Blanchard's Game-Winner In Overtime Lifts Bulldogs Past Wildcats In Marquette
Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University sophomore guard Kadyn Blanchard connected on a late jumper in overtime, lifting the Bulldogs to an exciting 68-66 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win over Northern Michigan on Thursday (Dec. 9) night in women's basketball action.
Blanchard scored just before the buzzer sounded in overtime, capping off the Bulldogs' ninth win of the campaign. FSU improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC with the decision.
The Bulldogs fell behind by three points at halftime after holding a one-point edge at the end of the opening quarter, but came back and outscored the Wildcats by four in the fourth period to rally from a four-point deficit entering the final 10 minutes of regulation.
In overtime, Ferris State totaled 10 points and limited the Wildcats to only eight, finally ending the back-and-forth affair on Blanchard's game-winner at the Berry Events Center.
Blanchard scored 20 points in leading FSU while Mallory McCartney totaled 14 points in the winning effort. FSU also received 12 points from senior guard Adrienne Anderson to go with 10 by Chloe Idoni.
The Bulldogs were limited to only 36% shooting, but finished 11-of-34 (32.4%) from the three-point line and made nine-of-10 (90%) free throws in the game that featured 17 lead changes and was tied 11 times overall.
While the Bulldogs placed four in double-digit scoring, the Wildcats had only one reach the mark as they were led by Makaylee Kuhn's game-high 21 points. However, a total of nine NMU players found the scoring column in the balanced effort.
Both teams finished with 34 rebounds on the night and both turned the ball over 11 times in the contest.
NMU finished shooting 40.3% from the floor, but was only three-of-13 (23.1%) from long range and nine-of-15 (60%) at the line. The Wildcats did own a 40-22 edge inside the paint.
Ferris State wraps up its trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula against Michigan Tech on Saturday (Dec. 11) in Houghton with tipoff set for 12 p.m. (ET).