Ferris women prevail

BIG RAPIDS — It’s never easy coming off a game with Grand Valley State University.

But this was the job for Ferris State’s women basketball team in this Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game with Davenport on Saturday.

Alexis Bush scored 18 points and had seven rebounds, Jaylynn Brumfield added 16 points and seven boards and Shaniya Huggins had 14 points and nine assists in leading Ferris (7-5, 4-2) over Davenport (4-9, 2-4) 83-77.

Ferris lost a tough game to national power Grand Valley, 76-61, on Thursday.

“We struggled offensively,” FSU junior guard Riley Blair said. “We did a really good job of showing our resiliency and powering through. We were happy with our performance against Grand Valley and wanted to take that momentum into this game.”

The Bulldogs shot 17-of-29 for 58.6 percent from the floor in the first half while Davenport was 13-of-35 for 37.1 percent. The Bulldogs were up 22-16 after the first quarter and led 41-31 at halftime.

Blair netted a jumper with 3:53 left in the third for a 53-41 lead.

Ferris was up 60-51 after the third quarter. Brayenne Brenner scored inside for a 68-59 lead midway in the fourth.

It went down to the wire with Davenport cutting Ferris’ lead to 70-67 with 2:50 to play on Haley Gibbons’ basket.

Freshman Jaylynn Brumfield hit two straight baskets to give Ferris a 74-67 cushion. Gibbons scored off a steal for a 76-69 lead with 49 seconds to play.

Davenport wouldn’t go away and Martyna Piro scored with 35.7 seconds to play for a 77-73. Alexis Bush sank two free throws at 0:34.9 for a 79-73 lead. She hit two more with 26.8 seconds to play for an 81-75 score.

“Jaylynn Brumfield really stepped up,” Ferris coach Kendra Faustin said. “Alexis Bush is a senior and a veteran, and leading our squad on the court.”

Davenport was led by Amanda Merz with 22 points.

“We’d like to be consistent for a whole 40 minutes. Like the coach said, ‘a win’s a win’ and we’ll learn from this,” Blair said. “We’ll get better from this. We’ll take the win.”

FSU is at Michigan Tech on Thursday.

 

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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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