Bulldogs upset Warriors, 85-77

FSU women beat the top team in the GLIAC North

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State Women’s basketball team needed two overtimes to beat Lake Superior State last Saturday, the bottom team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North division. On Thursday night, the Bulldogs needed just two halves to beat Wayne State, the No. 1 team in the GLIAC North and the 21st-ranked team in Division II.

IN THE POST: Ferris State’s Heidi Highstreet (32) tries to put up a shot past the outstretched arms of a Wayne State defender during GLIAC women’s basketball action on Thursday. FSU upset WSU, 85-77. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

IN THE POST: Ferris State’s Heidi Highstreet (32) tries to put up a shot past the outstretched arms of a Wayne State defender during GLIAC women’s basketball action on Thursday. FSU upset WSU, 85-77. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

The Bulldogs (8-13, 8-11 GLIAC) downed the visiting Warriors (19-5,16-4 GLIAC), 85-77.

Wayne State came out of the gates playing extremely physical, in-your-face defense on the Bulldogs. Hannah Hoffman scored a putback two for Ferris State, but Wayne State’s Shareta Brown answered with a 3-pointer to take an early 5-4 lead. The Bulldogs answered by driving to the rim throughout the first half, but an outside shot gave the lead back to Ferris on a triple from Katie Mavis.

The Bulldogs pushed out to a 17-10 lead, but the Warriors fought back with back-to-back and-one plays from Brown which would eventually give the Warriors a 30-25 lead with 5:10 left in the first half. After another Mavis 3-pointer the Warriors still had a 41-35 advantage heading into halftime.

“My girls scared me the first half, going down six into halftime,” FerrisState coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate said. “Usually our first half is our good one. I was kind of nervous at half but I told them that we were making not-smart mistakes. We weren’t guarding Wayne the way we should. So we corrected it. In the second half we switched defenses and it seemed to slow Wayne down and then our bench came off and everybody just really did their job.”

The second half started out sloppy for both sides, but the Warriors forged ahead to a nine-point lead. The Bulldogs went on a quick run and after a Sarah DeShone 3-pointer, it was a two-point contest. A layup from Kara Hess in transition tied things up at 10:30.

With a one-point lead Hess was able to intercept a deep pass from Brown, which Lamoreaux-Tate said was the turning point of the contest.

“The turning point was when Kara Hess got that long pass steal,” she said. “That was a turning point because we practiced that. (Brown) gets the rebound, and fires it down the court left handed. She got one off but we were ready for it. When Kara got that steal it seems like everyone was lifted.”

The Bulldogs battled to a 65-62 lead on a jumper from Dena Droste and a hoop-and-the-harm and-one play for DeShone gave Ferris a four-point lead. On the next possession Mavis hit a clutch 3-pointer as the shot clock expired which forced the Warriors to foul. From there the Bulldogs coasted to the 85-77 win.

“Our people seem to know their roles now, it seems like things are clicking,” Lamoreaux-Tate said. “We had four in double figures and you aren’t even talking about all starters. I really liked that we were still in the game with Dena and Sarah at one point and zero points early on. All the other girls stepped up.”

DeShone led the Bulldogs with 16 points while Destiny Robinson chipped in 14, April Watson added 12 and Mavis contributed 11 in the conference win.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday at Saginaw Valley State at 5 p.m.

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