The Ferris State University women's basketball squad jumped out to a 20-point lead in the opening half and cruised to a 81-69 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) triumph over visiting Saginaw Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 19) evening at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs celebrated "Pink Wave Night" with their fourth consecutive victory this campaign. The win was FSU's sixth in its last nine contests to date.
Ferris State improved to 10-13 overall and 8-11 in the league standings with the victory while moving into a three-way tie for sixth place in the GLIAC standings. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season advance to the conference postseason tournament.
FSU had three players reach double-figure scoring. Junior center Andrea Clancy led the way with a team-high 13 points and six rebounds. Both senior guard Teghan Thelen and sophomore guard Chelsea Simonetti chipped in with 10 points apiece.
A balanced Bulldog attack shot 56.4% (31-55) from the floor and sank 14-of-20 (70%) free throws against a SVSU team that played only eight players. Ferris also forced 23 Cardinal turnovers.FSU's Tricia Principe holds onto the ball against the Cardinals (Photo/Zeke Jennings)
The Cardinals cut a 17-point Bulldog halftime edge down to as few as 10 points in the final minute. They were led by Brittany Burkhardt's team-best 19 points and 15 rebounds in a double-double showing.
Kelly Wesp chipped in 17 points and Tricia Everett tallied 14 points for SVSU, which dropped to 2-22 overall and 1-18 in league play.
Ferris was outrebounded 38-31 for the game, but had 24 assists to go with 13 steals and three blocked shots. The Cardinals totaled 16 assists, 12 thefts and a single block.
SVSU shot 39.1% (25-64) for the game and was four-of-11 (36.4%) beyond the three-point arc. The Cardinals made 15-of-19 (78.9%) free throws and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers. Ferris was five-of-10 (50%) behind the three-point line.
The Bulldogs owned a commanding 40-5 advantage in points scored off the bench and held a 34-28 margin in points scored inside the paint. Additionally, the Bulldogs also scored 18 fast break points compared to 13 for the Cardinals.
The win for FSU avenged a loss earlier this season (Jan. 10) to the Cardinals in University Center, Mich.
Ferris State will host Lake Superior State in its regular-season home finale on Saturday, Feb. 21, with tipoff for the league contest beginning at 1 p.m. (EST) inside Wink Arena. It will also be "Senior Day" as the Bulldogs will honor their four seniors in Teghan Thelen, Caitlin Hutchison, Ashley Fleming and Jenna Guay following the contest.