The Ferris State University women's basketball squad secured the number six seed for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament with an exciting 69-67 win over Wayne State in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday (Feb. 28) afternoon at the Matthaei Complex in Detroit, Mich.
With the victory, the Bulldogs will next play a GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal-round game on the road next Tuesday (March 3) night at third-seeded Northwood. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (EST) inside NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich.
Ferris received a strong performance from its own senior class to spoil Wayne State's "Senior Day" outing on Saturday. Senior forward/center Ashley Fleming led the way with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.
FSU also received 20 points by senior guard Teghan Thelen along with 10 points apiece by senior forward Jenna Guay and senior guard Caitlin Hutchison as four players reached double-digit scoring.
The Bulldogs took a narrow 33-30 halftime edge. WSU cut the Bulldogs' three-point lead to one point on a basket by Joy Nash with four seconds to go. Then, following a timeout, the Warriors nearly came up with a steal on the inbounds play. However, after an officials' meeting, a technical foul was charged to Wayne State for reaching over the line on the inbounds pass from the baseline and Thelen sank one of two free throws.
All three of Wayne State's seniors also reached double-figure scoring as Chastidy Miller tallied 11 points, Jasmine McCall netted 14 points and Joy Nash totaled 10 points. Brittany Smith contributed 11 points as the Warriors finished the season with a 7-20 overall mark and a 5-17 GLIAC slate.
Ferris turned the ball over 21 times in the game, but outrebounded WSU 49-32 and shot 44.6% (29-65) from the floor along with eight-of-11 (72.7%) at the free throw stripe.
WSU was held to 39% (24-61) shooting and finished by making 13-of-22 (59%) free throws in addition to a six-of-20 (30%) showing behind the three-point line.
Ferris tallied 14 assists, four steals and a single block compared to 12 assists, 13 steals and four blocks by WSU. The Warriors turned the ball over only nine times in the contest.
FSU improved to 12-14 overall and 10-12 in league play by winning its sixth game in its last seven outings.
The top four seeds in the GLIAC Tournament will host first-round home games on Tuesday with the highest remaining seed selected to host the semifinals/finals on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7.