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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women's basketball squad returns home to host the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Challenge Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs will take on Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Friday's (Nov. 23) home opener before meeting Kentucky Wesleyan in Saturday's (Nov. 24) finale. Both games will start at 6 p.m. (EST).
The GLIAC/GLVC Challenge: The GLIAC/GLVC Challenge is sponsored by the Country Inn and Suites. The classic will feature four NCAA Division II women’s basketball contests involving two schools apiece from both the GLIAC and GLVC. In addition to the host Bulldogs, who compete in the GLIAC, the field also includes Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Kentucky Wesleyan of the GLVC along with GLIAC-member Lake Superior State. LSSU plays the early game both days at 4 p.m. (EST) as the Lakers take on KWC Friday before meeting SIUE Saturday.
More information on the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge can be found at this link: GLIAC/GLVC Challenge
Media Coverage: A live video and audio (PA announcer) webcast will be offered for each game of the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge on a pay-per-view basis ($6 per game) through B2 Networks. In additon, “Live Stats” will also be available. Visit the FSU Athletics Website (www.ferris.edu/sports) to access both the webcast and live statistics.
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to tipoff both days. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission seating and FSU students are admitted free of charge.
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.
FSU Splits Two To Open Season: FSU split a pair of games to open the 2007-08 campaign last weekend (Nov. 16-17) at the Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney held in Quincy, Ill. Ferris defeated the host hawks 87-82 in Friday’s season opener before falling to preseason nationally fifth-ranked Delta State (Miss.) 93-71 in Saturday’s championship game. Bulldog junior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) was the lone FSU player named to the all-tournament team in the event. Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) was the squad’s leading scorer in the two games as she averaged 18.5 points per contest.
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. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) led all scorers with 25 points and also in rebounds by grabbing 14 boards. Teghan Thelen was the other Ferris player to record double digits in scoring with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ferris raced out to a 17-point (39-22) halftime lead and never looked back as the Bulldogs outscored the hosts 44-39 in the second half.
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.
Welcome Back: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. Although the squad lost a trio of key players in guards Kristin Reinhart and Erin Miller along with forward Audrey Thwing, the returnees include three players with significant starting experience in senior forward/center Rachel Folcik, senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) and junior guard Teghan Thelen. Folcik started all 32 contests last year, Johns made 22 starts and Thelen was in the lineup 14 times.
New To Campus: FSU’s roster this season includes seven freshmen, six of whom are new to the program as true freshmen. The Bulldogs also have one redshirt freshman in guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart). The remaining eight players all saw game action last season.
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 159-98 (.619) 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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 412-423 (.493) 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 also claimed GLIAC Tournament runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons to date.
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 Weekly Honoree: FSU’s Jenna Guay was named this season's (2007-08) first recipient of the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor earlier this week after helping the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the Quincy Subway Tipoff Tourney. The 6-1 Guay netted a personal career-high 21 points and grabbed five rebounds in FSU's 93-71 loss to Delta State in Saturday's championship game. She also posted 12 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the Bulldogs' opening game win Friday over Quincy. Guay converted 13-of-19 (.684) field goal attempts and seven-of-10 (.700) free throws in the two outings. She averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the event while earning all-tournament team honors.
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: Ferris State’s 2007-08 GLIAC opener is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, versus Saginaw Valley State beginning at 6 p.m. (EST) in Wink Arena ...... FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason.
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 will serve 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. The Bulldogs totaled 163 points in the balloting and trailed only GVSU's first-place 195 points in the North Division. The Lakers earned 20 of a possible 30 first-place votes with FSU receiving four top votes and third-place Michigan Tech earning six such votes and 158 points.
Preseason Honors: In addition to the preseason media poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was not only among five individuals named to the North Division team, but additionally was chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Returning Impact: As a junior last season, Rachel 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. 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 (points & rebounds) performances. A team captain, 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.
Not The First Time: The exhibition win for the Bulldogs over Central Michigan represented the second time under current head coach Tracey Dorow in which Ferris has defeated Central Michigan. FSU accomplished the feat in the 1999-00 regular season (12/29/99) with a 67-60 decision on the Chippewas' home court.
Scouting SIUE: SIUE opened the season with a pair of wins last weekend (Nov. 16-17) at the Central Missouri Classic. Senior guard/forward Amber Shelton is the squad’s leading scorer (19.0 ppg) to date this season. The Cougars compiled a 20-9 overall record in 2006-07, including a second-place 13-6 mark in the GLVC West Division. SIUE was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 GLVC Preseason West Division Coaches Poll. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is guided by 29th-year head coach Wendy Hedberg, who has already announced her retirement effective at the end of the season.
Scouting KWC: Kentucky Wesleyan opened the 2007-08 campaign with a 68-64 home win over nationally 19th-ranked Grand Valley State last Friday (Nov. 16). Seven letterwinners return from last season’s 18-10 squad that placed tied for third in the GLVC East Division (11-8). The Panthers produced the second most wins in school history last year. Senior forward Laura McClintic led the Panthers in scoring versus GVSU with a team-high 14 points. Kentucky Wesleyan was picked to finish third in the GLVC East Division Preseason Coaches Poll this campaign. The squad is directed by fifth-year head coach Ron Williams. Senior forward LaTasha Henry is the squad’s leading returning scorer from a year ago after averaging 13.1 points per contest in 2006-07.
Series Information: Ferris holds a 5-2 all-time mark against SIUE, but suffered a 77-64 setback last campaign (12/30/06) at SIUE’s Cougar Classic ........ FSU maintains a 2-0 series’ edge over Kentucky Wesleyan and last defeated the Panthers 81-44 during the 2003-04 campaign (11/30) at the Ashland Classic in Ashland, Ohio ....... Bulldog head coach Tracey Dorow currently holds a 4-1 mark versus SIUE and is 1-0 to date against Kentucky Wesleyan.