RACHEL FOLCIK EARNS FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC DISTRICT LAURELS
Senior Honored By ESPN The Magazine For Academic & Athletic Efforts
Senior All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) of the 2007-08 Ferris State University women’s basketball team has been recognized as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV College Division Women's Basketball First Team selection.
Folcik was among only two representatives from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)-member school named to any of the three District IV teams (first, second, third) selected in voting conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Michigan Tech's Katie Wyscoky earned third-team laurels in addition to Folcik's first team recognition. Six players were honored on the first team, the second team had five selections and the third team featured four student-athletes. By earning first-team laurels, Folcik is now eligible to receive All-America kudos.
Student-athletes must have reached at least sophomore status academically, maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and also be a starter or key reserve for their team to be nominated. The District IV team is comprised of colleges and universities located in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
Folcik currently ranks second in school history with 1,644 career points and is only 77 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. The 6-1 Folcik, who was chosen as this year’s GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, currently has 656 career made field goals and broke Monta Ware’s (1979-83) previous school record of 651 field goals during last Saturday's (Feb. 9) upset home win over nationally-ranked Michigan Tech. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.2 ppg) and rebounder (8.7 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 22 of 23 contests while posting 11 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts this campaign. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to both the All-GLIAC North Division and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams last year.
Folcik presently is second in the GLIAC in scoring (20.2 ppg.) along with third in both free throw percentage (.835) and rebounding (8.7 rpg.) to date. Nationally, she ranks Folcik 16th in scoring and 30th in field goal percentage, according to the most recent (Feb. 11) NCAA-II National Statistics.
As a junior last season, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. Folcik’s 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The two-time team captain, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances. Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game last campaign. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIAC’s overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.
This year marks the 56th anniversary of the Academic All-America program, which was founded by CoSIDA in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the years, the program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports. This season marks ESPN The Magazine's fourth year of sponsoring the Academic All-America program, which was formerly endorsed by both GTE and Verizon.
The 2007-08 campaign represents the ninth consecutive season in which Ferris State has had a player named to either the Academic All-District IV First or Second Team. Former player Jen Newsone was a second team pick (2000-01) before both Debbie Killips (2000-01, 2001-02) and Lucy DeMartin (2002-03, 2003-04) became two-time first team honorees. FSU's Bridget Horwitz earned first-team distinction in 2004-05 before Erin Miller garnered identical laurels in 2005-06. Last season (2006-07), both Folcik and Miller were second-team all-district honorees. Killips and DeMartin both went on to attain Verizon Academic All-America First Team kudos as Killips received the honor during the 2001-02 campaign and DeMartin claimed the recognition in 2003-04.
The Bulldog women's basketball squad, which is listed fifth in this week's (Feb. 13) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings, visits nationally-ranked Hillsdale Thursday (Feb. 14) evening for a 6 p.m. (EST) league Valentine's Day contest in Hillsdale, Mich. FSU then returns home to host Lake Superior State Saturday (Feb. 16) with the "Think Pink Day" game beginning at 1 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. Tickets for Saturday's game will be available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff.
Both of this week's games can be heard live on Bulldog Radio. The station can be heard locally on television Channel 21 both via on-campus cable and Charter Communications in Mecosta County. In addition, a live 24-hour webcast of the signal is also available at www.bulldogradio.org.
Additionally, a live video and audio webcast of both games will be offered courtesy of B2 Networks for a pay-per-view cost of $6 per game and can be accessed via the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on B2 Networks icon).