wayne State on Thursday, Dec. 5, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) inside Jim Wink Arena.