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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team returns home for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests on back-to-back days this weekend. FSU hosts nationally seventh-ranked Hillsdale Saturday (Dec. 13) at 1 p.m. (EST) and will then take on Findlay on Sunday (Dec. 14) at 2 p.m. (EST) inside Wink Arena. Both games are the first contest of a men’s and women’s league doubleheader.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter Television Channel 21 in Mecosta County. A live audio/video pay-per-view webcast will also be offered by B2 Networks. 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: Tickets for all 2008-09 Ferris home basketball games are available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more info on home ticket sales.
Special Promotions: Free admission will be offered to Saturday's games against Hillsdale for anyone who holds a ticket to that evening's non-league hockey game against Alabama-Huntsville. On Sunday, the Bulldogs will hold a "Lions Special" for those who are tired of watching the NFL's Detroit Lions play this year and would rather watch basketball action versus Findlay. All fans wearing a Detroit Lions hat or t-shirt will be given free admission to the league doubleheader.
Cash Offering: Ferris State students will have an opportunity to win cash at each Bulldog basketball doubleheader the rest of the season. The FSU Athletics Department will give away a $100 certificate at each of the Bulldogs’ 11 GLIAC doubleheaders this campaign, beginning with this Saturday’s league twin bill versus Hillsdale. In order to win the prize on a given day, students must be in attendance prior to halftime of the women’s basketball contest. A raffle drawing will be held to determine the winner in the second half of the men’s game.
The Last Time Out: The Bulldogs dropped a pair of games on a league road trip to Ohio last weekend. FSU suffered a narrow 92-89 loss in Thursday’s (Dec. 4) outing at Ashland before falling to the league’s newest member Tiffin by an 85-68 count on Saturday (Dec. 6) as the Dragons picked up their first-ever GLIAC win. Senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) netted a game-high tying 24 points at Ashland with sophomore guard Becci Houdek (Canton) chipping in 21 points. Sophomore forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) tallied a career-high 17 points and then led the Bulldogs with 13 points at Tiffin.
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 430-438 (.495) 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 177-113 (.610) 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: After Sunday’s game against Findlay, the Bulldogs will have a 15-day layoff until they host Marygrove in their final non-conference game of the season on Monday, Dec. 29, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside Wink Arena. FSU resumes conference play on Thursday, Jan. 8, by visiting Lake Superior State for a 5:30 p.m. (EST) encounter in Sault Ste. Marie, 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.
GLIAC Player Of the Week: Ferris senior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) was chosen as last week’s (Dec. 1) 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.) on Nov. 25 to earn the award. The 6-1 Guay was nine-of-14 (.643) from the floor in the loss, which came in FSU's lone outing of that particular week. Following the announcement, Guay helped the Bulldog women's basketball squad to a league-opening win over Grand Valley State (Dec. 1) as she tallied four assists, three rebounds and two points while making her first start of the season against the Lakers.
Bulldog Bites: Senior guard Teghan Thelen is currently FSU’s leading scorer this season with a 17.7 points per game scoring average ....... Senior Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) along with sophomores Becci Houdek and Tiara Adams have both reached double-figure scoring in each of the last two outings ....... Saturday’s game versus Hillsdale represents the Bulldogs’ 2008-09 home opener at Jim Wink Arena. FSU owns an all-time mark of 73-27 (.730) in the 10-year old facility.
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 115 career three-pointers made and is among the top 10 performers in school career three-point percentage (.358). Her 86.2% (100-116) 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.
Scouting Hillsdale: Hillsdale currently ranks seventh nationally this week under seventh-year head coach Claudette Charney with a 7-0 record along with a 2-0 league mark. The Chargers recorded a 23-5 overall record a year ago and won the GLIAC South Division with a and 15-2 league slate. Senior forward Katie Cezat presently leads the squad in both scoring (24.4 ppg.) and rebounding (14.0 rpg.) to date this year. She was voted as the GLIAC’s Preseason Player of the Year after claiming the league’s top individual honor last year. HC, which was picked to finish first in the 2008-09 GLIAC South Division Preseason Poll, is currently ranked seventh nationally this week. The Chargers beat Urbana 86-67 Tuesday (Dec. 9).
Scouting Findlay: Findlay held a 5-0 overall record and a 2-0 GLIAc slate entering Saturday’s (Dec. 13) game at Grand Valley State. The Oilers, who are led by third-year head coach Kate Cummings, registered a 9-17 overall record in 2007-08 and was fifth (3-14) in the GLIAC South Division. Four of the Oilers’ five wins this season prior to the GVSU game have came at home, including a 60-57 triumph over then nationally-ranked Lake Superior State last Saturday (Dec. 6). Findlay was chosen fifth in this year’s preseason division media poll. UF is currently led in scoring this season by junior guard Audra Mihalic (17.8 ppg.).
Series Information: Ferris holds a 32-19 series edge entering Saturday’s game versus Hillsdale, but dropped a 83-71 decision to the Chargers in the most recent game last year (2/14/08) at Hillsdale, Mich. The Chargers have won seven of the the last 13 series’ matchups overall ........ The Bulldogs presently lead the all-time series with Findlay by a 6-5 count although the Oilers recorded a 80-77 victory a year ago (2/2/08) at Findlay, Ohio. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has won six of the 10 meetings against UF during her head coaching career. Ferris had won five-straight games prior to last year’s loss.