MARQUETTE, Mich. – A hot shooting Ferris State University women’s basketball team had the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team’s number Thursday night at the Berry Events Center. The Bulldogs shot 73.3 percent from the floor in the first half (22-30) and 67.3 percent for the game (33-49). FSU was up 50-32 at the break and took the game by a count of 81-66.
NMU has dropped its past four games in a row, currently 7-11 overall and 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Bulldogs improve to 13-5 and 8-1 respectively.
Steffani Stoeger scored NMU’s first basket at 17:16 to get the Wildcats on the board at 9-2. FSU quickly had the lead up to double-digits before the ‘Cats cut the score to 15-9 when Stoeger made a layup at 15:10. Allison Carroll’s three-point play at 6:29 had the ‘Cats down by 12 points (34-22). Angie Leckson converted two free throws to get the ‘Cats to within 11 points (38-27) at 4:19. That would be as close as NMU would get in the first half. FSU had 13 points off the bench in the half while NMU had two.
FSU had the game in control in the second half. About seven minutes into the half the Bulldogs had a 19-point lead. LaShawn Lambert made a layup and a three-point shot within a span of 50 seconds to make the score 62-48 at 11:55. NMU would then go about four minutes without a score, before Kelsey Deacon hit a jumper at 7:42 (67-50). NMU had the FSU lead down to 11 points with less than two minutes left in the game. Hillary Bowling made one of her two free throws for a 75-64 score. That would be the game for the ‘Cats.
Carroll led NMU with 16 points. Stoeger ended the game with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Deacon was the third member of the team to score 10 or more points as she ended the night with 12 points. Rachel Folcik led the Bulldogs with 16 points.
NMU ended the game shooting 36.9 percent from the floor (24-65). From the arc the ‘Cats were 5-24 (20.8 percent). Deacon accounted for two of the three-pointers. From the line, NMU was 13-15 (86.7 percent). NMU was out-rebounded by a 39-22 margin.
The ‘Cats will be back in action in an early Saturday (Jan. 26) game. NMU will face The University of Findlay at 11 a.m.
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