RACHEL FOLCIK EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM HONORS
Senior Honored By ESPN The Magazine For Academic & Athletic Efforts
Senior All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) of the 2007-08 Ferris State University women’s basketball team has been recognized as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division selection. The announcement was made Wednesday (Feb. 27) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Folcik was the lone representative from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) or NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region school named to any of the three Academic All-America teams (first, second, third) selected in voting conducted by the nation's sports information directors. Six players were honored on the first team, the second team had four selections and the third team featured five student-athletes. Previously, Folcik attained ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team kudos to advance to the national ballot.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. The College Division consists of all schools outside of the NCAA Division I level of competition.
Folcik currently ranks second in school history with 1,682 career points and is only 39 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. The 6-1 Folcik, who was chosen as this year’s GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, currently has a school-record 667 career made field goals and is listed second with 779 rebounds all-time at Ferris State. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.4 rpg) despite missing the last two games with an injury. She's reached double-figure scoring in 24 of her 25 contests while posting 11 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts this campaign. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to both the All-GLIAC North Division and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams last year.
Folcik presently is second in the GLIAC in scoring (20.1 ppg.) along with third in both free throw percentage (.830) and rebounding (8.4 rpg.) to date. Nationally, she ranks 17th in scoring, according to the most recent NCAA-II National Statistics. She's totaled 80 double-figure scoring games in 111 career contests as a Bulldog player to date. Also, Folcik has scored 20 points or more 12 times in 2007-08 with three games of 30 points or more.
As a junior last season, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. Folcik’s 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The two-time team captain, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances. Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game last campaign. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIAC’s overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.
This year marks the 56th anniversary of the Academic All-America program, which was founded by CoSIDA in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the years, the program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports. This season marks ESPN The Magazine's fourth year of sponsoring the Academic All-America program, which was formerly endorsed by both GTE and Verizon.
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Folcik is the third FSU women's basketball player to achieve Academic All-America First Team recognition since 2001. Former Bulldog standout Debbie Killips received the same laurels in 2001-02 while DeMartin attained kudos in 2003-04. The 2007-08 campaign also represented the ninth consecutive season in which Ferris State had a women's basketball player named to either the Academic All-District IV First or Second Team. Folcik is also the third Bulldog student-athlete to be named to the Academic All-America First Team this school year as a pair of FSU football players, senior defensive end Erik Schumacher and junior defensive tackle Jake Visser, claimed gridiron recogntion last fall.
The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will visit Northwood for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinal Game on Saturday, March 1. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich. Tickets for the quarterfinal round will be sold at the door prior to game time.
Saturday's quarterfinal game will be carried live locally on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter Communications Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. In addition, a live audio and video webcast will be available courtesy of B2 Networks for a $6 pay-per-view charge. Please visit the FSU athletics website (www.ferris.edu/sports) and click on the B2 Networks icon for more information.
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