Ferris State basketball prepares for road trip to Lake Superior State

The Ferris women’s team will face LSSU at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bud Cooper Gymnasium, while the men’s team tips off at 3 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Ferris State Athletics)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare to head to Sault Ste. Marie for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader against the Lake Superior State Lakers this Saturday (Dec. 16) at Bud Cooper Gymnasium.

The women’s contest will tipoff first at 1 p.m. (ET) and will then be followed by a top-25 showdown as the #5 Bulldogs take on the #18 Lakers at 3 p.m. (ET). This week, the men’s game has been tabbed as one of the Division II “Games of the Week.”

The team is averaging 83.7 points per game and is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. They are averaging nearly 25 points more per game this season than in 2016-17.

The team is led in scoring by senior center Rachel McInerney at 16.7 points per game. Junior guard Riley Blair is second on the team with 10.4 points per game and freshman Kelsey Wyman is third on the team with 10 per game.

With the loss, the women are now 6-4 on the season and 1-3 in GLIAC play. They also currently are 1-2 on the road.

LSSU is still searching for its first victory of the season as the Lakers enter the tilt 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the GLIAC.

The men meanwhile, are coming off a dominant 81-45 (Dec. 9) triumph against GLIAC foe Saginaw Valley State.

Junior center Zach Hankins led FSU with a game-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and five blocked shots. The squad also received help from junior forward Markese Mayfield, who had 13 points, in addition to 10 points off the bench from redshirt freshman Jaylin McFadden.

The Bulldogs also forced 17 turnovers on the afternoon and outscored the Cardinals 24-3 in points off those turnovers. The team also dominated in the paint with 50 points compared to only 18 for the Cardinals.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now 12-0 on the season. This represents the first time in the nearly 100 years of Ferris State Basketball that the Bulldogs have won their first 12 games, which tops the 1972-73 team which started 11-0 overall.

The team is averaging nearly 84 points per game and is shooting 50 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by senior guard Drew Cushingberry, who is averaging 14.8 points per game. Junior center Zach Hankins is second on the team with 12.8 points per game and senior forward Noah King is third with 12.4 points per game.

Lake Superior State’s men’s basketball team is currently 9-1 overall and is also 4-0 in conference play. The Lakers are coming into Saturday’s matchup having won their last six games. The Lakers are currently nationally ranked 18th in the NABC Coaches poll.

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