FERRIS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DENIED NCAA TOURNEY BID
Bulldogs Not Among Eight Regional Teams In Sunday's Selections
The Ferris State University women's basketball squad saw its season officially come to an end Sunday (March 9) evening as the Bulldogs were not among the teams chosen to compete in the 2008 NCAA Division II Tournament as announced live over the internet via the national selection show.
Eight teams were picked to take part in next weekend's (March 14-17) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional as part of the 64-team national bracket. However, the Bulldogs were not included as the eight regional schools featured only two teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in Hillsdale and Michigan Tech. Six other schools came from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with conference champion Drury (Mo.) picked to host the regional in Springfield, Mo.
Ferris was listed seventh in the latest NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings prior to this past Friday's (March 7) 56-45 loss to Ashland in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Houghton, Mich.
FSU wrapped up the season with a 17-12 overall record this campaign 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 last Saturday (March 1) in Midland before dropping Friday's semifinal contest.
The Bulldogs lose three seniors from this season's squad in All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) along with guards Sam Johns (Allendale) and Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson). Folcik, who was hampered by a stress fracture the last three weeks of the season, concluded her career only 16 points shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU.
FSU had made three previous trips to the NCAA-II Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last season (2006-07) before falling to Drury in the regional final at Romeoville, Ill. The Bulldogs had never won a national tournament game prior to last year's wins over Northern Kentucky and Gannon in the first two rounds of the regional tournament hosted by Lewis University. Ferris garnered its first NCAA berth in 1999-00 and also previously earned a bid in 2003-04.
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