Lakers win big over Bulldogs to avenge a string of close losses

Photo Courtesy Sam Downs/ LSSU Public Relations
Photo Courtesy Sam Downs/ LSSU Public Relations
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SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State, a victim of three consecutive close losses in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball games, cruised to a 72-59 victory over Ferris State Thursday at Bud Cooper Gymnasium.

The Lakers (4-11 overall, 2-6 GLIAC) made 24-of-47 field-goal attempts, hitting a season-high field-goal percentage of 51 percent in GLIAC play. Val Meissner and Mackenzie Edwards were a combined 10-of-21 from the field and scored 17 points each to lead LSSU. Meissner also made 5-of-8 three-point attempts.

LSSU entered the game with only one GLIAC win and had lost three in a row by an average of 5.0 points. Meissner scored nine points and Edwards seven as the Lakers stormed to a 25-11 first-quarter lead. They extended the lead to 39-23 at halftime.

Lake Superior State's biggest lead was 18 points. Ferris State (3-11 overall, 2-6 GLIAC) cut it to 11 points, 61-50, with 2:41 remaining. Claire Radtke, who finished with 14 points, killed the Bulldogs' momentum with a three-pointer at 2:17.

LSSU made 10 three-pointers in its third straight game and was 15-of-25 at the free-throw line. Meissner, Edwards and Radtke combined for 14 assists. Edwards, Radtke and Tamara Novic had two steals each.

Rachel McInerney of Ferris State led all scorers with 29 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds. Riley Blair finished with 12 points. Ferris State shot 34.5 percent from the field, including 1-of-9 from three-point range, and made 20-of-22 free throws. The Bulldogs held a 36-31 rebounding edge.

Lake Superior State plays host to Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. Saturday.