2007-08 FERRIS STATE WOMENíS BASKETBALL AWARDS PRESENTED
Senior Rachel Folcik Claims Team MVP Award For Second-Straight Year
All-America senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) was honored as the Ferris State University womenís basketball teamís 2007-08 Most Valuable Player Award recipient in an announcement made recently by head coach Tracey Dorow.
Folcik picked up All-America Honorable Mention honors for the second consecutive year in 2007-08 as she was named to both the NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches' and Women's Division II Basketball Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America Teams. She was also both a Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection along with being named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 4 First Team covering the Great Lakes Region this season. She was also honored as an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division First Team pick and a GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team selection for the second-straight year in addition to a GLIAC Commissioner's Award honoree.
Folcik concluded her FSU career listed second in school history with 1,705 career points and was only 16 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. The 6-1 Folcik, who was chosen as this yearís GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, posted a school-record 677 career made field goals and is listed second with 793 rebounds all-time at Ferris State. This season, Folcik was the squad's leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.3 rpg) despite missing the last two regular-season games with an injury. She reached double-figure scoring in 25 of her 27 contests while posting 12 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts this campaign. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Womenís Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was chosen as an ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team pick as a senior.
Folcik finished the season ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring (19.5 ppg.) along with tied for second in free throw percentage (.833) and third in rebounding (8.3 rpg.). She totaled 81 double-figure scoring games in 113 career contests as a Bulldog player. Also, Folcik scored 20 points or more 12 times in 2007-08 with three games of 30 points or more.
The squad's Defensive Stopper Award was presented to freshman guard Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly). The 5-8 Adams played in 25 games as a reserve off the bench and totaled 41 points with 32 rebounds in 135 total minutes of action. Adams also netted 11 steals and three blocks on the defensive end. She finished the season by scoring four points or more in four of the final five contests and twice tallied nine points in a game during the 2007-08 campaign. Adams was also a co-recipient of both the squad's Hardest Worker and Most Improved Player Awards.
The team's Sixth Player Award was given to senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale), who tallied 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest in 28 outings this year. The 5-9 Johns concluded her Bulldog career with 799 points, 355 rebounds, 172 assists and 87 steals in 113 career games. She finished her collegiate career ranked tied for third with 135 three-pointers among the school's all-time leaders. Johns registered eight double-figure scoring contests this past season.
Rookie of the Year Award honors went to freshman guard Becci Houdek (Canton). The 5-9 Houdek scored 151 points and had 78 rebounds in her initial Bulldog season while ranking fourth among the team's leaders with 66 assists in 28 contests. She started 13 games and recorded 10 points or more six times, including four of the season's final six contests. Houdek's 14 made three-pointers and 31 steals both were third among the team's leaders and she also placed second in free throw percentage (.853) on a 29-of-34 showing from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) shared Hardest Worker Award laurels with Adams and junior guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) was named a co-recipient of the Most Improved Player Award. The 5-6 Thelen was the team's second-leading scorer (10.4 ppg.) 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 ranks as the 10th-best seasonal figure in school history. She had 19 double-figure scoring games. Meanwhile, Hutchison had her most productive season as a Bulldog player to date as evidenced by her personal career-high 252 points, 117 rebounds and 55 assists over 29 contests. She claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team recognition for the second-straight campaign. Hutchison was third on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding (4.0 rpg.). She also started a team-high tying 27 games in the 2007-08 campaign.
The Ferris State women's basketball squad 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 defeated Northwood 93-89 on the road in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals (March 1) before dropping their GLIAC Semifinal contest (March 7) to Ashland by a 56-45 count in Houghton, Mich. The Bulldogs previously reached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.