Ferris State falls to MSU in opener

DRIVING: Ferris State's Sarah DeShone looks to drive to the basket against Michigan State. (Courtesy photo/Ferris State)

DRIVING: Ferris State’s Sarah DeShone looks to drive to the basket against Michigan State. (Courtesy photo/Ferris State)

EAST LANSING — Ferris State’s women’s basketball team jumped out to the early lead, but a big Michigan State run fueled the Spartans to a 100-52 exhibition win over the Bulldogs on Wednesday night at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

The preseason 18th-ranked NCAA Division I Spartans went on a 24-0 first half run after the Bulldogs had grabbed an early 8-4 lead to seize control in the second-ever matchup between the two schools.

Michigan State shot an impressive 52 percent from the three-point stripe while knocking down 13 treys and the bigger Spartan lineup owned a decisive 55-23 rebounding advantage in beating Ferris State in its preseason debut.

Ferris State used a pair of early layups from redshirt sophomore Dena Droste along with a basket from sophomore forward Christina Branch and a pair of free throws by two-time All-America senior guard Sarah DeShone in building the early lead. However, those were the only two points DeShone scored in the first half.

Following the early Bulldog edge, the Spartans got on a roll. Their 24-straight points opened up a 28-8 edge midway thru the opening period before they eventually took a 54-23 margin at the break. MSU hit five three-pointers in the 24-point run, including three by Tori Jankoska, who led all scorers in the contest with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting while making 5-of-10 from three.

The Bulldogs battled throughout the night and DeShone eventually caught fire in the second half as she finished with a team-high 18 points, which included a 4-of-7 effort from downtown. She was the lone Bulldog player to reach double-digits though with Michigan State placing five in double-figure scoring.

Besides Jankoska’s 27 points, the Spartans also received 18 points from Annalise Pickrel along with 13 by Aerial Powers and 10 each from Kiana Johnson and Klarissa Bell.

In addition to DeShone’s 18 points, Ferris State’s Kara Hess and Droste each contributed seven and newcomer April Watson chipped in with six points.

The Spartans’ rebounding advantage included 19 offensive boards, which led to an impressive 28-0 margin in second chance production for the game. MSU also outscored FSU 33-20 in points off turnovers despite the fact both squads had 20 apiece in the game.

Branch had eight rebounds to pace the Bulldogs on the glass in her first game back after a season-ending injury a year ago with both DeShone and senior Ashley Rando adding three each. DeShone also came away with a game-high four steals and added four assists in the setback. Sophomore guard Katie Mavis dished out a game-best five helpers off the bench for the Bulldogs, who totaled 12 assists on the night.

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