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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball squad hosts the Gannon Golden Knights Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 6 p.m. (EST) inside Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU then takes on the Mercyhurst Lakers Saturday, Jan. 19, with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) at Wink Arena. Both are Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests and will be the first game of a women’s and men’s league doubleheader.
Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live on Bulldog Radio, which can heard on television channel 21 via Charter Communications in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. In addition, a live video and audio webcast will be available for both contests through B2 Networks for a $6 fee and can be found on the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports (click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics will also be available via the FSU website.
Ticket Info: Tickets for all 2007-08 Ferris home basketball games are available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more info on home ticket sales.
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.
Hit The Road: Following Saturday’s game against Mercyhurst, the Bulldogs embark on their two longest GLIAC road trips in back-to-back weeks. FSU heads to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula next week for games at Northern Michigan (Jan. 24) and Michigan Tech (Jan. 26) before making a trek to Ohio the following week for contests at Ashland (Jan. 31) along with Findlay (Feb. 2). After the two trips, the Bulldogs will play four of their final six GLIAC games inside the confines of Wink Arena.
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed among other schools receiving votes in this week’s (Jan. 15) USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned 15 points. No GLIAC schools were listed in the top 25 poll although Michigan Tech, Hillsdale and Gannon also received votes.
Narrow Home Loss: The Northwood women's basketball team finally snapped a Bulldog jinx as the Timberwolves ended a 24-game series' losing streak by defeating Ferris 68-64 in league play this past Monday (Jan. 14) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Timberwolves took a 34-27 halftime lead and held on for its first win over FSU since posting a 78-74 home win on Feb. 25, 1995, in Midland, Mich. The setback was also the first in 20 meetings against the Timberwolves for 10th-year Bulldog head coach Tracey Dorow. Additionally, Monday's triumph marked only the fifth time since the two teams first met in 1979 that the Timberwolves beat Ferris on its home floor and it also represented the first-ever win at the new Jim Wink Arena for Northwood. Ferris previously had swept NU 11 consecutive years in GLIAC action. Ferris' three-game winning streak was halted as the Bulldogs fell to 10-5 overall this year with NU improving to an identical 10-5 on the season. The Northwood win came despite a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds from FSU senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau). Bulldog junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) chipped in 15 points but was the only other FSU player to reach double-figure scoring. The Timberwolves shot only 37.5% (24-64) from the floor in the triumph. However, they also forced 24 Bulldog turnovers and shot 15-of-18 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
Big Win Over GVSU: Ferris used a late run to topple archrival Grand Valley State 62-59 last Saturday (Jan. 12) evening inside the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed by five, 59-54, with 2:23 to play before scoring the final eight points of the contest. Rachel Folcik led FSU with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.
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 168-102 (.622) 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 the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor just prior to the holiday break on Dec. 17, which represented 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 on Nov. 26, led the Bulldogs to their sixth consecutive victory of the season at Lake Superior State (Dec. 15) to claim the award. Folcik 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.
Bulldog Bites: FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason as the Bulldogs toppled Central Michigan 83-61 in Mount Pleasant (Nov. 1) ............... Ferris has currently won 18 of its last 25 games dating back to last season ........ Rachel Folcik has notched a double-double (points and rebounds) in 11 games this year, including eight of her last nine outings. FSU holds an 8-3 mark when she notches a double-double this campaign. She needs 12 points to notch her 1,500th career point ....... The Bulldogs are 68-26 (.723) all-time inside Jim Wink Arena ........ FSU was the last remaining GLIAC school still unbeaten in league action this year prior to Monday’s setback.
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 Teghan Thelen 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.
Moving On Up: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks fourth in school history with 1,488 career points and is only 233 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 (20.6 ppg) and rebounder (10.7 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 14 of 15 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 in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 421-427 (.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.
The Records: Ferris has won three of its last four outings and currently holds a 10-5 record. The Bulldogs are presently 5-1 in the GLIAC. Gannon is tied for the conference’s South Division lead with a 5-1 league slate and is 11-4 overall while Mercyhurst presently maintains a 6-10 cumulative record and has dropped five of its six league outings. The Lakers play at Grand Valley State Thursday prior to visiting Ferris.
Series Information: Ferris holds a 11-3 edge entering this Thursday’s meeting with Gannon and has won 10 of the last 12 series’ contests, including a 80-61 win in last year’s NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament semifinals at Romeoville, Ill. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 9-2 career coaching record against the Knights ........... The Bulldogs maintain a 11-2 series advantage with Mercyhurst and beat the Lakers 90-70 last year (1/18/07) in Erie, Pa.
Scouting Gannon: Gannon is presently 11-4 overall and 5-1 in GLIAC action after last Saturday’s (Jan. 12) 75-74 league home win over Ashland. The Knights, who compiled a 25-6 overall record in 2006-07, were picked to finish first in the 2007-08 GLIAC South Division Preseason Media Poll following a first-place 15-2 GLIAC mark and a trip to the NCAA-II Regional Semifinals a season ago. Sophomore guard Kristina Freeman presently ranks as GU’s leading scorer (15.7 ppg) this season. Gannon has won each of its last five outings to date this campaign. Gannon is led by sixth-year head coach Cleve Wright.
Scouting Mercyhurst: MC is presently 6-10 overall and 1-5 in the GLIAC heading into Thursday’s game at GVSU, but posted a 81-78 league home win over Findlay last Saturday (Jan. 12) in Erie, Pa. Mercyhurst, which is led in scoring by freshman forward Amy Achesinski (17.3 ppg), was 6-21 overall in 2006-07 and placed tied for last in the GLIAC’s South Division with a 2-15 conference record. The Lakers were picked to finish sixth in this season’s South Division media poll. MC has won four of its last six contests entering its weekend trip to Michigan. Former Bulldog assistant coach Deanna Richard (1998-99) is in her first season as the head coach at Mercyhurst.