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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team embarks on a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road swing by heading to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week. The Bulldogs will face Northern Michigan Thursday (Jan. 24) at 5:30 p.m. (EST) in Marquette, Mich. Ferris then takes on Michigan Tech Saturday (Jan. 26) with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) at Houghton, Mich. Both games will be the first contest of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio (TV Channel 21) in Mecosta County with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play action. In addition, an audio-only webcast is slated to be available at www.bulldogradio.org. A live video and audio webcast will be available for Thursday’s game at NMU through B2 Networks for a $6 fee while both live statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast will be available for the Michigan Tech game Saturday. Visit the FSU athletics website (www.ferris.edu/sports) and click on internet event schedule for respective game links.
Ticket Info: Ticket information along with travel directions for this week’s games can be obtained by directly contacting the MTU and NMU Athletics Departments, respectively. Michigan Tech’s main office number is (906) 487-3070 while NMU can be reached by dialing (906) 227-2105.
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.
The Standings: The Bulldogs are 7-1 in league play entering the week and trail Michigan Tech (8-1) by a half-game in the GLIAC North Division standings. Northwood is currently third (7-2) with Grand Valley State (6-2) right behind. Hillsdale tops the South Division with a current 6-2 mark.
Hit The Road: After this week’s trip to the Upper Peninsula, FSU will make a trek to Ohio next week for contests at Ashland (Jan. 31) along with Findlay (Feb. 2) as the Bulldogs make their two longest GLIAC road trips of the year in back-to-back weeks. 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 last 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.
Folcik Leads FSU To Win: For the second consecutive year, Mercyhurst had no answer for Ferris’ senior forward Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) as she netted a game-high 36 points in leading FSU to an 81-70 GLIAC victory over the visiting Lakers Saturday (Jan. 19) afternoon inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The 6-1 Folcik scored 22 of her points in the final period as the Bulldogs rallied from a 40-35 halftime deficit to earn its fifth win in the last six outings. Her total came up one shy of matching her personal career-high effort of 37 points last season (1/18/07) against MC in Erie, Pa. In addition, FSU also received 10 points from senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale). Junior forward/center Ashley Fleming (Posen/Rogers City) contributed a career-high and game-best 14 rebounds to go along with six points.
FSU Bounces Back: Ferris bounced back from its only league setback of the season as the Bulldogs defeated GLIAC South Division co-leader Gannon last Thursday (Jan. 17) evening by a 76-61 count inside Wink Arena. Ferris, which dropped a 68-64 conference home decision to Northwood last Monday (Jan. 14), trailed the Knights for much of the first half and was down 32-30 at the break. However, the Bulldogs responded by outscoring the Golden Knights 46-29 in the final period to notch the win. Sam Johns led the way with a team-best 15 points.
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 170-102 (.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 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 20 of its last 27 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 11 outings. FSU holds an 8-3 mark when she notches a double-double this campaign. She notched her 1,500th career point against Gannon last week ....... The Bulldogs are 70-26 (.729) all-time inside Jim Wink Arena ........ FSU was the last remaining GLIAC school still unbeaten in league action this year prior to last Monday’s setback versus Northwood ........ This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ............... Sam Johns notched her 700th career point against Mercyhurst on Saturday.
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 1,536 career points and is only 185 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 (21.0 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 16 of 17 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 423-427 (.498) 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.
Statistics Leaders: Ferris currently leads the GLIAC in free throw % (.791), rebounding offense (42.8), rebound margin (+6.0), assists (17.88) and defensive rebounds (30.24) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is first in scoring (21.0 ppg.) and free throw % (.895) along with second in rebounding (10.0 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranked fourth nationally in team assists while Folcik placed 13th in rebounding, 13th in free throw percentage and 15th in scoring, according to the most recent (Jan. 14) NCAA Division II National Statistics.
Series Information: NMU holds a 38-18 series advantage and has won seven of the last 13 meetings. FSU’s Tracey Dorow currently has a 8-11 career coaching mark versus NMU and led FSU to a 70-65 victory in the most recent (2/10/07) game at Big Rapids, Mich. ......... MTU maintains a 34-21 lead and has won 10 of the last 15 series’ encounters. Ferris split with the Huskies last year, but dropped a 69-65 home decision in the most recent game (2/8/07) at Big Rapids. Dorow presently has a 5-14 career coaching record against the Huskies.
Scouting Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan enters the week with a 7-10 overall ledger and a 2-7 GLIAC mark. Northern Michigan, which is directed by third-year head coach Troy Mattson, has dropped its last three outings to date this year following Sunday’s (Jan. 20) 65-46 home loss to Hillsdale. The Wildcats were 9-18 overall in 2006-07 and placed sixth (5-13) in the GLIAC’s North Division. NMU, which was picked to finish seventh in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, is led in scoring by senior forward Allison Carroll (15.1 ppg).
Scouting Michigan Tech: The Huskies enter Thursday’s (Jan. 24) home game versus Ashland with a current 15-3 record and are 8-1 in GLIAC action. Michigan Tech, which is led in scoring by sophomore forward Katie Wysocky (16.3 ppg), was chosen third in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll. The Huskies, who are guided by fifth-year head coach John Barnes, were 19-9 overall during the 2006-07 campaign and compiled a fourth-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division record. MTU has presently won nine-straight games, including a 84-67 league home win over Hillsdale this past Saturday (Jan. 19). They enter the week with an 8-0 home record.