Tech women slip past Ferris 80-77

Ferris State’s Shaniya Huggins (11) makes a move to the basket. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — One of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s top North Division women’s basketball teams came to Wink Arena on Thursday but Ferris State took Michigan Tech down to the wire.

Rachel McInerney scored 30 points and had 16 rebounds for Ferris but it wasn’t enough in a 80-77 loss to the Huskies.

Michigan Tech brought a 12-2 record overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC into the game. Ferris was 8-7 overall but 2-5 in the league.

“It was a tough one to lose, that’s for sure.” McInerney said. “I thought we played really well.”

The Bulldogs showed they meant business from the start with early leads including 18-15 after the first quarter and 41-36 at halftime. McInerney had 17 points in the first half with 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

As a team, Ferris shot 15-of-29 from the floor in the first half for 51.7 percent while Tech was 14-of-40 for 35 percent.

Ferris entered the fourth quarter with a 65-58 advantage. Alexis Bush drove for a 69-62 FSU lead at 7:34.

McInerney scored inside at 5:15 and Leah Humes followed moments later with a layup off a steal for a 73-66 lead. Tech followed with a 6-0 run with Brenna Heise’s two free throws cutting it to 73-72 at 2:45. McInerney followed with a putback at the other end.

The game was tied 76-76 with less than a minute to play. Heise drove for a layup and 78-76 lead with 30.5 seconds to go. Ferris called time out and set up a play. Elizabeth Kelliher blocked Bush’s drive to the basket. The Bulldogs still had the ball with 20.7 seconds to go. McInerney was fouled with 7.8 seconds to play. She made the first foul shot and missed the second but Renee Sturm was fouled going for the ball. She missed both foul shots and Kelliher rebounded.

Lindsay Winter was fouled with 6.1 seconds to go and hit both free throws. Bush’s 3-point shot at the buzzer hit off the rim and the game ended.

“We made it tough for their guards to do anything,” Ferris coach Kendra Faustin said. “They have two of the best guards in the conference.”

Riley Blair had 11 points for Ferris. McInerney was 12-of-19 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line.

“Rachel’s a special player,” Faustin said. “Leah Humes came in the second half and made some big plays.”

Heise led Tech with 19 points.

Ferris is home Saturday against Northern Michigan at 3 p,m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

McBain NMC 63, Pine River 33

LEROY — Kaylee Goodman led the Bucks with 14 points and Logan Powell added seven while Taylor Hill chipped in with 10 rebounds. The Bucks trailed 32-23 at halftime.
Pine River (4-5) hosts CCA on Wednesday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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