Ferris State women’s team rolls to 94-78 win over Purdue Northwest

fSU guard Lexi Bush sets up the offense during Thursday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Senior guard Lexi Bush and the Ferris State women’s basketball team were looking for a strong start to Thursday’s game against Purdue Northwest.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the game and went on to win 94-78 at Jim Wink Arena.

“I really appreciated the way we started the game,” head coach Kendra Faustin said. “We set the tone.”

Bush led the team with 22 points (6-of-8 on 3-pointers) and dished out nine assists.

“Lexi is a veteran,” Faustin said. “She has consistently played well on the offensive end. I thought we moved the ball well and shared the ball well.”

Breyenne Benner tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks and Riley Blair had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Adrienne Anderson had 16 points and seven assists.

The Pride were able to cut Ferris’ lead to two (41-39) in the second quarter before a 13-0 Bulldogs run to put the game away for good. Ferris had a 54-41 halftime lead and led by as many as 21 in the game.

“I thought we weathered their run in the first half,” Faustin said. “In the second I thought we set the tone well. We’d go on a big run and then they’d go on a little run and we’d respond with another big run.”

The Bulldogs tallied 31 assists to 20 turnovers and added 15 steals in the game. Ferris State had 33 points off turnovers compared to Purdue Northwest’s 16.

Ferris State’s defense held the Pride to 35 percent shooting. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent for the game.

The Bulldogs (8-7,5-4) host Wisconsin-Parkside at 1 p.m. Saturday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Lake City 60, Pine River 20

LAKE CITY — The Trojans jumped out to a 34-11 halftime lead and went on to beat the Bucks.

Taylor Hill led the Bucks with eight points and three steals and Havannah Wagner added five steals.

The Bucks (0-9, 0-5) host Clare on Tuesday.

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