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Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball team dropped a 57-47 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road decision to Lake Superior State on Thursday (Feb. 3) evening in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Lakers jumped out to a 30-18 edge in a low scoring first half before the Bulldogs closed the gap in the second period. However, the Lakers pulled it out down the stretch to register the victory.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 15 points in the initial frame and still were down by 11 points with 5:12 to go in the contest. Ferris managed to pull back within four points on a pair of free throws with 1:46 left, but could get no closer.
Ferris State was led by senior forward Tiara Adams' (Lansing/Waverly) 17 points and six rebounds with junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) adding 10 points for FSU. Freshman guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) chipped in with eight points off the bench. Adams also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Meanwhile, Emily Joseph tallied a game-best 23 points for the hosts, who improved to 14-5 overall and 11-2 in GLIAC play.
Ferris State dropped to 9-10 overall and 5-8 in conference action with the setback, which was its second-straight loss after previously winning three in a row prior to last Saturday's (Jan. 29) loss to nationally-ranked Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown".
FSU was limited to only 28% (14-50) shooting and hit six-of-18 (33.3%) three-pointers along with 13-of-15 (86.7%) free throws against the Lakers. The Bulldogs made only seven field goals in both halves of the game. Four of Ferris' seven baskets in the final half came from three-point range.
On the opposite side, LSSU connected on 20-of-52 (38.5%) field goals and made seven-of-21 (33.3%) three's in addition to 10-of-14 (71.4%) tries at the charity stripe. The Lakers shot 50% (12-24) from the field in the first stanza before being limited to only 28.6% (8-28) shooting over the final 20 minutes of the contest.
The Lakers also owned a 40-34 rebounding edge and forced 13 Bulldog turnovers in the game as they outscored FSU 13-7 in points off miscues. The Lakers had only 11 turnovers of their own.
Overall, Ferris recorded 11 assists, seven steals and had four blocked shots in comparison to LSSU's 14 assists, five steals and five blocks. Six of FSU's assists and four of the Bulldogs' steals came from senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton).
Ferris State returns home to host Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 5) in a 3 p.m. (ET) league tilt at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.
Bulldog Bites: LSSU outscored the Bulldogs 22-14 inside the paint ...... The Bulldogs received 12 points from their bench while the Lakres managed only six points from their reserves ..... Lake Superior State never trailed and led throughout the entire contest ...... The win enabled the Lakers to sweep FSU in two regular-season matchups this year after previously winning 73-56 in Big Rapids (Jan. 6) ...... Ferris still needs one win to notch its 10th victory of the campaign ...... LSSU improved to 50-33 all-time versus FSU with the victory and has now won 16 of the last 23 games between the two teams.