FSU women’s basketball upends Tiffin Dragons, 77-51

FSU scores 51 points in the first half to win first home contest of the season

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State women’s basketball team finally got a taste of home cooking on Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs defeated the Tiffin Dragons, 77-51, in the Bulldogs’ home opener.

PIVOT: Ferris State’s Katie Mavis (left) turns towards the basket against Tiffin on Sunday. FSU won, 77-51. (Pioneer photo/Brady Kenniston)

PIVOT: Ferris State’s Katie Mavis (left) turns towards the basket against Tiffin on Sunday. FSU won, 77-51. (Pioneer photo/Brady Kenniston)

The Bulldogs started the contest on a 7-0 run with an old-fashioned three-point play by junior guard Katie Mavis to force a Tiffin timeout in the early going.

The Dragons finally got on the board at the 16:36 mark on a pair of free throws, but the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 10 points with free throws from Mavis to give FSU a 19-9 edge with 11:40 left in the opening half.

Tiffin’s offense started to pick up, but the Bulldogs answered with a 3-pointer from senior guard Ashley Rando to keep the big lead.

Rando’s triple got the Bulldog offense moving, with sophomore guard Ally Christman knocking down two treys, but while the Bulldogs shined on offense, their defense was even better, converting 12 first-half Tiffin turnovers into 17 points.

“I started the season saying that we had the firepower, and now I’ve simplified the defense that we’ve just been working on man-to-man. We’ve been concentrating so much on the man-to-man,” FSU women’s coach Colleen
Lamoreaux-Tate said. “It seemed to have worked and our biggest focus is to draw the momentum from defense to our offense.”

The Bulldogs kept things rolling, shooting 19-for-35 from the field in the opening half to Tiffin’s 5-for-29, to take a 51-24 lead into the locker room.

Tiffin scored back-to-back baskets to open the second half as the Bulldog offense struggled to score, scoring its first points at the 15:30 mark on two free throws from Rando.

With just over 10 minutes to play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup, both offenses slowed down with the Bulldogs on top, 55-34.

Christman added another 3-pointer with 7:25 to play and junior guard Destiney Robinson got a baseline runner to fall and completed a three-point play at the 2:58 mark to seal the win for the Bulldogs, who took the GLIAC contest, 77-51.

The Bulldogs had four scorers in double-digits, with Christman leading the way with 14 points on 3-for-5 shooting from three, while Mavis added 13 points, Rando added 12 and Robinson contributed 11.

“We got a lot of playing time and good rotations,” Lamoreaux-Tate said. “We have a lot of guards that needed to get in double figures to get their momentum and confidence and our posts are so unselfish that they were just controlling the boards and they are just so good at popping it back out (to the guards).”

The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 GLIAC) play again on Thursday on the road against Lake Erie.

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