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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team visits Lake Superior State Saturday, Dec. 15, for a 1 p.m. (EST) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) outing in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The contest tips off at 1 p.m. (EST). The game represents FSU’s final league contest until the New Year.
Media Coverage: The game can be heard live on Bulldog Radio, which is available on the internet at www.bulldogradio.org or can be heard live on Charter Communications Channel 21 in Mecosta County. A live video and audio webcast will also be available for the game 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).
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door on gameday. For more information, please contact the Lake Superior State Athletics Department at (906) 635-2877. Saturday is NCAA Take a Kid to the Game Day at Lake Superior State and all children age 14 and under will be admitted for free if they are accompanied by an adult who purchases a ticket.
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.
Next Home Game: The Bulldogs’ next home contest at Jim Wink Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, when FSU hosts Wayne State for a 6 p.m. (EST) GLIAC outing in Big Rapids, Mich. Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour prior to tipoff.
One Game Next Week: Ferris wraps up the pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a trip to nationally-ranked Drury (Mo.) Wednesday, Dec. 20. Tipoff for the rematch of last year’s NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional final is set for 8 p.m. (EST) in Springfield, Mo.
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed seventh among other schools receiving votes in this week’s USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned 16 points. No GLIAC schools were listed in this week’s top 25 poll.
FSU Posts Road Win: Ferris State registered its fifth consecutive victory this campaign with a hard-fought 72-69 non-league road triumph over Tiffin last Saturday (Dec. 8) evening in GU's Gillmor Center at Tiffin, Ohio. The visiting Bulldogs opened the game by scoring nine of the first 10 points, but the win was far from easy as the game came down to the closing seconds. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. She was the lone FSU player to reach double-figure scoring. Ferris shot 53.8% (28-52) from the floor and was 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the free throw stripe. The Bulldogs limited Tiffin to a 24-of-59 (40.7%) shooting figure, but the Dragons hit nine treys compared to only two for the Bulldogs.
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. 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 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 164-98 (.626) 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 Players Of The Week: Ferris has had two players earn the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor to date this season. Rachel Folcik claimed the award Nov. 26 after helping the Bulldogs to two wins in the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge (Nov. 23-24) at Jim Wink Arena. It represented 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 this year’s first recipient on Nov. 19.
Let’s Go To Cali: Ferris will have a short holiday break after next week’s trip to Drury (Mo.) before the Bulldogs embark on a three-game trip to California. FSU will open the trip at Cal-State Dominguez Hills (Dec. 28) before visiting Cal-State San Bernardino (Dec. 29). The Bulldogs will conclude the trip at Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31).
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 14 of its last 17 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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 417-423 (.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 also claimed GLIAC Tournament runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons to date.
Scouting LSSU: The Lakers are currently 3-5 overall and 1-3 in GLIAC action this campaign following last Saturday’s (Dec. 8) 87-76 league home win over Mercyhurst. 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, senior guard Shalyn Beauchamp, is currently averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. She was voted this week’s GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for her efforts in two games last week.
Series Information: The Lakers maintain a 46-29 advantage heading into Saturday’s 76th meeting. LSSU has won 12 of the last 15 meetings, but dropped a 91-79 decision to FSU in the most recent game (2/27/07) during last year’s GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals at Big Rapids, Mich. The two teams split two regular-season games last year as LSSU defeated the Bulldogs 74-73 in the first meeting (12/18/06) at Big Rapids before the Bulldogs responded with a 76-66 victory (2/17/07) at Sault Ste. Marie. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently has a 7-14 career coaching mark versus Lake Superior State.