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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will visit Northwood for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinal Game on Saturday, March 1. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich.
Media Coverage: The game can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter Communications Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. A live video and audio webcast will also be offered for Saturday’s game through B2 Networks and Northwood will provide live internet statistics. Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on internet event schedule for a complete list of all available links. Additional postseason media coverage beyond Saturday’s quarterfinal will be announced next week.
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available for the game at the door. Please contact the NU Athletics Office at (989) 837-4381 for more information on ticket sales for the game.
The Records: The Bulldogs concluded regular-season play with a 16-11 overall record and were 11-7 in GLIAC action. NU currently holds a 18-8 mark this campaign and placed tied for first in the GLIAC North Division with a 13-5 league slate. Michigan Tech also finished 13-5 in conference play, but earned the tiebreaker nod for the top seed over Northwood. FSU and Grand Valley State tied for third place with the Bulldogs claiming the third seed in the North by virtue of a season split with Michigan Tech.
The GLIAC Tourney: Four quarterfinal-round games will be played Saturday. The quarterfinal-round winners will advance to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals and finals set for Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, at the site of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament slated to be held March 14-17 at a location yet to be determined.
GLIAC Tourney Field: The other quarterfinal round games include Wayne State (#4 seed South) at Hillsdale (#1 seed South), Ashland (#3 seed South) at Gannon (#2 seed South) along with Grand Valley State (#4 seed North) at Michigan Tech (#1 seed North). The WSU-Hillsdale game will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. (EST) with the GVSU-MTU game slated to begin at 2 p.m. (EST). GU will host Ashland starting at 5:30 p.m. (EST). The top three teams from each division plus the next two best overall finishers earned tournament bids with each division receiving four nods this season. Hillsdale is the top seed overall in the event and would host the semifinals/finals by winning in the quarterfinal round.
FSU Tourney Notes: Ferris has posted a 6-9 overall record in nine previous league women's basketball tournament appearances. FSU, which will be making its ninth-straight women's berth in the GLIAC Tournament, defeated Lake Superior State 91-79 in last year’s (2/27/07) tournament quarterfinals at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs then suffered a 90-87 overtime setback in the semifinals (3/2/07) to Hillsdale in a game held at Erie, Pa. ........ Ferris and Northwood have never faced each other before in GLIAC Tournament play ........ FSU was the tourney runner-up in 1999-00 and 2003-04 ...... The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the sixth year in a row ....... The Bulldogs would host the semifinals/finals with a win over Northwood combined with losses by both Hillsdale and Michigan Tech in the quarterfinals ........... Ferris has dropped five of its last six GLIAC Tourney games heading into Saturday. FSU has made it past the quarterfinal round in four of its previous nine trips to the tourney.
Last Saturday Night: The Bulldogs suffered a narrow 69-62 loss to archrival Grand Valley State in last Saturday’s (Feb. 23) regular-season finale at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena while playing without senior All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) due to injury ............. Saturday’s halftime crowd was the largest crowd to ever witness a women's basketball game inside the new Jim Wink Arena estimated at 1,640 fans. Ferris drew a record sellout crowd of 2,430 fans for the men’s game by virtue of a “Pack The House” promotional effort ............. Saturday was also “Senior Night” as the Bulldogs honored guards Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson) and Sam Johns (Allendale) along with Rachel Folcik following their final regular-season home games at Wink Arena .............. The game was also played in front of the first-ever live television audience from the arena as FSU "filled up the Wink and made history" for the Senior Night and GLIAC regular-season finale doubleheader .................. The previous record crowds at Wink Arena for a Ferris basketball game were established last season (2/24/07) against the Lakers as 2,120 fans witnessed the men's basketball contest and an estimated 1,200 fans were present for the women's game.
Dawgs In Region: FSU dropped to eighth in this week’s (Feb. 27) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings. The Bulldogs, who were one of four GLIAC teams listed in the region’s top 10, previously were ranked fourth before dropping their final two regular-season games last week. Drury (Mo.) leads the regional poll with Hillsdale second and Missouri S&T third. Michigan Tech is listed seventh and Northwood 10th from the GLIAC this week. Regional tourney bids will be awarded March 8th.
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.
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.
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 174-108 (.617) 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.
GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris’ Rachel Folcik has received the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor twice this year and eight times in her career to date. 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 claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor (Nov. 16-17).
Bulldog Bites: Ferris has currently won 24 of its last 37 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. This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ....... The Bulldogs compiled a 9-2 overall record at home this year ......... Ferris presently owns a 9-2 record against teams with .500 records or worse entering its matchup with the Bulldogs this year.
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 the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
Folcik Closing In: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks second in school history with 1,682 career points and is only 39 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 a school-record 667 career made field goals. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.4 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 24 of her 25 contests while posting 11 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts. 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 427-433 (.497) 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 enters the tournament leading the GLIAC in scoring offense (73.8 ppg.), free throw % (.775), field goal % (.468), rebounding offense (40.7), assists (17.59), defensive rebounds (29.00) and 3-pt. field goal % defense (.298) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is second in scoring (20.1 ppg.) along with third in both free throw % (.830) and rebounding (8.4 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranks fifth nationally in team free throw % along with eighth in field goal % and 19th in assists while Folcik placed 18th in scoring and 38th in field goal %, according to the most recent (Feb. 25) NCAA-II National Statistics.
Academic All-American: FSU senior Rachel Folcik has been recognized as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division selection as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Folcik was the lone representative from a GLIAC or Great Lakes Region school named to any of the three Academic All-America teams. A student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Folcik is the third FSU women's basketball player to achieve Academic All-America First Team recognition since 2001 and the third Ferris student-athlete to claim such laurels in the 2007-08 athletics season.
Series Information: The Bulldogs registered a 68-63 triumph over the Timberwolves in this season's first meeting (Dec. 1) between the two teams at Midland, Mich. However, Northwood came back to post a 68-64 road triumph over FSU in the second meeting (Jan. 14) at Big Rapids, which snapped a 24-game series' losing streak to Ferris dating back to 1995-96 ......... Bulldog head coach Tracey Dorow currently owns a 19-1 career coaching mark against Northwood .......... The Bulldogs maintain a 42-13 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 22-5 (home), 20-7 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU ........ Northwood’s win earlier this year was its first over FSU since posting a 78-74 home win on Feb. 25, 1995, in Midland, Mich. Additionally, it marked only the fifth time in series’ history the Timberwolves beat Ferris on its home floor and represented its first-ever win at the new Jim Wink Arena. Ferris previously had swept NU 11 consecutive years.
Scouting Northwood: The Timberwolves are guided by fourth-year head coach Jeff Curtis and tied for their first-ever GLIAC North Division Championship this season. NU, which also received its first-ever Great Lakes Regional Ranking two weeks ago, is led by junior Megan Starnes, who ranks fifth in rebounding (7.5 rpg.) along with tied for eighth in scoring (15.0 ppg.) among the GLIAC leaders this year. Northwood has won five of its last six outings this campaign, including a 63-59 home win over rival Saginaw Valley State in last Saturday’s (Feb. 23) regular-season finale. The Timberwolves own a 9-4 overall record at home this year and rank second in the league in steals (10.62 spg.) in addition to third in offensive rebounds (13.46 pg.). Sophomore forward Jodi Ostergren is the GLIAC’s top offensive rebounder (3.69 pg.) to date. Northwood was 9-17 overall in 2006-07 and placed seventh (3-15) in the GLIAC’s North Division. The Timberwolves were picked to finish fifth in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll.