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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team hits the road for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest against the nationally 22nd-ranked Hillsdale Chargers Thursday (Feb. 14) in Hillsdale, Mich. Tipoff for the Valentine’s Day outing is set for 6 p.m. (EST). Ferris then hosts Lake Superior State in league action Saturday (Feb. 16) inside FSU’s Jim Wink Arena starting at 1 p.m. (EST) in Big Rapids, Mich. Both games will be the first contest of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.
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 Saturday’s game versus LSSU. The WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. Game officials across the nation are blowing a special pink whistle during "Think Pink Week", which runs from Feb. 8-17. The Bulldog women’s squad will celebrate "Think Pink Day" by wearing special pink attire including shoelaces, socks and tshirts. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the local Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Fund. All surviving cancer patients are encouraged to attend the game for free and everyone is asked to wear pink.
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 for Saturday’s home game only.
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. For more info on tickets for the Hillsdale game, please contact the HC Athletics Office directly at (517) 437-7364.
The Standings: The Bulldogs, who have already clinched a ninth-straight GLIAC Tournament berth, are currently 10-4 in the GLIAC entering the week and trail Michigan Tech (11-3) by only one game in the GLIAC North Division. Northwood is also 10-4 in the GLIAC with Grand Valley State presently fourth (9-5). Hillsdale tops the South Division with a current 12-2 mark. Wayne State is second in the South at 8-6 in GLIAC action.
One More Week: The Bulldogs will play two of their final four GLIAC regular-season games inside the confines of Wink Arena starting this week. Next week, the Bulldogs visit Saginaw Valley State Thursday (Feb. 21) for a 8 p.m. (EST) league tilt in University Center, Mich. Ferris then hosts archrival Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale Saturday, Feb. 23, with the league home tilt starting at 7:30 p.m. (EST).
Dawgs In Region: FSU was listed seventh in last week’s (Feb. 6) NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings. The Bulldogs, who were one of four GLIAC teams listed in the region’s top 10, previously were ranked second in the initial (Jan. 30) regional listing of the season.
Home Sweep: The Bulldogs swept Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech in league home play last week. FSU beat NMU 64-59 in Thursday’s (Feb. 7) game before upsetting nationally 20th-ranked MTU 70-58 Saturday (Feb. 9). The Bulldogs outscored Michigan Tech 24-8 in the last eight minutes of the game to notch the win behind a 32-point effort from senior All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau). Folcik scored 11 of her points over a four-minute span late in the game. Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) joined her in double-figures with 11 points as FSU pulled within a game of the Huskies in the divisional standings. Folcik had a team-high 11 points and junior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) netted 10 points against NMU.
Saturday Full Of Events: Ferris will also be holding "Health Care Awareness Day" in conjunction with Saturday’s home games. As part of the day's activities, health informational and screening events will be conducted free of charge for fans attending the day's contests from 1-8 p.m. (EDT) inside the facility. Displays and materials will be available for those interested in a variety of medical areas including diabetes, immunizations, heartburn, hypertension, oral health and eye health. In addition, diabetes, hypertension, oral cancer and general health screenings will be performed by students and professional staff from various FSU colleges.
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 173-105 (.622) 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 attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded in 2006-07. A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior forward Jenna Guay (Escanaba) claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor following her performance in the season-opening Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney (Nov. 16-17).
Bulldog Bites: Ferris has currently won 23 of its last 33 games dating back to last season ........ FSU has won 15 or more games in four of the last five years to date, including three-straight campaigns after Saturday’s win over Michigan Tech. This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ....... Teghan Thelen recorded her 500th career point against Michigan Tech ....... The Bulldogs are presently 8-1 overall at home this year ......... Ferris presently owns a 8-1 record against teams with .500 records or worse entering its matchup with the Bulldogs this year ............ FSU will attempt to sell out Jim Wink Arena for the first time as “Pack The House” night will be held and a variety of special activities will take place during the regular-season finale versus GVSU next Saturday. For the first time, the game will be carried live locally in addition to the internet as the Ferris Television and Digital Media Production program will broadcast the game. Visit www.ferris.edu/sports for more information.
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.
The GLIAC Tourney: The annual GLIAC Postseason Tournament will begin with four quarterfinal-round games at campus sites Saturday, March 1. The top remaining seed will host the semifinals/finals Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, with the tournament winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional March 15-18. The top three teams in each division plus the next two best finishers will qualify for the annual postseason tourney. FSU has already clinched a ninth-straight GLIAC Tournament berth this season.
Another Milestone: FSU’s Rachel 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. 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 the win over MTU. 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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 426-430 (.498) 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 (73.6 ppg.), free throw % (.777), field goal % (.464), rebounding offense (41.0), assists (17.61), defensive rebounds (29.39) and 3-pt. field goal % defense (.302) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is second in scoring (20.2 ppg.) along with third in both free throw % (.835) and rebounding (8.7 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranked sixth nationally in team free throw % along with ninth in field goal % and 17th in assists while Folcik placed 16th in scoring and 30th in field goal %, according to the most recent (Feb. 11) NCAA-II National Statistics.
Series Information: Ferris holds a 32-18 series edge entering Thursday’s game at Hillsdale, but dropped a 90-87 overtime decision to the Chargers in the most recent game during last year’s GLIAC Tournament Semifinals (3/2/07) at Erie, Pa. The teams have split the last 12 series’ matchups overall and FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 6-6 career coaching mark versus HC ............. The Lakers maintain a 46-30 advantage heading into Saturday’s 77th meeting. LSSU has won 12 of the last 16 meetings, but dropped a 85-76 decision to FSU earlier this year (Dec. 15) at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Dorow presently has a 8-14 career coaching mark versus LSSU.
Scouting HC: Hillsdale, which is coached by seventh-year head coach Claudette Charney, is presently 19-3 overall and 12-2 in the GLIAC this year after Saturday’s (Feb. 9) 90-55 league win at Mercyhurst. The Chargers compiled a 19-9 overall record and a second-place 12-5 GLIAC mark in 2006-07. Junior forward Katie Cezat presently leads the GLIAC in both scoring (22.9 ppg.) and rebounding (12.5 rpg.) to date this year. HC, which was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 GLIAC South Division Preseason Poll, has won seven-straight games to date this year. HC was second in last week’s regional rankings and is ranked 22nd nationally this week.
Scouting LSSU: The Lakers are currently 9-13 overall and 5-9 in GLIAC action this campaign heading into Thursday’s (Feb. 14) league road game at Grand Valley State. Last year, the Lakers compiled an 18-9 overall record and finished tied for second place (13-5) with FSU in GLIAC North Division play. LSSU is coached by second-year head coach Jamie Pewinski, who previously was a Laker assistant coach for seven years. The team’s leading scorer, junior center Jaclyn Armstorng, is currently averaging 12.2 points per contest. LSSU’s most recent game entering this week’s trip was a 64-58 home setback to Michigan Tech (Feb. 2).