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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team will return from a 15-day layoff to host Marygrove in their final non-conference game of the season on Monday, Dec. 29, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside FSU’s Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The game will represent the Bulldogs’ first contest since hosting Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foes Hillsdale and Findlay on Dec. 13-14 at Wink Arena.
Media Coverage: There will be no live audio broadcast for the game. A live audio/video pay-per-view webcast featuring audio from the public address announcer and team video is slated to 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: Fans will be admitted free of charge for the game against Marygrove. The game is 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.
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. 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.
Last Weekend: The Bulldogs dropped a pair of games at home this past weekend (Dec. 13-14) to Hillsdale and Findlay at Wink Arena. FSU suffered a 76-61 setback to nationally seventh-ranked Hillsdale in Saturday’s contest, which marked the squad’s first home game of the 2008-09 campaign. Ferris then suffered an 81-74 setback on Sunday versus Findlay as the Bulldogs played two league games on back-to-back days. Senior guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two game. The 5-11 Hutchison tallied a game-high tying 19 points with eight rebounds in Sunday’s setback to Findlay. She also reached double-figure scoring with 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds against Hillsdale.
Other Top Scorers: Besides Hutchison, senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) netted 18 points and sophomore guard Chelsea Simonetti (Olivet) had 10 points for the Bulldogs in Sunday’s loss versus Findlay. Thelen paced FSU versus Hillsdale with 12 points. Hutchison added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds against the Chargers, sophomore forward Amy Joostberns (Nashville/Lakewood) netted 11 points and sophomore forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) posted 10 points as four Bulldog players reached double-digits.
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 430-440 (.494) 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 177-115 (.606) 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.
Coming Up Next: After the game against Marygrove, 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. Ferris will then travel to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 10, for a 1 p.m. (EST) GLIAC outing in University Center, Mich.
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.
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 the 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. It marked the second time in three weeks a Bulldog player had earned the honor as FSU’s Teghan Thelen was this season’s initial recipient (Nov. 17) of the award.
Bulldog Bites: Senior guard Teghan Thelen is currently FSU’s leading scorer this season with a 17.0 points per game scoring average ....... Senior Caitlin Hutchison has reached double-figure scoring in four consecutive games while both Teghan Thelen and Tiara Adams have scored 10 points or more in three of their last four contests to date this year ....... The game versus Hillsdale (Dec. 13) represented the Bulldogs’ 2008-09 home opener at Jim Wink Arena. FSU owns an all-time mark of 73-29 (.716) 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 120 career three-pointers made and is among the top 10 performers in school career three-point percentage (.356). Her 85.6% (101-118) 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.
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).
Scouting Marygrove: Marygrove, which is located in Detroit, is a United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) member. The Mustangs are currently 1-10 overall to date this campaign following Saturday’s (Dec. 13) 94-58 loss at Davenport. The Mustangs are coached by fifth-year head coach Antonio Hitchcock. The squad’s lone win came by a score of 83-70 over St. Mary’s of the Woods in the Wilberforce (Ohio) Tournament back in mid-November (11/15). Marygrove has played only one home game to date this year. The team has also played two games thus far against GLIAC schools as they suffered back-to-back losses at Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State by scores of 97-40 and 80-52, respectively, on Nov. 22-23. However, the squad still has three remaining contests before they visit FSU – two at home versus Wright State-Lakes (Dec. 20) and Michigan-Dearborn (Dec. 22) along with a visit to Concordia (Dec. 27). Last year, Marygrove wrapped up the year with a 7-18 overall record.
Series Information: This year’s meeting represents the third-ever series' contest between the two schools. The Bulldogs won the initial meeting during the 2005-06 campaign (1/9/06) by a score of 82-56 in Big Rapids followed by a convincing 107-81 triumph over the Mustangs two years ago (2/22/07) at Wink Arena.