Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad bounced back in a big way on Saturday (Jan. 13) as the Bulldogs posted a 62-52 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home win over the Northern Michigan Wildcats inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
Ferris State, which was coming off a near upset of #16 Michigan Tech on Thursday night, led the game at halftime 25-17 and kept the advantage throughout the second half. FSU built a 10-point lead after one period and the Wildcats led for only 15 seconds in the contest.
Senior forward Rachel McInerney compiled 19 points and 11 rebounds on the day while sophomore forward Lilly George was right behind her with 18 points and four boards as the duo produced 37 points against a bigger front line.
Junior guard Alexis Bush added seven points, seven assists along with four rebounds in the victory.
Overall, Ferris State made 27-of-68 (39.7%) field goals and went three-of-13 (23.1%) from three-point range while making five-of-six (83.3%) free throws.
The Wildcats converted 31.5% (17-54) of their field goals and connected on five-of-21 (23.8%) three's along with 13-of-16 (81.3%) free throws overall.
Northern Michigan was led by standout Taylor Hodell with 17 points and nine rebounds. Emily Schramek chipped in 10 points while Jessica Schultz had nine in the setback.
Ferris State held a big advantage in points off turnovers as FSU forced 22 in the game and it led to a 26-10 scoring margin. The Bulldogs also slightly outscored NMU on the offensive glass with an 11-10 edge on 14 putbacks.
In addition to Bush's seven assists, the Bulldogs got five helpers from freshman guard Adrienne Anderson along with four from McInerney as part of a total of 21 team assists. Both senior guard Leah Humes and sophomore guard Renee Sturm had three steals apiece.
Overall, Ferris State led for more than 36 minutes of the contest for the second consecutive game.
Ferris State will hit the road for its next two league games this coming week as FSU visits new league member Purdue-Northwest for the first-time ever on Thursday (Jan. 18) evening for a 6 p.m. (ET) game in Hammond, Ind. The Bulldogs then face archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 20) night in Allendale with tipoff also set for 6 p.m.