The Ferris State University women's basketball team kept its season alive as the Bulldogs upset second-seeded Michigan Tech 67-57 in the quarterfinal-round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Wednesday (Feb. 28) night in Houghton.
The Bulldogs went point for point with the Huskies until the final quarter when they increased their advantage to 10 points and held on to move into the GLIAC Semifinals on Sautrday (March 3), which will be held in Ashland, Ohio.
Ferris State was led by its senior class as veteran guard Leah Humes had 19 points in the victory while senior center Rachel McInerney had 16 points along with 14 rebounds in a double-double showing. FSU also got 13 points from freshman guard Shaniya Huggins in the triumph.
FSU led by two points at the end of the first quarter and held a five-point lead at halftime before also outscoring MTU in each of the final two periods of action.
Overall, the Bulldogs made 27-of-53 (50.9%) field goals and went 1-of-3 (33.3%) from three-point range along with 12-of-25 (48%) at the free throw stripe in the victory over MTU.
In addition to McInerney's 14 boards, the Bulldogs got 11 from Brayene Benner off the bench while owning a 48-33 edge over the Huskies on the glass.
Overall, FSU limited MTU to 32.8% shooting with the Huskies going five-of-24 (20.8%) from three-point range and eight-of-12 (66.7%) at the line.
Elizabeth Kelliher paced Michigan Tech with 17 points while the Huskies also got 11 points from Kelli Guy and 10 by Brenna Heise.
Ferris State finished with seven steals and seven blocks in the win go go with 17 turnovers. Meanwhile, MTU had six assists and three blocks with 10 turnovers overall.
The Bulldogs were making their first GLIAC Postseason appearance since 2013 and the 15 wins to date for FSU are the school's most since 2012.
Ferris State will face archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (March 3) in the GLIAC Semifinals with tipoff set for 4 p.m. (ET) at AU's Kates Gymnasium. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Ashland versus Northwood at 2 p.m. with the winners meeting in Sunday's title game.