Ferris women come up short against Lake Superior State in 58-54 battle

POST-UP: Ferris freshman Renee Sturm backs down her defender during Thursday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

POST-UP: Ferris freshman Renee Sturm backs down her defender during Thursday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Leah Humes scored a team-high 16 points as Ferris State fell to Lake Superior State 58-54 Thursday at Jim Wink Arena.

Junior forward Rachel McInerney had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-18, 4-13) and Alexis Bush and Riley Blair scored seven points apiece.

Lake Superior State’s Tamara Novic led all scorers with 18 points and added 10 rebounds for the Lakers (5-19, 3-14).

The Bulldogs only shot 30 percent from the field in the first half but were able to keep the game close, trailing 19-21 at halftime.

Ferris’ shooting struggles continued in the third as the Bulldogs shot 4-of-14 from the field. The Lakers led by as many as nine and took a 36-30 lead into the fourth.

The light came on offensively for the Bulldogs, who were able to keep pace by attacking the basket and drawing fouls. On defense, they utilized their press to great success.

Down 43-47 with under two minutes to play, Joslyn Nicholson deflected a Laker pass which Humes was able to corral. Humes cruised to the basket for an easy lay-up to pull the Bulldogs within two.

“Defensively, they were phenomenal,” FSU coach Kendra Faustin said. “Brayenne Benner had a great game defensively. She was in the front of that press.
“They had a hard time with it.”

The Lakers seemingly had an answer for every Bulldogs basket down the stretch.

A Humes 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining made it a 56-52 game. After the Lakers made two free throws, Bush was able to get to the basket for a lay-up to pull the Bulldogs within two before the Lakers made two more free throws to ice the game.

“Down the stretch, I think we mounted a great comeback,” Faustin said. “We did a great job executing. I thought we should have had a few more steals towards the end. I think that makes the difference.”

While the end result wasn’t the desired outcome, the Bulldogs hope to take the positives from their strong fourth quarter and apply them to Saturday’s road game aginst Northwood University.

For us to learn how to win, we have to compete,” Faustin said. “We have to do a better job of competing in games we’re supposed to win. If we played tonight how we played against Saginaw Valley, we’d have a different outcome.

“It’s learning to bring that every night, regardless of expectations.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pine River 46, McBain 35

LEROY — Julie Justin had 15 points, five assists and five steals as the Bucks defeated Ramblers at home.

Logan Powell added seven points and eight rebounds to pace a balanced Bucks attack that saw six players score six or more points.

The win moves the Bucks into a tie with the Ramblers for first place in the Highland Conference standings.

Pine River (14-2, 9-2) faces Clare on Tuesday.

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