FSU women fall to Eagles

BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris State University women’s basketball squad squared off against the number one team in the country on Saturday and competed well much of the way before falling to the Ashland Eagles by a 96-74 count at the Big Rapids High School gymnasium.

The nation’s top-ranked Eagles led the entire way, but owned only a 46-34 halftime lead against the Bulldogs in a highly-competitive first half of action. Ashland, though, proved to be too much in the end as they used a big third quarter spurt to push the lead to 20 plus points en route to the victory.

Ferris State kept the game close early as both junior center Rachel McInerney and redshirt freshman guard Riley Blair had strong opening halves. Blair finished with a team-high 19 points in the game while McInerney added 16 points in the losing cause.

The Eagles received a strong performance from standout forward Laina Snyder, who tallied a game-high 22 points and also came up with six rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals.

Along with Snyder, Ashland’s Julie Worley totaled 18 points off the bench while Andi Daugherty posted 15 points and Kelsey Peare scored 10 for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent overall and went 3-of-9 from three-point range along with 19-of-26  at the line in the game. Meanwhile, the Eagles shot at a 46.1 percent clip and hit 9-of-27 three’s in addition to 17-of-21 free throws.

Ashland managed to out-rebound the Bulldogs 38-32 for the afternoon, which included 17 offensive boards to eight for the Bulldogs, leading to a 19-5 edge in second chance production.

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