Early Start Fuels Ranked Chargers In GLIAC Tilt
Ashley Fleming Nationally seventh-ranked Hillsdale jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in cruising to a 88-64 victory over Ferris State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Thursday (Feb. 5) evening inside HC's Jesse Phillips Arena at Hillsdale, Mich.

The Chargers tallied the game's first 11 points and led 38-21 at halftime behind the play of All-America forward and reigning GLIAC Player of the Year Katie Cezat. She totaled 18 points in the first half on seven-of-12 shooting while HC forced 12 FSU miscues and limited the Bulldogs to 26.7% shooting in the initial period.

Cezat finished with a game-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds in a double-double effort as Hillsdale outscored Ferris 50-43 in the final period.

The Chargers led by as many as 25 points in the final half and Ferris could not trim the deficit to less than 13 minutes over the final 20 minutes.

In addition to Cezat, Janay Miller added 21 points and Chelsea Harrison totaled 10 points for Hillsdale, which improved to 18-2 overall and 13-2 in the GLIAC.

The Bulldogs had two players reach double-digits as Ashley Fleming netted 15 points and Teghan Thelen scored 11 points. FSU finished shooting 38.7% (24-62) from the floor and had 19 turnovers.

Meanwhile, the Chargers made 53.3% (32-60) of their field goal tries and sank seven-of-11 (63.6%) three-pointers to go with 17-of-21 (81%) free throws. HC also owned a 36-33 rebounding edge although the Bulldogs did grab 11 offensive boards.

Ferris was five-of-10 (50%) beyond the arc and 11-of-12 (91.7%) at the free throw line.

Hillsdale totaled 21 assists, 10 steals and four blocked shots while FSU had 15 assists, four steals and one block. The Chargers were able to outscore Ferris 28-13 off turnovers.

Ferris dropped to 6-13 overall and 4-11 in league play with the loss.

The Bulldogs conclude their four-game league road swing by taking on the Findlay Oilers Saturday (Feb. 7) afternoon in a 1 p.m. (EST) league tilt inside UF's Croy Gymnasium at Findlay, Ohio.