Huskies take large bite out of Bulldogs, 72-37, Thursday

HOUGHTON — Offensive rebounding was the name of the game for the Michigan Tech Huskies women’s basketball team on Thursday night. The Huskies poured in 22 points on offensive rebounds alone in a 72-37 victory over the Ferris State Bulldogs.

“That was the story of the game,” said Huskies coach Sam Hoyt as her team moved to 9-6 overall and 5-2 in GLIAC play.

In comparison, the Bulldogs had just one point off their offensive boards.

The first two quarters were the tale of two teams as the Huskies came out strong and took the lead right away and poured in 19 points by the end of the first to make the score 19-12. However, in the second quarter, they only had seven points. Fortunately, held a 26-23 lead at the midway point.

“We were forcing up quick shots and we were just not taking our time with the ball,” said Hoyt. “We were taking one-pass shots. I told them at half to work the ball around better to create shots for us.”

The Huskies of the first quarter returned in the third and the fourth as they outscored Ferris State 46-14 in the last two periods.

Cassidy Trotter again led the scoring charge for the Huskies with 18 points. Hannah Hobson followed with 14 points and Abbie Botz had 13 along with 13 rebounds for a double-double.

“I am so happy for Cassie,” said Hoyt. “Her shot is finally falling and that’s going to make a huge difference for us. She made three threes and it’s great to see that.”

She was also pleased with the play of her team’s defense and noted that a strong defense feeds an good offense. They out-rebounded the Bulldogs 57-29.

“To hold them to 37 points says a lot about our defense,” said Hoyt. “When you get stops on defense, it takes the momentum from the other team and that helps offensively as it gives you more energy to push the ball after a big stop.”

The win against Ferris State was the Huskies’ second in a row and the Hoyt noted that her team is growing.

“We are building off of each win,” she said. “Our confidence is growing as the girls are playing well together. However, just because we have won two games, it isn’t that big. We still have to work hard and come with our game face on each and every night.”

The Huskies will face the Lake Superior Lakes on Saturday afternoon at the SDC.