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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action by hosting Saginaw Valley State Thursday, Nov. 29, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside FSU’s Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs then take on Northwood Saturday, Dec. 1, in a 6 p.m. (EST) league tilt at Midland, Mich.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter TV Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. In addition, a live video and audio webcast will be available for both games through B2 Networks for a $6 fee. The webcast can be acccessed via the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on B2 Networks icon). “Live Stats” will also be available on the FSU website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on Live Stats icon) for Thursday’s game. Northwood will provide “live stats” via the interent on Saturday
Ticket Info: Tickets for all 2007-08 Bulldog basketball home games will be available at the door one hour prior to tipoff. Single-game general admission ticket prices are $7 while FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more information. To obtain ticket information for Saturday’s game at Northwood, please call the NU Athletics Office at (989) 837-4381.
FSU Unbeaten In GLIAC/GLVC Event: Ferris finished as the lone unbeaten team in its own GLIAC/Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Challenge as the Bulldogs recorded a 73-69 win over Kentucky Wesleyan to wrap up the two-day event last Saturday (Nov. 24) evening inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs, who defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday (Nov. 23), posted a 2-0 mark in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge. Lake Superior State and SIUE both finished 1-1 overall while Kentucky Wesleyan was 0-2 in the event. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) averaged 22 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two contests for FSU. Ferris improved to 6-2 all-time versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and remained unbeaten in program history (3-0) against Kentucky Wesleyan with the two weekend victories.
Big Exhibition Win: The Bulldogs toppled NCAA Division I Central Michigan in exhibition play (Nov. 1) by registering a convincing 83-61 victory over the Chippewas at CMU's Rose Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Hot shooting and solid defense proved lethal as the Bulldogs connected on 51.8% (29-56) from the floor while holding Central Michigan to a 26.7% (23-86) success rate in field goals. Rachel Folcik led all scorers with 25 points and also in rebounds by grabbing 14 boards. Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) was the other Ferris player to record double digits in scoring with 18 points and eight rebounds. Ferris raced out to a 17-point (39-22) halftime lead and never looked back as the Bulldogs outscored the hosts 44-39 in the second half.
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.
Welcome Back: 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, senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) and junior guard Teghan Thelen. Folcik started all 32 contests last year, Johns made 22 starts and Thelen was in the lineup 14 times.
New 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 161-98 (.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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 414-423 (.495) 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.
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: FSU’s Rachel Folcik was named this week’s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor earlier this week after helping the Bulldogs to two wins in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge. Folcik averaged 22 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two contests for FSU. She netted a team-high 20 points and a game-best 10 rebounds along with five assists in the win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Folcik then recorded a game-high 24 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and dished out six assists as FSU topped Kentucky Wesleyan. Folcik converted 16-of-32 (.500) shots in the two games, including a two-of-three (.667) performance from behind the three-point stripe. Additionally, she was 10-of-12 (.833) from the free throw stripe. This week’s recognition represents the seventh time Folcik has claimed the award in her career and the second consecutive week a Bulldog player earned the honor this year as junior forward Jenna Guay (Escanaba) was chosen as last week’s (Nov. 19) recipient.
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: FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason ............... The Bulldogs will be on the road the entire month of December as the schedule features no home games in the month ............. Ferris has currently won 11 of its last 14 games dating back to last season.
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.
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. 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 and 158 points. 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 not only among five individuals named to the North Division team, but was also 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.
Scouting SVSU: SVSU owns a 2-1 record this season and last defeated Central State (Ohio) 71-52 in non-league play last Tuesday (Nov. 20) at University Center, Mich. The Cardinals’ lone loss this year came 82-78 in overtime at Shaw (N.C.) in their second game (Nov. 17) this campaign. Senior guard Brittany Burns is averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game this season. SVSU was picked sixth in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll after posting a fifth-place 8-10 divisional mark a year ago. Saginaw Valley State was 11-16 overall last season. SVSU is led by fourth-year head coach Vonnie Killmer.
Scouting NU: Northwood is presently 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC following Wednesday’s (Nov. 28) 81-66 conference-opening home win over Lake Superior State. Northwood, which is led in scoring by junior forward Megan Starnes (15.4 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. NU has won three-straight contests to date this season.
Series Information: The Cardinals hold a 40-26 advantage entering Thursday’s 67th encounter. FSU has won 15 of the last 17 meetings, but suffered a 72-50 setback in the most recent game (1/31/07) at University Center, Mich. The two teams split a pair of meetings last campaign as Ferris recorded a 82-71 triumph at Wink Arena (12/2/06). FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently is 15-3 to date versus SVSU .............. The Bulldogs maintain a 41-12 advantage over Northwood heading into this Saturday’s 54th series meeting. FSU has won 23 consecutive series’ games and beat NU 108-75 in the last meeting (2/3/07) last year at Big Rapids, Mich. Dorow presently has a 18-0 career coaching record against the Timberwolves. Ferris State is 22-4 (home), 19-7 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) all-time to date versus NU.