Ferris State Women's Basketball Falls To Host School In Pops Duncan Classic

Ferris State Women's Basketball Falls To Host School In Pops Duncan Classic

Big Rapids, Mich. - After a close season-opening setback late Friday evening, the Ferris State University women's basketball team hit the floor early Saturday (Nov. 14) afternoon but suffered a 83-58 setback to Trevecca Nazarene to wrap up the Pops Duncan Classic in Nashville, Tenn.

The host squad jumped out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter on the Bulldogs and took a commanding lead at halftime before the Bulldogs outscored Trevecca Nazarene 36-32 in the second half.

Ferris State received a team-high 19 points from freshman guard Riley Blair to go with 12 from sophomore forward Rachel McInerney. Junior forward Joslyn Nicholson added nine points and senior guard Katie Mavis tallied eight points in the setback.

The Bulldogs were limited to 31.7% shooting for the game, including a three-of-20 (15%) figure from three-point range. FSU did hit 15-of-25 (60%) free throws in the game.

Sarah Raby totaled a game-high 25 points for Trevecca Nazarene with Paige Baugher adding 16 points and Helen Mitchner scoring 11 points.

The hosts finished with a 41.3% (26-63) shooting performance and knocked down 10-of-24 (41.7%) three's along with 21-of-26 (80.8%) free throws. They also outrebounded FSU 54-35 on the strength of 18 offensive boards.

Ferris State totaled 12 assists, 12 steals and four blocked shots in comparison to Trevecca Nazarene's 18 assists, seven steals and two blocks. The Bulldogs forced 17 turnoves, but had 16 of their own on the day.

Nicholson paced FSU on the glass with 10 rebounds and added a team-high five steals while Hannah Evo notched three steals and Mavis dished out four assists.

Ferris State returns home and will next host Cedarville (Ohio) in the Bulldogs' 2015-16 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. Tipoff for the women's game to open the non-conference doubleheader is set for 5:30 p.m. (ET).