FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team continues its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road swing with two games in Ohio this week. FSU visits Ashland Thursday (Dec. 4) for a 5:30 p.m. (EST) game inside AU’s Kates Gymnasium before taking on Tiffin Saturday (Dec. 6) afternoon at 1 p.m. (EST) in TU’s Gillmor Center. Both games are the first contests of a men’s and women’s league doubleheader.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties. A live audio/video pay-per-view webcast will also be offered by B2 Networks. Live audio and live internet statistics will also be available. Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on internet event schedule for a complete list of all available links.
Ticket Info: For ticket information, please contact the Ashland or Tiffin Athletics Offices, respectively. The AU Athletics Office can be reached at (419) 289-5441 and Tiffin’s number is (419) 448-3334.
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 Last Time Out: A balanced effort fueled Ferris to a hard-fought 74-64 GLIAC opening win over archrival Grand Valley State Monday (Dec. 1) evening at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 35-25 halftime edge and maintained that margin thru the second half to secure the win and even their record at 2-2 overall this campaign. GVSU dropped to 3-2 this season with the setback. FSU increased its lead to as many as 14 points with 15:06 to play before the Lakers climbed back into the contest. The Lakers were able to cut the Bulldog lead down to only three points with 3:51 to play, but back-to-back three-pointers by FSU freshman forward Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) and her sister, sophomore guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart), enabled Ferris to pick up the win. Sophomore guard Becci Houdek (Canton) paced a balanced FSU lineup with 14 points and was the only Bulldog player to reach double-figure scoring. Kelsey DeNoyelles and senior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) both chipped in nine points.
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 430-436 (.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 177-111 (.615) 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 is in her second season at FSU after playing collegiate basketball at the University of California-Riverside. She also has professional playing experience. 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 is a 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.
Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs return home for two games next week. FSU hosts Hillsdale Saturday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. (EST) inside Jim Wink Arena before squaring off against number one ranked Findlay in a special Sunday (Dec. 14) afternoon game beginning at 4 p.m. (EST) in Big Rapids. Both contests are GLIAC games.
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.
GLIAC Player Of the Week: Ferris senior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) was named this week’s recipient of the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week Award. The 6-1 Guay tallied a team-high 18 points with five rebounds and two assists in the Bulldogs' non-league road setback at regional foe Lewis (Ill.). The 6-1 Guay was nine-of-14 (.643) from the floor in the loss, which came in FSU's lone outing of the week. Following the announcement, Guay helped the Bulldog women's basketball squad to its win over GVSU as she tallied four assists, three rebounds and two points while making her first start of the season against the Lakers Monday evening.
Record Breaker: The eight three-pointers made by Teghan Thelen versus Kentucky Wesleyan (Nov. 15) surpassed former Bulldog Lori Young's school-record seven treys made at Michigan Tech back during the 1992-93 campaign (12/12). Her 36 points also tied for the third-highest single-game figure in Bulldog history while her 67% (8-12) effort behind the arc is the second best mark all-time at FSU.
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 sixth in school history with 112 career three-pointers made and is among the top 10 performers in school career three-point percentage (.359). Her 86.8% (99-114) career free throw percentage is the best mark in school history to date. 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.
Free Admission Game: Ferris fans will be admitted free of charge for FSU’s only non-league home game this season against Marygrove on Dec. 29 (6 p.m.) at Wink Arena. The game will be one of four FSU men’s and women’s games designated as “Fan Appreciation” contests during the holiday season. The other three games are men’s non-league outings versus Olivet (Nov. 25), Grace Bible (Jan. 3) and Kuyper (Jan. 5). No admission will be charged for any of these games although all donations of canned goods to help the needy will be accepted at the door.
Scouting Ashland: Ashland currently owns a 4-0 overall mark to date this season entering Thursday’s game with FSU. The Eagles, who are guided by 14th-year head coach Sue Ramsey, posted a 19-11 overall record last season and placed 10-7 in GLIAC South Division action. AU is currently led in scoring by senior forward/center Lynsey Warren (16.8 ppg.). Three of Ashland’s four wins this campaign have came at home inside Kates Gymnasium. The Eagles were picked to finish third in the GLIAC South Division Preseason Media Poll following last year’s GLIAC Tourney Runner-Up finish. AU topped Slippery Rock (Pa.) 78-51 in its most recent game at home (Nov. 30).
Scouting Tiffin: The Dragons, who are midst their first season as a league member, currently hold a 1-4 overall record this year and have lost four consecutive games to date following a 67-59 home setback to Gannon last Tuesday (Nov. 25). Tiffin is led by second-year head coach Pam Oswald and will host Grand Valley State Thursday (Dec. 4) prior to meeting the Bulldogs. The Dragons posted a 12-15 overall record last season (2007-08) and are currently led in scoring this year by senior forward Leanne Lucius (11.4 ppg.). TU was picked sixth in the GLIAC South Division Preseason Media Poll.
Series Information: Ashland holds a 11-9 all-time series’ edge over FSU and beat the Bulldogs twice last
season by scores of 97-81 at Ashland (1/31/08) and 56-45 in the GLIAC Tourney Semifinals
(3/7/08) at Houghton, Mich. AU has won five of the last six outings between the two
teams while FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently holds a current 7-7 career coaching mark versus AU ........... The Bulldogs
recorded a narrow 72-69 non-league win over Tiffin in the first-ever meeting between
the two schools last season (12/8/07) at Tiffin, Ohio. FSU trailed 69-68 with 33 seconds
to play before scoring the final four points of the game to secure the win. Departed
All-American Rachel Folcik tallied a game-high 28 points and 11 boards in the Bulldog