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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women's basketball squad first hits the hardwood with an exhibition contest Thursday, Nov. 1, at NCAA Division I Central Michigan starting at 7 p.m. (EDT) inside CMU's Rose Arena at Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Media Coverage: No media coverage is currently planned for Thursday’s exhibition contest.
Ticket Info: Tickets for the exhibition contest can be obtained at the door. For questions, or to contact the CMU Athletics Ticket Office directly, call 1-888-FIRE-UP2 or (989) 774-3045.
About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Season Opener: The Bulldogs are officially slated to open the 2007-08 campaign Friday, Nov. 16, against the host school in the Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tip-Off Tourney with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) in Quincy, Ill. Delta State (Miss.) and Minnesota-Duluth will also be in the field and meet in the early game at 6 p.m. (EST). The consolation and championship games are set for Saturday at 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. (EST), respectively.
Last Campaign: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from one of the most successful seasons in school history. Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever last season, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to last year 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.
Back In The Mix: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. Although the squad lost a trio of key players in guards Kristin Reinhart and Erin Miller along with forward Audrey Thwing, the returnees include three players with significant starting experience in senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau), senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) and junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia). Folcik started all 32 contests last year, Johns made 22 starts and Thelen was in the lineup 14 times.
Welcome To Campus: FSU’s roster this season includes seven freshmen, six of whom are new to the program as true freshmen. The Bulldogs also have one redshirt freshman in guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart). The remaining eight players all saw game action last season.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tenth-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 158-97 (.620) 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 last season’s run to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Coaching Staff: The Bulldogs have a new full-time assistant coach this season in Crystal Harris, who played collegiate basketball at the University of California-Riverside. She also has professional playing experience and replaced former assistant coach Justin Rees, who landed a NCAA Division I assistant coaching position at Maine in August. Coach Dorow’s father, Rick Bloodworth, returns for his second season as a volunteer assistant coach following a lengthy tenure as a junior college coach at Lake Michigan College from 1987 to 2006.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 411-422 (.493) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament and
recorded the nation’s highest grade point average in 1999-2000. FSU, which also claimed GLIAC Tournament runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons to date.
The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2007-08 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen. Seven of the 15 players are guards while the remaining eight are frontcourt players. Fourteen of the 15 players on the roster hail from Michigan. Rachel Folcik and Teghan Thelen will serve as the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
Going Back Home: Redshirt freshman guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) will return to her hometown of Mount Pleasant for Thursday night’s contest. She completed her final prep season at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy during the fall 2005 season for head coach Mark DeNoyelles, her father. She attained both first-team Detroit Free Press and honorable mention Detroit News Class D All-State kudos as a prep senior. The four-time all-league honoree guided Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart to three-straight conference and district championships from 2002-04 while twice serving as team captain.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris’ home opener at Jim Wink Arena is set for Friday, Nov. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (EST) versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the two-day GLIAC/GLVC Challenge at Big Rapids ..... Ferris State’s 2007-08 GLIAC opener is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, versus Saginaw Valley State beginning at 6 p.m. (EST) in Wink Arena.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games this season. The cost is $6 per game 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 2007-08 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: FSU women’s basketball (GLIAC games only) will be carried live this season 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.
Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced Wednesday (Oct. 24) during the league's media day teleconference. The poll was chosen for the first time in league history by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Grand Valley State and Gannon to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. The Bulldogs totaled 163 points in the balloting and trailed only GVSU's first-place 195 points in the North Division. The Lakers earned 20 of a possible 30 first-place votes with FSU receiving four top votes and third-place Michigan Tech earning six such votes to go along with 158 points.
Preseason Honors: In addition to the preseason media poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was not only among five individuals named to the North Division team, but additionally was chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Returning Impact: As a junior last season, Rachel 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. 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 in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. 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 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Women’s Basketball College Division Second Team pick, 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. A team captain, 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.
Tops On 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.
Coaching 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 second 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 first 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.
Going Up A Notch: The Bulldogs are currently 2-1 overall under head coach Tracey Dorow in regular-season games against NCAA Division I opponents after dropping a 95-67 decision at Western Illinois two years ago (11/24/04) in Macomb, Ill. FSU previously posted an 85-84 triumph at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) in 2002-03 (11/27) and also defeated Central Michigan 67-60 on the road in 1999-00 (12/29) under Dorow.
Not A New Challenge: This year marks the fourth consecutive year the Bulldogs have squared off against an NCAA Division I opponent in exhibition play. Last season (11/12/06), Ferris suffered a hard-fought 68-47 loss versus Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 96-45 decision to Notre Dame in an exhibition game two years ago (10/10/05) at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.
Last Time In Mount Pleasant: Ferris suffered an 81-72 setback to Central Michigan in its most recent exhibition game against the Chippewas during the 2004-05 campaign (10/11/04) in Mount Pleasant. FSU held a two-point halftime advantage and led by eight points at one point.
Bulldog Facts: FSU maintains a 2-16 all-time record in regular-season action versus current NCAA Division I schools from the state of Michigan, which includes Western Michigan (0-4), Central Michigan (2-4), Detroit (0-3), Eastern Michigan (0-4) and Michigan (0-1) ....... The total excludes games versus current Division I member Oakland, which previously was an NCAA-II member of the GLIAC. Ferris is currently 8-42 all-time versus Oakland ........ FSU also suffered an 89-64 exhibition setback at NCAA-I Kent State (Ohio) during the 2001-02 campaign (11/16).
Chippewa Notes: The Chippewas hold a 4-2 all-time series advantage over the Bulldogs in regular-season action. However, FSU has won two consecutive regular-season series’ meetings to date and posted a 67-60 triumph in the last regular-season contest (12/29/99) at Mount Pleasant, Mich. FSU is 1-1 (home) and 1-3 (road) all-time versus CMU in games that officially count. CMU won the initial four series’ meetings from 1978-82 .......... CMU returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s 11-19 squad and opens up the regular season against Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 9 at Rose Arena. The Chippewas will also host Aquinas College (Nov. 4) in exhibition play ......... The Chippewas will be directed by first-year head coach Sue Guevara. They were picked to finish sixth in the 2007-08 Mid-American Conference West Division Preseason Poll. Three starters return this campaign.