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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team officially opens its 2008-09 campaign this weekend (Nov. 15-16) in the Kentucky Wesleyan Lady Panther Classic at Owensboro, Ky. FSU squares off against host Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday (Nov. 15) at 4:15 p.m. (EST) and will then take on Indianapolis Sunday (Nov. 16) in a 2 p.m. (EST) contest.
Media Coverage: There will be no Ferris State radio/internet coverage available for either game. Both Kentucky Wesleyan and Indianapolis are tentatively slated to have internet webcasts of Saturday and Sunday’s games, respectively. Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on internet event schedule for a complete list of all available links.
About The Event: The Lady Panther Classic will be a four-team event hosted by Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)-member Kentucky Wesleyan and will feature four games at the Owensboro Sportscenter over a two-day span. In addition to Ferris, KWC and Indianapolis, the field also includes NAIA-member Midway (Ky.), whom the Bulldogs will not face in the classic format.
Ticket Info: Tickets for both games will be available at the game prior to the opening tipoff. For more information, please contact the KWC Athletics Department at (270) 852-3335.
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.
Exhibition Cancelled: Ferris State's scheduled women's basketball exhibition game against NCAA Division III power Hope College slated for this past Tuesday (Nov. 11) evening was cancelled. The game was cancelled due to the closure of the Hope College campus in Holland (Mich.) because of a growing outbreak of a Noro-like-virus within the college community. Hope College, in consultation with officials from the Ottawa County Health Department, extended the mandatory closure of the college until Wednesday morning and all college events at Hope were cancelled, including practices and games of the college's athletic teams. The exhibition against Hope was the lone scheduled preseason tilt for the Bulldog women's basketball team.
Last Season: Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history two years ago, wrapped up the 2007-08 season with a 17-12 overall record and placed tied for third in the GLIAC North Division with a 11-7 league mark. The Bulldogs return nine letterwinners and four starters this season.
Two Years Ago: Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever two years ago, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to 2006-07 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 two seasons ago.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 35th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 428-434 (.497) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II 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 and 2003-04, has posted 10 or more victories 12 consecutive seasons.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Eleventh-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 175-109 (.616) 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 the Bulldogs’ run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.
The FSU Roster: Ferris’ 2008-09 roster includes four seniors, one junior, five sophomores and three freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are guards while the remaining six are frontcourt players. All 13 players on the roster hail from Michigan.
The Coaching Staff: The Bulldogs’ full-time assistant coach is Crystal Harris, who will be in her second season at FSU after playing 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 prior to last season. Coach Dorow’s father, Rick Bloodworth, returns for his third season as a volunteer assistant coach following a lengthy tenure as a junior college coach at Lake Michigan College from 1987 to 2006. The newcomer to the staff is former Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (Mich.) High School coach Mark DeNoyelles, who will volunteer this campaign and is the father of current FSU sophomore guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) and freshman guard/forward Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart).
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games and selected road contests this season. The pay-per-view feed is available for an individual game cost or in a season package 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 2008-09 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Two options for the live stats will be available, including one from Presto Sports. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: All 22 of FSU’s 2008-09 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live 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.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris’ home opener at Jim Wink Arena is not until Saturday, Dec. 13, when the Bulldogs host Hillsdale in GLIAC action with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) ..... Ferris State’s 2008-09 GLIAC opener is set for Monday, Dec. 1, when the Bulldogs visit archrival Grand Valley State for a 6 p.m. (EST) outing inside GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, Mich.
FSU Picked Third: Ferris State was picked to finish third in the 2008-09 GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 30). The poll was chosen by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Michigan Tech and Hillsdale to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. The Bulldogs totaled 121 points in the balloting and trailed only MTU's first-place 179 points and Grand Valley State’s 134 points in the North Division.
Preseason All-GLIAC: FSU senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia), who averaged 10.4 points per contest a year ago, was one of five players named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division squad in voting by the league’s member head coaches. Five players were also named to the South Division team with Hillsdale’s Katie Cezat earning GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year laurels.
More On Teghan: FSU’s Teghan Thelen was Ferris' second-leading scorer (10.4 ppg.) last season behind departed All-GLIAC First Team pick Rachel Folcik and added 119 rebounds, 85 assists along with 35 steals in starting 25 of 29 games. Her 50 made three-pointers led the squad and ranked as the 10th-best seasonal figure in school history. She also had 19 double-figure scoring games. Thelen currently ranks eighth in school history with 99 career three-pointers made and is among the top 10 performers in school career three-point percentage (.350). A three-year letterwinner, Thelen scored 10 points or more in 11 games as a sophomore during the 2006-07 season, including four consecutive contests to end the year, as the Bulldogs reached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen.
Top Of The List: Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow became the school’s all-time victory leader with two wins in the Aquinas College Classic (Nov. 18-19) to open the 2005-06 season in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dorow, who also ranks as FSU’s all-time winningest coach, surpassed Pat Dolan’s (1977-89) previous school-record total of 118 wins at FSU. All three of Ferris’ NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances have came under Dorow. She was honored as the GLIAC’s 2003-04 Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to the program’s second-ever 20-win campaign.
All In The Family: FSU’s Tracey Dorow is far from the only coach in her family. She previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach under her father, Rick Bloodworth, at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. Her father is serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Ferris for the third year in a row this season after a long stint as LMC’s head coach. In addition, her younger sister, Andrea Bloodworth, currently is embarking on her second year as an assistant women’s coach at NCAA-I Liberty following two years in a similar role at NCAA-I Valparaiso (Ind.) along with three years as the top assistant at GLIAC-member Gannon.
Season Openers: Ferris State will officially open its 35th season against Kentucky Wesleyan in the Lady Panther Classic. The Bulldogs, who have won seven of their last 10 season openers, have an all-time mark of 16-18 in opening day games. FSU posted a 87-82 non-league road win in last year’s opener over Quincy (Ill.) at the Quincy/Subway Tip-Off Tourney (11/16/07). The Bulldogs have won 10 of their past 13 openers, including a 7-3 mark (.700) under head coach Tracey Dorow. Ferris’ last opening-day loss came four years ago (11/16/04) with a 76-71 home loss to Lewis (Ill.) at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.
Scouting KWC: Kentucky Wesleyan posted a 14-13 overall record during the 2007-08 season and was 8-11 in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) action. Sixth-year head coach Ron Williams’ squad has six newcomers this season while the team’s top returnee is 6-0 senior center Whitney Waddell, who averaged eight points and six rebounds a contest last year. KWC posted an 18-10 record and placed tied for third in the GLVC East Division (11-8) two years ago, which was the program’s second-best mark ever. The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the 2008-09 GLVC Preaseson Coaches East Division poll.
Scouting Indy: Indianapolis, which faces NAIA member Midway (Ky.) in its first game at the Lady Panther Classic Saturday, already owns a 3-0 overall mark this season after sweeping the field at the 2008 Disney’s Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 7-9) at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Hounds downed Cal Poly Pomona, Central Washington and Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) by an average of nearly 24 points, including a 44-point drumming of CWU. Junior Jessica Canary was dubbed the event’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in the three games. Indianapolis was picked second in the 2008-09 GLVC Preseason East Division poll after posting a 22-8 record and reaching the NCAA-II Tournament a year ago. LeAnn Freeland is in her second season at the Greyhound helm.
Series Information: FSU maintains a 3-0 series’ edge over Kentucky Wesleyan and defeated the Panthers 73-69 last season (11/24/07) in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge hosted by the Bulldogs at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids ....... The series with Indianapolis is tied 2-2 and the Greyhounds recorded a 85-77 triumph over the Bulldogs in the most recent game (12/19/03) at the GLIAC/GLVC Classic in Midland, Mich. ....... Bulldog head coach Tracey Dorow currently holds a 2-0 record to date against Kentucky Wesleyan and is 1-1 overall versus Indianapolis.