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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team returns home for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests this week inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs will host Northern Michigan Thursday (Feb. 7) at 6 p.m. (EST). Ferris then takes on Michigan Tech Saturday (Feb. 9) with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST).
Think Pink: Ferris will support an important initiative sponsored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) by holding "Think Pink Day" in conjunction with FSU's league doubleheader against Lake Superior State next Saturday, Feb. 16, inside Jim Wink Arena. The WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. Game officials across the nation will also be blowing a commemorative pink whistle during "Think Pink Week", which runs from Feb. 8-17. The Bulldog women’s squad will celebrate "Think Pink Week" by wearing special pink attire including shoelaces, socks and tshirts for all home games between now and Feb. 16 to help support the cause.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally via Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter Communications Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. In addition, a live video and audio webcast will be available for both contests through B2 Networks for a $6 fee and can be found on the FSU athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports (click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics will also be available via the FSU website.
Ticket Info: Tickets for all 2007-08 Ferris home basketball games are available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more info on home ticket sales.
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.
The Standings: The Bulldogs are 8-4 in league play entering the week and trail Michigan Tech (10-2) by two games in the GLIAC North Division. Grand Valley State and Northwood are both tied with FSU (8-4) for second place in the division. Hillsdale tops the South Division with a current 10-2 mark. Ashland is second in the South at 7-4 in GLIAC action.
Home Sweet Home: The Bulldogs will play four of their final six GLIAC games inside the confines of Wink Arena starting this week. After this week, the Bulldogs will host Lake Superior State Saturday, Feb. 16, for a 1 p.m. (EST) GLIAC encounter. The Bulldogs take on Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale at home Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Dawgs In Region: FSU was listed seventh in this week’s (Feb. 6) NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings. The Bulldogs, who are one of four GLIAC teams listed in the region’s top 10, previously were ranked second in last week’s (Jan. 30) initial regional listing of the season.
Tough Trip For FSU: The Bulldogs, who have lost three-straight games, suffered back-to-back setbacks to conclude a four-game league road swing in Ohio last week. FSU fell 97-81 in Thursday’s (Jan. 31) game at Ashland before losing 80-77 Saturday (Feb. 2) at Findlay. The Bulldogs trailed by one and had a chance to play for the final shot in the loss at Findlay, but a turnover resulted in an Oiler layup at the buzzer. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) tallied a game-high 26 points at UF with junior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) adding 13 points, senior Sam Johns (Allendale) totaling 12 points and junior forward Jenna Guay (Escanaba) netting 11 points and 12 boards. Guay had 19 points, Hutchison scored 13 points while Folcik and junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) had 12 points at Ashland.
Make A Wish: Ferris will offer fans a chance to win a special prize and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the same time during both of this week's GLIAC basketball doubleheaders at Jim Wink Arena. Those fans in attendance at both Thursday's and Saturday's contests will be given an opportunity to attempt one shot from the free throw line for only $1 during halftime of both the men's and women's basketball outings on both days. If the shot is made, the winner will receive a special prize. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is being sponsored by both the FSU Athletics Department and the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Tickets will be sold at a table near the entrance of the gymnasium.
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.
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 171-105 (.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.
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.
Bulldog Bites: FSU’s overtime game at MTU in the last meeting between the two schools two weeks ago (Jan. 26) at Houghton was the school’s first extra session contest since falling to Hillsdale 90-87 in last year’s GLIAC Tourney Semifinals (3/2/07) at Erie, Pa. .... Ferris has currently won 21 of its last 31 games dating back to last season ........ Senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) has reached double-figure scoring in four of her last six contests ....... Ferris’ 67.3% shooting figure at NMU two weeks ago (Jan. 24) came up just shy of matching the school record 67.7% mark set last season (2/22/07) in a win over Marygrove at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena ........ This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ........ Ferris presently owns a 7-1 record against teams with .500 records or worse entering the contest.
The Bulldog Roster: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. 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 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.
Another Milestone: FSU’s Rachel Folcik notched her 1,600th career point in Saturday’s loss at Findlay and has moved into second place on FSU’s all-time scoring list. She has 1,601 career points to date and is only 120 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 (20.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.9 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 20 of 21 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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 424-430 (.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.
Statistics Leaders: Ferris currently leads the GLIAC in scoring offense (74.2 ppg.), free throw % (.776), field goal % (.463), rebounding offense (41.7), rebound margin (+5.6), assists (17.62) and defensive rebounds (29.76) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is second in scoring (20.1 ppg.) along with third in both free throw % (.848) and rebounding (8.9 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranked sixth nationally in team free throw % along with 18th in assists while Folcik placed 17th in scoring and 30th in free throw %, according to the most recent (Feb. 6) NCAA-II National Statistics.
Series Information: NMU holds a 38-19 series advantage and has won seven of the last 14 meetings versus Ferris. FSU’s Tracey Dorow currently has a 9-11 career coaching mark against the Wildcats and led FSU to a 81-66 victory in the most recent game two weeks ago (Jan. 24) at Marquette, Mich. ......... MTU maintains a 35-21 lead over the Bulldogs and has won 11 of the last 16 series’ encounters. Ferris split with the Huskies last year, but suffered a 75-74 overtime loss at MTU two weeks ago (Jan. 26). Dorow presently has a 6-14 career record against the Huskies.
Scouting NMU: Northern Michigan enters the week with a 8-12 overall ledger and a 3-9 GLIAC mark. NMU, which is directed by third-year head coach Troy Mattson, has dropped five of its last six outings to date this year following last Thursday’s (Jan. 31) 73-59 league setback at Lake Superior State. The Wildcats were 9-18 overall in 2006-07 and placed sixth (5-13) in the GLIAC’s North Division. NMU, which was picked to finish seventh in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, is led in scoring by senior forward Allison Carroll (14.9 ppg).
Scouting MTU: The Huskies enter Thursday’s (Feb. 7) league road game at Grand Valley State with a current 17-4 record and are 10-2 in GLIAC action. Michigan Tech, which is led in scoring by sophomore forward Katie Wysocky (15.9 ppg), was chosen third in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll. The Huskies, who are guided by fifth-year head coach John Barnes, were 19-9 overall during the 2006-07 campaign and compiled a fourth-place 12-6 GLIAC North Division record. MTU has presently won 11 of its last 12 games, including a 64-58 league triumph at Lake Superior State in its most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 2).