MSU's Ferris caps off fantastic career


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana State women's basketball team fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to the University of Washington, but one Bobcats player stole the show on the big stage.

Senior forward Peyton Ferris scored a game-high 33 points, tying her career-high, in Saturday's 91-63 loss to the Huskies in Seattle.

The Big Sky regular season and conference tournament Most Valuable Player connected on 10 of 28 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers.

The Twin Bridges native also went 10 of 12 from the free throw line and pulled down seven rebounds, while adding two steals and an assist.

What might be most impressive is that Ferris finished with more points in the game than the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history, Washington's Kelsey Plum, who finished with 29 points for the Huskies.

Ferris finished her career on a high note, and the outstanding performance in the NCAA Tournament helped cement her legacy as one of the best Bobcats of all time.

Ferris holds both the single-season and single-game records for field goal percentage. She shot 58 percent as a junior in 2015-16, including the record 94.1-percent performance on 16 of 17 shooting against Weber State on Feb. 25, 2016.

She made 218 field goals as a senior this season, which ranks sixth in school history.

Ferris also has the second highest single-season points total with 576 this season, and her average of 18 points per game this season ranks ninth on the single season all-time list.

She also made 117 free throws, which ranks sixth on the MSU single-season list, and her 116 makes from the charity stripe as a junior is tied for seventh.

Ferris also frequents the Montana State career records list.

Her 1,318 points is 10th all-time, while her 592 rebounds ranks 14th in school history. She is just the 12th Bobcat women's basketball player in history to score 1,000 career points and pull down 500 career rebounds.

Ferris made 304 career free throws, which ranks sixth all-time at MSU, and her career field goal percentage of 49.6 percent also ranks sixth in school history.

These incredible numbers earned her plenty of hardware over the course of her career.

Ferris became just the seventh Big Sky Conference MVP in Montana State history as a senior and was named First Team All-Big Sky after leading the Bobcats to their second straight regular-season conference title.

She then was named the Big Sky Conference Tournament MVP and to the All-Big Sky Tournament Team after leading the Cats to their first conference championship -- and automatic NCAA Tournament bid -- in 24 years.

Ferris is the only MSU player to win the Big Sky Conference Reserve of the Year Award, winning it twice as a sophomore (2014-15) and a junior (2015-16).

She was also named Second Team All-Big Sky as a junior, as the Bobcats won the regular season conference title outright.