The Ferris State University women's basketball team opened up a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road swing Thursday (Jan. 29) evening with a 66-59 triumph over host Northern Michigan in NMU's Berry Events Center at Marquette, Mich.
FSU played the game without the services of head coach Tracey Dorow, who is expecting her first child and did not make the trip. Assistant coach Crystal Harris directed the Bulldogs' in her absence with the help of Volunteer Assistant Coach Mark DeNoyelles on the FSU bench.
Ferris took a 30-25 halftime lead and led the entire second half in improving to 6-11 overall and 4-9 in the GLIAC this campaign. NMU dropped to 10-8 overall and 5-8 in league play with the setback. The win was Ferris' second in its last three outings to date.
Bulldog senior forward/center Ashley Fleming sparked the FSU victory with a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore center Andrea Clancy added 11 points while senior forward/center Jenna Guay chipped in with 10 points as the Bulldogs' dominated play inside.
The Wildcats had only two players reach double-digits as Christa Erickson scored 11 points and Erin Powers contributed 10 points.
The Bulldogs shot 40% (26-65) from the floor for the game and made 11-of-16 (68.8%) free throws in addition to three-of-nine (33.3%) tries beyond the arc. Meanwhile, NMU was 21-of-63 (33.3%) from the field and eight-of-31 (25.8%) from long range. The Wildcats sank nine-of-10 (90%) free throws.
Ferris had a season-low six turnovers in the game compared to NMU's 18 miscues. The Bulldogs finished with 12 steals, seven assists and one blocked shot while Northern Michigan managed 10 assists, four steals and two blocks. FSU was outrebounded 47-38 for the contest.
Ferris had only two turnovers in the opening period in taking a five-point halftime edge.
The Bulldogs will conclude their two-game trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula by visiting Michigan Tech on Saturday (Jan. 31) for a 1 p.m. (EST) league tilt at Houghton, Mich.