BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Sophomore Danielle Nennig scored a team-high 23 points which lead the way for the Purdue University Northwest women's basketball team to score their highest point total of the season but the Pride was unable to secure the victory against Ferris State in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup, 94-78 at Jim Wink Arena Thursday.
The Bulldogs (8-7, 5-4 GLIAC) led the Pride (2-13, 0-9 GLIAC) 54-41 at halftime then outscored PNW 40-37 in the second half.
Nennig (Wrightstown, Wis.) shot 8-13 (62%) from the field and 3-4 (75%) from three-point land for 23 points. Sophomore Tayler Vauters (Rockville, Ind./Riverton Parke) had a career-high 18 points and freshman Karissa Hucke (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) added a career best 13 points on 5-10 shooting (50%) off the bench.
After Ferris State started off the contest on a 17-5 run, PNW got within six (25-19) after making a 8-1 run capped off by a three-pointer by Vauters in the first quarter. The Bulldogs scored the next few baskets, but freshman Kelli Damman (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) nailed a trifecta to make it 31-25 with 9:04 left in the second quarter.
Hucke was able to find open space and hit a huge three-point jumper to cut it to 41-39 Ferris State with 3:50 left in the first half but unfournately that was the closest the Pride got until the break.
Back-to-back baskets by Nennig and Vauters made it a 10 point game (48-58) in the beginning stages of the third quarter.
PNW had one last fight in them after Nennig made a layup to make it a 13 point game (85-72) with 4:35 left to go before the Bulldogs closed out the game and won 94-78.
PNW returns to action Saturday, January 19 as the Pride head to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as they take on the Lake Superior State Lakers starting at 12 p.m. CT.