Ferris State senior looks to add more wins for women’s team

Rachel McInerney scored 30 points against Michigan Tech on Thursday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS – Rachel McInerney scored 30 points and had 16 rebounds in Ferris State’s 80-77 loss to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball power Michigan Tech at home on Thursday.

It was quite a night for the 6-1 senior forward. But she admits fewer individual stats and a team win would have been preferable.

“It’s a great personal effort,” she said. “But I’d rather have no points and a win.”

The Bulldogs are 8-8 overall and 2-6 in the GLIAC. They had Tech, 13-2 and 7-1, on the ropes until the Huskies, with better free-throw shooting (15-of-16), got the job done down the stretch.

“We have been at a different level,” McInerney said. “Were making changes, we’re growing and we’re getting better every single day.”

Thursday’s game was still among Ferris’ best efforts.

“Our defense was really good,” McInerney said. “We have to keep doing that and raise our level every day. This was a tough loss but gives us confidence, for sure.”

She entered Thursday’s contest averaging 15.8 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

McInerney earned All-GLIAC honors during the 2015-16 season and had 24 double-figure scoring games in her sophomore season. She had a career-high 32 points against Lake Superior State at Jim Wink Arena and averaged 15 points per contest and led team in scoring and rebounding.

The 6-1 McInerney led Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central High School to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class C State Championship in 2014 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. She had a standout contest in the state title game, finishing with 22 points, 23 rebounds and five blocked shots. As a senior all-stater, she averaged more than 14 points per game.

The Bulldogs are home 3 p.m. on Saturday against Northern Michigan.


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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