FSU Upsets NU To Advance To GLIAC Semifinals

Ferris' Becci Houdek handles the ball in a game this year at Michigan Tech (Photo Courtesy MTU)
Becci Houdek

The third time was the charm for the Ferris State University women's basketball squad as the Bulldogs pulled out a 73-68 road win over Northwood in the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Tuesday (March 3) night at the Bennett Sports Center in Midland, Mich.

The Bulldog women will advance to the GLIAC Semifinals on Friday, March 6, to take on top-seeded host Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. (EST) with fourth-seeded Grand Valley State taking on number two seed Hillsdale in the 7 p.m. (EST) nightcap. The championship game is slated for Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m. (EST).

FSU, which had dropped two games to the Timberwolves this season including one on the road in Midland last Thursday (Feb. 26), picked up the win with assistant coach Crystal Harris directing the squad on the bench.

Senior forward/center Ashley Fleming led four Bulldog players in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Senior guard Teghan Thelen added 12 points, senior forward/center Jenna Guay chipped in with 11 points and senior guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison netted 10 points as all four Bulldog seniors reached double-digits to extend their careers.

Sixth-seeded FSU shot 43% for the game and limited number three seed NU to 32% shooting to beat the Timberwolves for the 26th time in the last 29 meetings.

NU was paced by Jodi Ostergren, who totaled 21 points. Megan Starnes added 17 points and both Pam Wilson and Sarah Glowacki finished with 11 points.

Ferris State improved to 13-14 overall with the win while the Timberwolves fell to 21-7 on the year and now must wait to see if they advance to the NCAA-II Tournament next week.

FSU owned a 47-35 rebounding edge and dished out 20 assists in the game.

Ferris turned the all over 23 times in the game, but made seven-of-19 (36.8%) three-pointers and hit 18-of-21 (85.7%) free throws.

Meanwhile, NU managed to make only four-of-17 (23.5%) three-pointers and was 18-of-19 (94.7%) at the free throw line.

Ferris also received a big aid from its bench as the Bulldog reserves tallied 18 points and Northwood did not receive any scoring other than from its five starters.

The Bulldogs shot 53% (16-30) in the second half after taking a four-point (23-19) halftime edge despite shooting only 31% in the first frame. NU made only four-of-32 (12.5%) field goal tries in the first half of action.