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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball squad visits archrival Grand Valley State for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game Saturday (Jan. 12) evening inside GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena at Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs then host Northwood in league play Monday (Jan. 14) night at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Both games tipoff at 6 p.m. (EST).
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter TV Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. Saturday’s game will also be televised live in selected areas statewide by Comcast Local and a special free live video and audio webcast will be available from the NCAA and CSTV. A live video and audio webcast will be available for Monday’s home game through B2 Networks for a $6 fee. Live internet statistics will also be available for both games. The webcast/live stats links can all be found on the FSU Athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports (click on internet event schedule).
Ticket Info: Tickets for both games will be available at the door. For additional ticket information for Saturday’s game, please contact the GVSU Ticket Office at (616) 331-8800. All single-game general admission ticket prices for Monday’s home game against Northwood are $7 and will be sold starting one hour prior to tipoff. FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more info on home ticket sales.
FSU Wins Last Outing: Ferris came back from a nine-day layoff to record a 69-61 league win over Wayne State Wednesday (Jan. 9) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who were playing their first game of the New Year and first contest at home since Nov. 29, took a slim 37-32 halftime lead and outscored the Warriors 37-34 in the final period. The Bulldogs used a balanced effort as four players reached double-digit scoring. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) led the way with 19 points and 13 rebounds in a double-double effort. Junior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. In addition, both junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) and junior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) posted 10 points apiece in the victory. Ferris held Wayne State to a 31.3% (26-83) shooting figure and the Warriors made only five-of-26 (19.2%) attempts from three-point range.
Home Stretch: Wednesday’s game versus Wayne State opened a stretch of four home outings over five games in a little over a week for FSU. After Saturday’s visit to Grand Valley State, the Bulldogs return home for three more GLIAC games next week inside Wink Arena against Northwood (Jan. 14), Gannon (Jan. 17) and Mercyhurst (Jan. 19). Ferris played three home games in November before having none in December. The Bulldogs have four January home contests and will have four more regular-season home tilts in February.
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed among other schools receiving votes in this week’s (Jan. 8) USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned three points. No GLIAC schools were listed in the top 25 poll.
Trip To California: The Bulldogs dropped two of three games on a West Coast holiday trip to California. Ferris suffered a 63-60 loss at Cal-State Dominguez Hills (Dec. 28) and lost on a buzzer-beater at Cal-State San Bernardino (Dec. 29) in the second leg of the three-game trip. FSU closed the trip with a 83-73 New Year’s Eve win over nationally top-10 ranked NAIA member Azusa Pacific (Calif.). Prior to the trip, the Bulldogs had never played a team from the West Coast state in game action.
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.
This Season: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. FSU’s roster this season also includes seven freshmen, six of whom are new to the program as true freshmen.
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 167-101 (.623) 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.
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.
GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris’ Rachel Folcik received the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor just prior to the holiday break on Dec. 17, which represented the second time this year and eighth time in her career she's claimed the league weekly distinction. Folcik, who previously earned the award this campaign on Nov. 26, led the Bulldogs to their sixth consecutive victory of the season at Lake Superior State (Dec. 15) to claim the award. Folcik attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded in 2006-07.
Nothing New For FSU: A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior Jenna Guay claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor following her performance in the season-opening Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney (Nov. 16-17) prior to Folcik receiving the same award twice this year.
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.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris enters Saturday’s game at GVSU as the only GLIAC school without a league loss to date this season ....... FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason as the Bulldogs toppled Central Michigan 83-61 in Mount Pleasant (Nov. 1) ............... Ferris has currently won 17 of its last 23 games dating back to last season ........ Rachel Folcik has notched a double-double (points and rebounds) in nine games this year, including six of her last seven outings. She needs 50 points to notch her 1,500th career point ....... All four of FSU’s losses this year have came against teams with two or fewer losses, including two nationally top-five ranked squads in Delta State (Miss.) and Drury (Mo.) ....... The Bulldogs are 68-25 (.731) all-time inside Jim Wink Arena.
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 are serving as the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
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 during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 24). 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. In addition to the poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was among five individuals named to the North Division team and also chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Climbing The List: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks fifth in school history with 1,450 career points and is only 271 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.8 ppg) and rebounder (10.8 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 12 of 13 contests while posting nine 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 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 figure in FSU history.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 420-426 (.496) 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 claimed GLIAC Tourney runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons.
Series Information: GVSU holds a 48-22 advantage heading into Saturday’s 71st encounter. FSU has won only four of the last 10 series’ contests, but recorded a thrilling 64-64 triumph in last year’s regular-season finale (2/24/07) at Big Rapids, Mich. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 10-10 career coaching record against the Lakers ......... The Bulldogs maintain a 42-12 advantage over Northwood heading into Monday’s 55th series meeting. FSU has won 24 consecutive series’ games and beat NU 68-63 earlier this year (Dec. 1) at Midland, Mich. Dorow presently has a 19-0 career coaching record against the Timberwolves. Ferris State is 22-4 (home), 20-7 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) all-time to date versus NU.
Scouting GVSU: GVSU holds a 9-5 overall record and is 4-1 in the GLIAC entering Saturday’s game. The Lakers, under first-year head coach Janel Burgess, are led in scoring by senior guard Crystal Zick (13.3 ppg). The Lakers, who won the NCAA-II National Championship in 2005-06, finished 21-8 overall and a first-place 14-4 in GLIAC North Division action last campaign. Grand Valley State fell 72-48 in its most recent game at Michigan Tech (Jan. 5).
Scouting Northwood: NU’s currently 8-4 overall and 4-1 in GLIAC play this season heading into home games versus Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan this weekend (Jan. 10 & 12). Northwood, which is led in scoring by junior forward Megan Starnes (15.3 ppg), was 9-17 overall in 2006-07 and placed seventh (3-15) in the GLIAC’s North Division. The Timberwolves, who are guided by fourth-year head coach Jeff Curtis, were picked to finish fifth in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll.