Ferris Falls In GLIAC Tourney Semifinals

Bulldog senior guard Teghan Thelen
Bulldog senior guard Teghan Thelen

The Ferris State University women's basketball squad had its season come to a close on Friday (March 6) evening as the Bulldogs fell to nationally-ranked Michigan Tech 71-53 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinals at Houghton, Mich.

The Bulldogs led by six points only four minutes into the contest and trailed 18th-ranked MTU by six (41-35) at halftime. However, the top-seeded Huskies outscored FSU 30-18 over the final 20 minutes to advance to the GLIAC Tournament Championship game.

Ferris concluded the year with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of its final nine contests. The loss marked the second-straight year FSU finished the season with a setback in the tournament semifinals inside MTU's Student Development Complex Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs had only one player reach double-figure scoring in senior forward/center Ashley Fleming. She totaled 16 points and five rebounds in her final collegiate contest.

Three other FSU seniors also wrapped up their careers in Jenna Guay, Caitlin Hutchison and Teghan Thelen. Together, the quartet helped FSU to a four-year record of 71-46 by combining for more than 2,600 points and nearly 1,400 rebounds.

In addition to Fleming's 16 points, the Bulldogs also received eight points apiece from both Guay and junior center Andrea Clancy.

The Bulldogs shot 50% (13-26) to remain close in the opening half, but made only seven-of-24 (29.2%) second-half attempts to finish at 40% (20-50) for the contest. Ferris was five-of-11 (45.5%) behind the three-point line and eight-of-14 (57.1%) at the stripe.

The Huskies shot 46.6% (27-58) for the game and made eight-of-20 (40%) three-pointers to go with a perfect nine-of-nine (100%) showing at the free throw line.

MTU had four players reach double-digit scoring. Katie Wysocky tallied a game-high 17 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way. Danae Danen added 14 points, Lynn Giesler totaled 13 points off the bench and Katie Zimmerman hit four treys to finish with 12 points.

Michigan Tech also owned a 39-26 rebounding edge and had 13 offensive boards in the contest. The Huskies netted 19 assists, six steals and two blocked shots with 14 turnovers.

FSU also turned the ball over 14 times and recorded 12 assists, nine steals and four blocked shots.

With the win, MTU improved to 24-5 overall this season and will take on the winner of the second semifinal between second-seeded Hillsdale and Grand Valley State on Saturday (March 7) evening in the title game starting at 5 p.m. (EST).

The Bulldogs were making their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament. FSU upset third-seeded Northwood by a 73-48 count on Tuesday (March 3) evening at Midland to reach the semifinals for the third-straight season.

Including Friday's season-ending loss, FSU was led on the bench in its final five games of the season by assistant coach Crystal Harris, who filled in for head coach Tracey Dorow after the birth of her first child.