A rough early start spelled doom for the Ferris State University women’s basketball team as the Bulldogs suffered a 77-66 regional setback on the road at Lewis (Ill.) Tuesday (Nov. 25) evening in Romeoville, Ill.
The host Flyers scored the first 13 points of the game and jumped out to a 22-4 advantage only seven minutes into the contest at LU’s Neil Carey Arena. Lewis held a 42-20 halftime edge before the Bulldogs outscored the Flyers 46-35 over the final 20 minutes.
Ferris was able to cut Lewis’ lead down to as few as eight points with 2:44 left in the game, but the Flyers answered with six-straight points to seal the victory.
Jenny Turpel paced Lewis with a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds while Jenna Mooberry chipped in 21 points and seven boards. Kelly Monaco also reached double-figure scoring for the Flyers with 11 points.
Their performances helped offset a solid showing by Bulldog senior forward/center Jenna Guay, who finished with a team-best 18 points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Tiara Adams added 10 points with senior guard Teghan Thelen limited to nine points. Thelen had averaged 31 points in FSU’s opening two games of the season.
The Bulldogs were held to 34.6% (9-26) shooting in the opening half before connecting on 61.3% (19-31) of their second-half tries to finish at 49.1% (28-57) for the game. FSU was three-of-13 (23.1%) behind the three-point line and seven-of-10 (70.0%) at the free throw stripe.
Meanwhile, Lewis made 44.1% (30-68) of its field goal attempts and was seven-of-26 (26.9%) behind the three-point arc. The Flyers hit 10-of-14 (71.4%) free throws.
Ferris was hampered by 23 turnovers and gave up 13 offensive boards to the Flyers. The Bulldogs were outscored 23-12 off turnovers as the Flyers had only 14 miscues in the contest. LU also owned a 16-12 edge in second chance points along with a slim 30-28 advantage in points scored inside the paint.
FSU finished with 11 assists, six steals and four blocked shots compared to Lewis’ 14 assists, eight blocks and eight steals. The Bulldogs held a narrow 39-34 rebounding lead in the game. FSU also received 42 points off its bench while the Flyers’ reserves netted only six points.
Lewis improved to 3-2 overall and the Bulldogs fell to 1-2 overall this season. The victory was Lewis’ fourth consecutive series’ triumph over Ferris State.
FSU will try to get back on track as the Bulldogs open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action against archrival Grand Valley State on Monday, Dec. 1, in Allendale, Mich. Tipoff for the opening game of the doubleheader is set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.