By Seth Vanderwest

KENT CITY–Kenzie Bowers has announced her transfer from Illinois State University to Ferris State University.

Bowers, a 2021 graduate of Kent City, played point guard off the bench last year and averaged 15.4 minutes per game for the Division 1 Redbirds. She contributed  2.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. She had a season-high 17 points on Dec. 1  and a season-high 11 rebounds on Feb. 4.

She helped the Redbirds to a 19-14 overall record and an NCAA tournament berth. The Redbirds finished 4th in the Mountain Valley Conference with a 12-6 conference record. In the NCAA tournament,

Bowers made Kent City history by signing with Illinois State University as the school’s first Division 1 signee. She is the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer 1,822 career points.

Bowers earned a host of individual and team accolades during her four years on varsity. She helped lead the Eagles to an 84-12 record over her 4 years with four conference and four district championships, twor egional titles, and a state runner-up trophy. 

Ferris State finished 22-10 overall last year. They finished second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-7 conference record behind D2 powerhouse

Grand Valley.

“I’ve been working on building up my confidence again by getting up lots of shots, working on my ball handling and making certain moves while going to the basket,” Bowers said. 

The closeness to home was a deciding factor in choosing Ferris. 

I was open to D1 and D2,” she said. “I just wanted whatever was gonna be the best fit. Now that I’ve been at college for a year, I felt like I knew even better what I was looking for. After visiting a few schools, I felt like Ferris was offering me the best future in both my basketball career, academics, and social life, and it felt like the perfect fit.”