Huskies drop Bulldogs, 78-70

FSU women’s basketball struggles from the field in loss

BIG RAPIDS — After a loss, most basketball coaches point to a player from the other team or an unexpected scheme that did them in.

Ferris State women’s coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate didn’t point to anything that Michigan Tech did after the Huskies beat the Bulldogs 78-70 on Thursday night. Instead she pointed to something else.

TRAFFIC: Ferris State’s Katie Mavis (12) goes up for a shot attempt with a pair of Michigan Tech defenders surrounding her during GLIAC women’s basketball action at Jim Wink Arena on Thursday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

TRAFFIC: Ferris State’s Katie Mavis (12) goes up for a shot attempt with a pair of Michigan Tech defenders surrounding her during GLIAC women’s basketball action at Jim Wink Arena on Thursday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

“We were 21-of-67 from the floor…we got that many (shots) and they were all good shots, we just can’t make them,” Lamoreaux-Tate said. “I can’t put them in for them. It’s college level, you just have to get it done. I hope they put the puppies in Saturday, because that’s why we lost (Thursday). “

The Huskies jumped out to a quick 5-0 advantage but the Bulldogs would bite back, tying it up at 7-7 on a Sarah DeShone putback.

Dena Droste and April Watson had back-to-back Bulldog buckets in the early going to give Ferris State a four-point lead. From there both sides battled to the 10:00 mark as both offenses slowed down with the Bulldogs holding onto a 23-17 lead. That’s when the shots stopped falling for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State went scoreless for almost four minutes, missing free throws, layups and jumpers. The lull in offense gave the Huskies a 26-25 leadwith 6:30 to play in the first half.

As the Bulldogs started to find their shot again, the lead went back and forth as time ticked down before the half with buckets by Hannah Hoffman and Droste, giving the Bulldogs a 40-37 advantage heading into halftime.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they once again succumbed to their curse that turns a halftime lead into an eventual loss.

Both teams alternated baskets to open the second half, but the Huskies pushed the lead to 64-57 after a drawn-out run with 6:04 to play.

Droste made things interesting down the stretch with back-to-back triples but the deficit was too wide for the Bulldogs to overcome as Michigan Tech knocked down free throws down the stretch and captured the 78-70 GLIAC win.

“I have no idea (what’s going wrong). I have no idea what to say to them at half,” Lamoreaux-Tate said. “I tried every avenue but bottom line, we weren’t shooting well from the floor and we missed those puppies. Every little shot, every everything, we just can’t put it in.”

Droste led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points as DeShone and Katie Mavis each added 13. As a team the Bulldogs shot just 31.3 percent from the floor as they allowed nine Huskie 3-pointers in the loss. Four of Tech’s five starters reached double-digits, including a 19-point outing for Danielle Blake.

The loss is the third in a row for Ferris State and puts the Bulldogs at 6-11 overall and 6-9 in GLIAC play.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday at Jim Wink Arena against Northern Michigan University at 1 p.m.

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