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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team resumes action with three games on a trip to California following the holiday break. FSU opens the trek by visiting Cal-State Dominguez Hills Friday, Dec. 28, for a 8:30 p.m. (EST) non-league outing in Carson, Calif. FSU will then visit Cal-State San Bernardino on Saturday, Dec. 29, before concluding the trip at Azusa Pacific on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31).
Media Coverage: There will be no Ferris State radio/webcast coverage available for the three games. For more information on audio, video and in-game “live stats” coverage and to locate available links for the games, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on 2007-08 internet event schedule.
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door on gameday at each respective facility location.
About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Next Home Game: The Bulldogs’ next home contest at Jim Wink Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, when FSU hosts Wayne State for a 6 p.m. (EST) GLIAC outing in Big Rapids, Mich. Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour prior to tipoff.
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed second among other schools receiving votes in this week’s (Dec. 18) USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned 19 points. No GLIAC schools were listed in the top 25 poll.
FSU Drops Thriller: Ferris State gave nationally sixth-ranked Drury (Mo.) all it could handle Thursday (Dec. 20) evening, but the Panthers scored the game-winning basket with 1.9 seconds remaining to beat the Bulldogs 66-64 in a Great Lakes Region tilt at Springfield, Mo. Drury took a 37-27 halftime lead before FSU rallied back to outscore the Panthers 37-29 in the final half. However, DU's Becky Flippin hit the game-winning basket on a drive to the hoop with less than two seconds left to seal the victory and snap FSU's six-game winning streak this campaign. Ferris was led by senior forward Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney Nadeau), who was limited to 11 points in the game, but also had a game-high 16 rebounds. Junior forward Jenna Guay (Escanaba) netted 10 points for FSU. Ferris held a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the game, but also had 26 turnovers compared to only 14 for Drury. The contest was a rematch of last year's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game won by Drury.
Another Road Win: Ferris State used a strong second half performance to register its sixth-straight win of the season with a 85-76 GLIAC triumph over Lake Superior State last Saturday (Dec. 15) afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed slightly 38-36 at halftime, but outscored the host Lakers 49-38 in the final period to notch the victory. Rachel Folcik had yet another outstanding offensive performance for the Bulldogs with a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Big Exhibition Win: The Bulldogs toppled NCAA Division I Central Michigan in exhibition play (Nov. 1) by registering a convincing 83-61 victory over the Chippewas at CMU's Rose Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Hot shooting and solid defense proved lethal as the Bulldogs connected on 51.8% (29-56) from the floor while holding Central Michigan to a 26.7% (23-86) success rate in field goals. Rachel Folcik led all scorers with 25 points and also in rebounds by grabbing 14 boards. Ferris raced out to a 17-point (39-22) halftime lead and never looked back.
Last Campaign: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from one of the most successful seasons in school history. Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever last season, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to last year had never won a NCAA Tournament game, recorded back-to-back wins in their first two national tournament contests en route to the regional runner-up finish. Ferris also compiled a second-place tying 13-5 GLIAC regular-season finish and earned the program's eighth consecutive GLIAC Tournament bid.
This Season: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. FSU’s roster this season also includes seven freshmen, six of whom are new to the program as true freshmen.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tenth-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 165-99 (.625) career record at Ferris State. A 1996 graduate of Western Michigan, she guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance during the 1999-00 campaign. She spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan College (1994-97) and one season at Indianapolis (1997-98). She also directed FSU to an NCAA Tourney berth in 2003-04 before last season’s run to the Sweet Sixteen.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2007-08 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: FSU women’s basketball (GLIAC games only) will be carried live this season through a partnership with Bulldog Radio, a registered student organization on the Ferris campus. The station can be heard locally on television Channel 21 both via on-campus cable and Charter Communications in Mecosta County. A live 24-hour webcast of the signal is also available at www.bulldogradio.org. A link is also available on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (under Bulldog Webcasts).
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.
GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris’ Rachel Folcik received this week's (Dec. 17) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor, which represents the second time this year and eighth time in her career she's claimed the league weekly distinction. Folcik, who previously earned the award this campaign three weeks ago (Nov. 26), led the Bulldogs to their sixth consecutive victory of the season at Lake Superior State (Dec. 15). The 6-1 Folcik posted a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the victory. She made eight-of-13 (.615) field goal attempts and hit 10-of-11 (.909) free throws in recording her fifth double-double effort this year. Folcik's recognition also represented the eighth time she's earned the honor in her career. She attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded in 2006-07.
Nothing New For FSU: A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior Jenna Guay claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor following her performance in the season-opening Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney (Nov. 16-17) prior to Folcik receiving the same award twice this year.
The Coaching Staff: The Bulldogs have a new full-time assistant coach this season in Crystal Harris, who played collegiate basketball at the University of California-Riverside. She also has professional playing experience and replaced former assistant coach Justin Rees, who landed a NCAA Division I assistant coaching position at Maine in August. Coach Dorow’s father, Rick Bloodworth, returns for his second season as a volunteer assistant coach following a lengthy tenure as a junior college coach at Lake Michigan College from 1987 to 2006.
Bulldog Bites: FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason ............... The Bulldogs are currently midst a seven-game road swing .... Both of FSU’s losses this year have came to nationally top-six ranked D2 teams ............. Ferris has currently won 15 of its last 19 games dating back to last season ........ FSU will play four of its first five games during the month of January at home inside Jim Wink Arena ...... Junior forward Caitlin Hutchison’s (Riverview) 25 points at Lake Superior State bested her previous career-high of 16 points recorded in this season’s initial game (11/16) at Quincy (Ill.).
The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2007-08 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen. Seven of the 15 players are guards while the remaining eight are frontcourt players. Fourteen of the 15 players on the roster hail from Michigan. Rachel Folcik and junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) are serving as the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 24). The poll was chosen for the first time in league history by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Grand Valley State and Gannon to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. In addition to the poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was among five individuals named to the North Division team and also chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Climbing The List: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks seventh in school history with 1,356 career points and is only 365 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (19.7 ppg) and rebounder (10.2 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in eight of nine contests while posting six 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 in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. 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 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Women’s Basketball College Division Second Team pick, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double performances.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 418-424 (.496) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament and
recorded the nation’s highest grade point average in 1999-2000. FSU, which claimed GLIAC Tourney runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons.
Scouting The Opponents: ....... Cal-State Dominguez Hills owns a 6-2 overall record and is 1-1 overall in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) action under 20th-year head coach Van Girard. The Toros were 16-11 overall last year and are led by senior guard Brigayle Iglehart (15.8 ppg.) ........... Cal-State San Bernardino is presently 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA this year. The Coyotes are currently 4-0 at home this season and posted a 17-11 mark in 2006-07. Head coach Kevin Becker is now in his 12th year at the helm. The team’s leading scorer is senior center Vanessa Wilt (20.6 ppg.) ........ Finally, Azusa Pacific is an NAIA-member school and currently ranked seventh in the NAIA National Rankings. The Cougars presently are 9-1 overall and 3-0 in Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) play this year. Head coach T.J. Hardeman’s squad is 6-0 at home this season and was 24-8 overall last year. Senior forward Abby Johnson is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game ....... Note: The Bulldogs are the next action for both CSDH and CSSB. Azusa Pacific will play two neutral site games (Dec. 28-29) prior to facing FSU.
Series Information: The Bulldogs have never faced Cal-State Dominguez Hills, Cal-State San Bernardino or Azusa Pacific entering the trip to California ...... Ferris has never faced a team from California in game action ..... FSU played two games in Turlock, California, in the 1997-98 season and defeated both South Dakota State (64-56) and Montana State-Billings (70-63) at the Cal-State Stanislaus Warrior Tournament (11/28-29).