January 12, 2012

First-Place Bulldogs Host Northwood Saturday

Saturday, Jan. 14
Women's Basketball vs. Northwood, 1 p.m.

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* The Game: The Ferris State University women's basketball team resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action as the Bulldogs host the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday, Jan. 14, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (ET).

* 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: Saturday's game will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston calling all the action.  It will be accessible online as well at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered.  Visit 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.

* First Place In GLIAC: The Bulldogs currently rank first in the GLIAC North Division standings entering league play this week.  FSU holds a 6-1 conference mark and also owns a victory over Michigan Tech, which is second (4-2) in the division going into Thursday's (Jan. 12) outing at Lake Superior State.  Ashland is the league's only unbeaten team (6-0) in league play.

* The Records: Ferris State (8-4, 6-1 GLIAC) has won seven of its last nine outings to date this campaign and leads the GLIAC North Division standings with a 6-1 league mark.  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.
   
Northwood (7-7, 2-5 GLIAC) suffered a 52-47 league road setback at Grand Valley State on Wednesday (Jan. 11) night.  The Timberwolves have lost five of their last six outings to date this season.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 217-160 (.576).  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.
   
Northwood – Jeff Curtis,  8th season. Curtis led Northwood to its first NCAA Tournament berth three years ago and claimed GLIAC and WBCA Region IV Coach of the Year laurels in 2007-08 after helping Northwood to a share of its first-ever GLIAC North Championship.

* Wednesday Night Win: Ferris State claimed a decisive win in its final non-conference game of the 2011-12 campaign as the Bulldogs beat Urbana (Ohio) by an 82-47 count on Wednesday (Jan. 11) night at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs improved to 9-4 overall this campaign and won for the second time in as many series' matchups against the Blue Knights.  FSU posted a dominating 48-28 rebounding edge in the victory. Urbana fell to 4-9 overall after trailing only 37-26 at halftime.  However, FSU outscored the Blue Knights 45-21 over the final 20 minutes in notching their third consecutive triumph.

* Balanced Effort: Freshman forward center Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran) paced a balanced FSU lineup with 18 points in Wednesday's game, including the first six of the second half.  She added seven rebounds and made six-of-nine field goals along with six-of-eight free throws in the showing. FSU also received 10 points from junior guard Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio) to go with nine points each from senior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) and senior forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland).  Senior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Hearth) and sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) both chipped in eight points apiece as did sophomore forward Ashley Rando (Jackson/Northwest).

* First Kidz Day Event: Saturday's game marks the first of FSU's four Kidz Dayz events sponsored by Jet's Pizza.  All children in grades K-12 are free with a paid adult and a number of special kids activities will take place, including face painting, a bounce house, photos with Brutus the Bulldog and more.

* Series History vs. NU: The Bulldogs maintain a 48-16 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 24-6 (home), 24-9 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU.  Ferris beat Northwood twice in 2010-11 as the Bulldogs topped NU by a 81-79 score at FSU's Jim Wink Arena (12/11/10) and then recorded a 65-55 win in Midland (1/15/11). Ferris State has currently won seven of the last 11 meetings overall after NU had snapped a 24-game series' losing streak with a 68-64 victory in Big Rapids four years ago (1/14/08) for its first victory over FSU since 1995. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow owns a 25-4 career mark to date versus NU, which includes a 70-50 road win earlier this year (Dec. 10) in Midland.

* Looking At Northwood: Northwood is currently 7-7 overall and 2-5 in the conference after a 52-47 league road setback at Grand Valley State on Wednesday (Jan. 11) night.  NU was 15-12 overall a year ago and had a 12-9 conference record.  The Timberwolves have lost five of their last six games overall this season after starting the year by winning six of their first eight decisions. Savannah Stedman leads the squad with a 15.9 points per game average and is one of three players currently scoring in double-digits this season.

* Upcoming Schedule: FSU heads north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula next week to face Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan (Jan. 19 & 21).  The Bulldogs will face the Huskies on Thursday (Jan. 19) at 5:30 p.m. (ET) in Houghton before squarding off with NMU in Saturday's (Jan. 21) game at Marquette starting at 1 p.m. (ET).

* Last Weekend: Ferris State picked up its first win over Saginaw Valley State at SVSU's O'Neill Arena since 2004 with a 66-48 triumph in GLIAC action on Saturday (Jan. 7) evening in University Center, Mich. The Bulldogs had last beat the Cardinals on the road Dec. 11, 2004, and had dropped six-straight league road tilts inside O'Neill Arena prior to Saturday's victory. On Thursday (Jan. 5), the Bulldogs posted a 65-56 league road win at Lake Superior State, which came against first-year LSSU head coach Justin Rees, who formerly served as FSU's assistant coach from 2002-07 under head coach Tracey Dorow.

* The Leaders: Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone led FSU with a game-high 31 points against Saginaw Valley State last Saturday (Jan. 7) while freshman forward Christina Branch added 11 points.  DeShone hit 10-of-16 field goals, including six-of-10 three's, and also made five-of-six free throws in the stellar performance ...... Branch tallied a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead FSU in Thursday's win at Lake Superior State. Junior guard Kylie Muntz came off the bench and nailed four three-pointers to finish with 12 points while sophomore forward Nikki Arner (Ludington) also tallied 12 points.  DeShone added 10 points.

* The Last Meeting: A strong second half lifted Ferris to a decisive 70-50 GLIAC victory over Northwood in this year's first matchup (Dec. 10) at the Bennett Sports Center in Midland. FSU took an eight-point halftime advantage and then outscored the Timberwolves 40-28 over the final 20 minutes to notch the win. Ferris State led by as many as 33 points in the second half as FSU shot 53.3% in the second half while handing Northwood its first home loss of the year. Senior guard Tricia Principe led the Bulldogs with a game-high 21 points in the contest, including 18 in the opening half.  She hit five-of-seven three's in the game and was eight-of-14 from the floor in 32 minutes of action. Bulldog sophomore guard Sarah DeShone chipped in with 13 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals for FSU.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 470-485 (.492) 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.

* 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 Rankings: Ferris State currently ranks third in the nation this season in free throw percentage (80.9%).  Individually, Ferris' Tricia Principe ranked 12th prior to Wednesday's win (91.1%) overall.

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