FSU Women's Hoops Travels To LSSU & SVSU

Thursday, Jan. 5
Women's Basketball at Lake Superior State, 5:30 p.m.

Live Radio On Sunny 97.3 FM (Pregame at 5 p.m.)
Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live Lake Superior State PPV Video Webcast
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Saturday, Jan. 7
Women's Basketball at Saginaw Valley State, 5 p.m.
Live Online Coverage Only (No local radio - pregame at 4:45 p.m.)
Live Bulldog Sports Network Audio Broadcast
Live SVSU Video Webcast
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* The Games:
The Ferris State University women's basketball team resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action with a pair of league contests this week.  FSU visits Lake Superior State on Thursday (Jan. 5) for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) tilt and then travels to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 7) for a 5 p.m. (ET) game.  Ferris State is currently first in the GLIAC North Division standings.

* Home Ticket Info: Ferris State home basketball tickets are sold on gameday at Wink Arena and are $7 for adults or $5 for FSU faculty/staff, senior (ages 65+) and students K-12.  Current FSU students are admitted free by showing a valid student ID card.  For more ticket info, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit the official FSU website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

* Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play coverage.  They will also be accessible online.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered by the other schools.  Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow FSU games this year via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Ferris State women's basketball squad was picked to finish fifth in the 2011-12 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll. The Bulldogs received 83 points in voting by members of the media across the league.  Defending national runner-up Michigan Tech was tabbed to win the division after claiming the league crown last year with Ashland picked first in the GLIAC South poll.  FSU was the only team to beat Michigan Tech in league play a year ago (1/20/11) as the Bulldogs posted a 63-60 victory at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Last Season: The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record.  Last year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.  FSU placed fifth in the GLIAC North Division standings with an 8-11 league record.

* Ten Wins Or More: The Bulldogs have failed to win 10 games in a season only twice in the last 20 years and only once under coach Tracey Dorow. FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to 2009-10, but responded by winning 13 games a year ago.

* The Records: Ferris State (6-4, 4-1 GLIAC) has won four of its last six outings to date this campaign and is 2-2 overall in road contests entering the week.  Prior to the last two years, the Bulldogs had made 10-straight GLIAC Tournament appearances and advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
   
Lake Superior State (5-6, 1-3 GLIAC) has lost three of its last four games to date, but is coming off a 69-51 league home win over Saginaw Valley State in its last contest (Dec. 17).  The Lakers were 16-10 overall last year and posted a 13-6 conference mark.
   
Saginaw Valley State (3-8, 1-3 GLIAC) has lost five of its last six games heading into the week and coming off a 74-38 setback versus Northeastern State in the St. Edward's (Texas) New Year's Classic (Dec. 31).  The Cardinals host Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 5) prior to facing FSU.  They were 8-18 overall in 2010-11 and tallied a 5-14 league record.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 215-160 (.573) - (11-18 vs. LSSU, 19-7 vs. SVSU).  Dorow presently ranks as Ferris' all-time winningest coach.  She guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance in 1999-00. 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 and the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.
   
Lake Superior State – Justin Rees, 1st season.  The former Bulldog assistant coach took over the LSSU program this season. A Florida native who played basketball at Barry University, he was an assistant coach at Post University from 1999-02, Ferris State from 2002-07 and Maine from 2007-11. He was Maine's recruiting coordinator and worked on-court with post players. He was the associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and camps director at FSU.
   
Saginaw Valley State – Jamie Pewinski, 1st season at SVSU, 6th season overall. She took over as head coach at SVSU this season after serving five years in the same role at Lake Superior State.  She previously was LSSU's assistant coach for seven seasons and played collegiately at both Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State.

* Last Weekend: FSU dropped a pair of close regional home contests at Jim Wink Arena this past week as the Bulldogs returned from the holiday break.  FSU suffered a 65-55 setback versus Indianapolis on Friday (Dec. 30) before falling 67-65 to St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Saturday (Dec. 31). The Bulldogs built a 25-21 halftime advantage, but were outscored 44-30 in the final half by Indianapolis in Friday's game.  SJC forced 19 Bulldog turnovers and made 10-of-24 (41.7%) three's in the contest to earn the New Year's Eve win on Saturday.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 467-485 (.491) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II 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 and 2003-04, has posted 10 wins or more in 14 of the last 15 seasons.

* Great Season: Ferris State advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever in 2006-07 and was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to 2006-07 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 finish.

* Coaching Staff: Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow returns the bulk of her coaching staff for the 2011-12 campaign.  Kurt Westendorp returns for his second campaign as the assistant coach.  He formerly spent three seasons as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Albion. The Bulldogs' staff this season again includes Dorow's father, Rick Bloodworth, as a volunteer assistant coach for the sixth season.  Former Bulldog players Becci Houdek and Caitlin Carmody are serving as student assistants.

* National Leader: Senior guard Tricia Principe's .925 free throw percentage in 2009-10 marked the best single-season effort in school history and led the country.  Her 44 consecutive made free throws from Dec. 5 to Jan. 30 of that year also established a new school record. She connected on 86 of 93 attempts in '09-10.  Along with her school-record streak of 44 make's, Principe also had another streak of 21 in a row the same season.

* Welcome Back: Ferris State, under 14th-year head coach Tracey Dorow, returned three starters from a year ago in the senior trio of guards Tricia Principe, Kelsey DeNoyelles and forward Lindsey Pettit.

* Series History vs. LSSU: The Lakers maintain a 50-33 advantage heading into Thursday's 84th meeting. LSSU has won 16 of the last 23 meetings. Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow presently has a 11-18 career coaching mark versus LSSU.  Last year, the Lakers topped FSU by a 73-57 score in Big Rapids (1/16/11) followed by a 57-47 win in Sault Ste. Marie (2/3/11).

* Series History vs. SVSU: The Cardinals hold a 43-31 advantage entering Saturday's 75th encounter. FSU has won 19 of the last 25 meetings, including a 83-66 win in the most recent game (2/5/11) at Univ. Center, Mich.  SVSU won last year's initial meeting 67-60 in Big Rapids (1/8/11). FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently is 19-7 to date versus SVSU. The Bulldogs had lost five consectuvie games on the road at Saginaw Valley State prior to last year's win at O'Neill Arena.

* Looking At LSSU: Lake Superior State has lost three of its last four games to date, but is coming off a 69-51 league home win over Saginaw Valley State in its last contest (Dec. 17).  The Lakers were 16-10 overall last year and posted a 13-6 conference mark. First-year head coach Justin Rees' squad is 2-0 at home to date this campaign and paced in scoring by junior forward Maria Blazejewski (18.5 ppg.).

* Looking At SVSU: Saginaw Valley State has lost five of its last six games heading into the week and coming off a 74-38 setback versus Northeastern State in the St. Edward's (Texas) New Year's Classic (Dec. 31).  The Cardinals host Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 5) prior to facing FSU.  They were 8-18 overall in 2010-11 and tallied a 5-14 league record. New head coach Jamie Pewinski's team is led in scoring by Jasmine Woods (9.6 ppg.).

* Upcoming Schedule: FSU will play a pair of home games next week at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs host Urbana in their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 11, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (ET).  Ferris State then welcomes Northwood for a league game on Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 1 p.m. (ET).

* Miscellaneous Notes: FSU was paced in Friday's setback to Indianapolis by sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) with 16 points.  She also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Senior guard Tricia Principe added 11 points and four assists ...... Principe paced the Bulldogs with 18 points in Saturday's outing versus St. Joseph's (Ind.) and added three assists to go with an 11-of-12 showing at the line.  Freshman Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran) had her best game as a Bulldog with 16 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in addition to two blocked shots.  DeShone also reached double-digits with 16 points, three assists and two steals in the game.

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