Bulldogs Head North For Two GLIAC Games

Bulldogs Head North For Two GLIAC Games

Thursday, Jan. 19
Women's Basketball at Michigan Tech, 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 21
Women's Basketball at Northern Michigan, 1 p.m.
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* The Games: The Ferris State University women's basketball team heads to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Michigan Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Houghton.  The Bulldogs then face Northern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette, Mich.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley calling all the play-by-play action.  They will also be accessible online as well at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered by the host institutions.  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 periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with 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.  FSU holds a 7-1 conference mark while Michigan Tech is second (5-2) in the division heading into the week.  Ashland is the league's only unbeaten team (7-0) in league play.

* The Records: Ferris State (10-4, 7-1 GLIAC) has won eight of its last 10 outings to date this campaign and leads the GLIAC North Division standings with a 7-1 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.
Michigan Tech (11-3, 6-2 GLIAC) was ranked 19th nationally last week in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II poll.  The Huskies reached the NCAA Division II National Championship Game last year and finished with a 31-3 record as the national runner-up.  They have won their last four games overall and are 5-0 at home to date.
Northern Michigan (8-7, 4-4 GLIAC) has won its last two outings going into Thursday's (Jan. 19) home tilt versus Grand Valley State.  The Wildcats posted a 12-14 mark last season and were 7-12 in GLIAC play.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 218-160 (.577).  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.
Michigan Tech – Kim Cameron, 2nd season.  The former five-year MTU assistant coach took over last year for departed head coach John Barnes and led the Huskies to a league crown and national runner-up showing.  She was a four-year letterwinner at MTU from 2001-05.
Northern Michigan – Troy Mattson, 7th season. The former NMU longtime men's basketball assistant coach guided the Wildcats to an impressive 22-10 mark and a NCAA Tourney berth two years ago.

* Super Saturday Victory: FSU delighted the home fans as the Bulldogs romped to an impressive 78-44 GLIAC triumph over visiting Northwood on Saturday (Jan. 14) afternoon inside Jim Wink Arena. The victory was FSU's second over Northwood this season. Ferris State jumped out to a seven-point lead only five minutes into the contest and led by 20 (40-20) at halftime.  FSU pushed the advantage to as many as 34 points with 7:03 to play and Northwood never managed to get within 30 the rest of the way. Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) led the way with a game-high 18 points, senior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) added 14 points, sophomore forward Nikki Arner (Ludington) totaled 12 points and junior guard Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio) chipped in 11 points.

* 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 last Wednesday (Jan. 11) night at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Series History vs. MTU: MTU holds a 40-25 series edge entering Thursday's 66th encounter and has won 16 of the last 25 series' matchups overall.  The Huskies beat the Bulldogs 64-43 last year (12/18/10) in Houghton before FSU came back to record a 63-60 upset over then eighth-ranked MTU in Big Rapids (1/20/11).  The loss was the only league setback for Michigan Tech last season.  This year, Ferris State recorded a 71-56 win over then seventh-ranked MTU in the first matchup at FSU's Jim Wink Arena (Dec. 18).

* Looking At Michigan Tech: Nationally 19th-ranked Michigan Tech presently holds a 11-3 overall record and is 6-2 in the GLIAC to date this year under second-year head coach Kim Cameron.  The Huskies reached the NCAAII Elite Eight for the third-straight year a season ago and posted a second consecutive 31-3 overall mark to reach the national title game.  They've won four games in a row are are coming off a 59-42 road win at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 14).  Junior guard Sam Hoyt leads two players in double-figures at 14.4 points per game.

* Series History vs. NMU: NMU holds a 41-24 series advantage although FSU has won 12 of the last 22 meetings overall. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 14-14 career coaching mark against the Wildcats. Last season, NMU topped FSU 75-56 (12/19/10) in the U.P. before the Bulldogs came back to win 74-44 (1/22/11) in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs registered a 54-38 win in the first matchup this year at FSU's Jim Wink Arena (Dec. 19).

* Looking At NMU: Northern Michigan heads into Thursday's (Jan. 19) home tilt versus Grand Valley State at 8-7 overall and 4-4 in league play. NMU was 22-10 overall two years ago and reached the NCAA-II Tournament before posting a 12-14 record in 2010-11.  The are coming
off a 55-36 road win at Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 14). Senior guard Chelsea Lyons currently leads the Wildcats in scoring at 12.1 points per game.

* Ten Wins Again: With Saturday's victory over Northwood, the Bulldogs won their 10th game of the 2011-12 campaign.  The Bulldogs have failed to win 10 games in a season only twice in the last 21 years and only once under coach Tracey Dorow. FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to 2009-10. The Bulldogs bounced back to win 13 games a year ago.

* Miscellaneous Notes: Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone led FSU with a personal career-high 31 points against Saginaw Valley State (Jan. 7) as the Bulldogs posted their first road win at SVSU's O'Neill Arena since 2004 ...... The Bulldogs have won their last four games in a row this campaign ...... FSU has beat Michigan Tech in back-to-back seasons at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids as the Bulldogs were the only team to beat the Huskies in league competition during the 2010-11 season ...... Freshman forward Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran) paced a balanced lineup with 18 points in last Wednesday's win over Urbana, 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. FSU also received 10 points from Kylie Muntz.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs return home to Jim Wink Arena and will square off against rival Grand Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 28.  Tipoff for the league doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. (ET).  Last year, a record sellout crowd of 2,443 fans attended the league doubleheader.

* Kidz Day Event: Next Saturday's game versus Grand Valley State marks the second 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.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 471-485 (.493) 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.