FSU Women Top Lake Erie In First-Ever Meeting

Freshman Nikki Arner pressures the ball at Lake Erie (Photo by Rob Bentley)
Freshman Nikki Arner pressures the ball at Lake Erie (Photo by Rob Bentley)

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Painesville, Ohio – The Ferris State University women's basketball team registered a win in its first-ever matchup with Lake Erie as the Bulldogs topped the Storm 69-55 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action on Thursday (Feb. 10) night in Painesville, Ohio.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 11-10 overall and 7-8 in the GLIAC while keeping their conference tournament hopes alive.  The win was FSU's second-straight and fifth in the last seven contests to date this year.

FSU built a 42-30 halftime edge and outscored Lake Erie 27-25 over the final 20 minutes in picking up the win versus the league newcomer.

Junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) paced FSU with a game-high 20 points in the outing while senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort.

The Storm were led by Jen Caiola and Stephanie Rogers with 12 points apiece.

FSU shot 35.1% (20-57) overall for the game, but made 14-of-28 (50%) tries in the first half.  The Bulldogs hit seven-of-23 (30.4%) three-pointers and made 22-of-25 (88%) free throws.

On the opposite side, Lake Erie was 21-of-61 (34.4%) from the field and only six-of-23 (26.1%) beyond the arc along with seven-of-14 (50%) at the stripe.

Ferris turned the ball over 17 times, but held a 50-34 rebounding edge and came up with 17 offensive boards compared to only 12 for the hosts.

FSU finished with 16 assists, seven steals and a single blocked shot compared to LEC's nine assists, nine steals and six blocks.  Lake Erie totaled 14 turnovers.

Ferris State will wrap up its two-game trip to Ohio by visiting Ashland on Saturday (Feb. 12) for a 3 p.m. (ET) league tilt inside AU's Kates Gymnasium at Ashland, Ohio.

Ferris then returns home for its final three regular-season games against Wayne State (Feb. 17), Findlay (Feb. 19) and Grand Valley State (Feb. 26). 

Bulldog Bites: The game featured nine lead changes and the score was also tied nine times ….. Ferris was outscored 26-18 in the paint …… The Bulldogs held a 16-9 edge in points off turnovers ….. Ferris' reserves totaled 14 points compared to 17 for Lake Erie ……. Senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) had four assists to go with seven points in the win ….. Junior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) added nine points and eight rebounds in the victory.