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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team continues a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road swing by heading to Ohio this week. The Bulldogs will face Ashland Thursday (Jan. 31) at 5:30 p.m. (EST) in Ashland, Ohio. Ferris then takes on Findlay Saturday (Feb. 2) with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) at Findlay, Ohio. Both games will be the first contest of a women’s and men’s doubleheader. Thursday’s outing at AU is being biled as “Pack The House” night with a variety of activities planned.
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 Saturday’s game at UF through B2 Networks for a $6 fee. 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 AU and UF Athletics Departments, respectively. Ashland’s main office number is (419) 289-5441 while UF can be reached by dialing (419) 434-4663.
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 8-2 in league play entering the week and trail Michigan Tech (9-2) by a half-game in the GLIAC North Division. Grand Valley State is tied with FSU (8-2) followed by Northwood (7-3). Hillsdale tops the South Division with a current 8-2 mark.
Back At Home: After this week’s trip to Ohio, the Bulldogs will play four of their final six GLIAC games inside the confines of Wink Arena. Ferris’ next home game is set for Thursday, Feb. 7, when Northern Michigan visits Jim Wink Arena for an 8 p.m. (EST) GLIAC encounter. The Bulldogs then take on Michigan Tech Saturday, Feb. 9, in a 3 p.m. (EST) league home tilt.
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed among other schools receiving votes in this week’s (Jan. 29) USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned seven points. Michigan Tech fell to 23rd in this week’s rankings while Hillsdale also received votes with 27 points in the poll.
FSU Falls In OT: Ferris suffered a heart-breaking 75-74 overtime loss against nationally-ranked Michigan Tech in a key GLIAC North Division battle Saturday (Jan. 26) afternoon in Houghton, Mich. The then 19th-ranked Huskies outscored FSU by a single-point in overtime to claim the victory inside MTU's Student Development Complex Gymnasium before a crowd of 1,158 fans. Ferris had a final shot in the extra period to claim the win, but junior forward Caitlin Hutchison's (Riverview) shot under the basket just rimmed out as the overtime buzzer sounded. Ferris State controlled play for much of the initial part of the opening half as the Bulldogs built a 12-point edge with 12:27 to play in the period. However, the Huskies were able to rally back. The Bulldogs stopped the Huskies late in overtime and played for the final shot in the closing seconds, but MTU held on as the Bulldogs narrowly missed the buzzer-beater. Five Bulldog players reached double-figure scoring in the overtime thriller led by junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) with 14 points.
FSU Rolls At NMU: Ferris put on a shooting clinic for much of the contest as the Bulldogs scored an impressive 81-66 league road win over Northern Michigan last Thursday (Jan. 24) evening at Marquette, Mich. FSU shot 67.3% (33-49) for the game, including a 73% first half figure, en route to the win at the Berry Events Center. Senior All-America candidate Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) led FSU with a game-high tying 16 points. Three other players scored 11 points apiece including Caitlin Hutchison, junior forward Jenna Guay (Escanaba) and junior forward Ashley Fleming (Posen/Rogers City).
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.
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 171-103 (.624) 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’s overtime game at MTU was the school’s first since falling to Hillsdale 90-87 in last year’s GLIAC Tourney Semifinals (3/2/07) at Erie, Pa. ............... Ferris has currently won 21 of its last 29 games dating back to last season ........ Senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) has reached double-figure scoring in three of her last four contests ....... Both Caitlin Hutchison and Ashley Fleming compiled double-digit scoring totals in each of FSU’s games last week .......... Ferris’ 67.3% shooting figure at NMU came up just shy of matching the school record 67.7% mark set last season (2/22/07) in a win over Marygrove at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena ........ This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ........ Ferris presently owns a 7-0 record against teams with .500 records or worse entering its matchup with the Bulldogs.
The Bulldog Roster: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. 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 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 1,563 career points and is only 158 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 (20.2 ppg) and rebounder (9.2 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 18 of 19 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 424-428 (.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 scoring offense (73.7 ppg.), free throw % (.789), rebounding offense (42.4), rebound margin (+6.3), assists (17.89) and defensive rebounds (30.32) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is first in free throw % (.880), second in scoring (20.2 ppg.) and third in rebounding (9.2 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranked fourth nationally in team free throw % along with 15th in assists while Folcik placed 15th in both scoring and free throw %, according to the most recent (Jan. 28) NCAA Division II National Statistics.
Series Information: The series’ with Ashland is tied 9-9 heading into Thursday’s 19th meeting. Last year (1/25/07), FSU topped Ashland 91-79 at Big Rapids, Mich. AU had won three-straight meetings prior to that game while FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently holds a current 7-5 career coaching mark versus AU ....... The Bulldogs presently lead the all-time series with Findlay by a 6-4 count following last season’s (1/27/07) 93-82 home victory. Dorow has won six of the nine meetings against UF during her head coaching career. Ferris has emerged victorious five-straight times versus Findlay to date.
Scouting Ashland: The Eagles enter the game with a 12-7 cumulative mark and are 5-4 in conference play. The Eagles have won five of their last six games this year and captured a 67-61 league road win at Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 26). Junior forward Betsy Morrison is the squad’s leading scorer (11.8 ppg) to date. AU posted a 14-13 overall mark and a fourth-place 7-10 GLIAC South Division showing last year. Ashland, which is guided by 13th-year head coach Sue Ramsey, was picked third in this season’s preseason divisional poll.
Scouting Findlay: Findlay, which visits Wayne State Thursday (Jan. 31) evening, holds a 8-10 overall record and is 2-7 in the GLIAC to date this campaign. Findlay, under second-year head coach Kate Cummings, has dropped six of its last seven tilts this year, including a 74-65 conference road setback at Northern Michigan in its most recent game last Saturday (Jan. 26). The Oilers are paced by junior guard Brittany Wells’ team-high 13.2 points per game scoring average. UF was 6-21 overall in 2006-07 and finished tied for fifth (2-15) in the GLIAC South Division. Findlay was chosen fifth in this year’s preseason division poll.