FSU's Principe Picks Up League Recognition
Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University women's basketball player Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) has claimed this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week honor after helping the Bulldogs to a sweep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last week.
Principe fueled the first-place Bulldogs to a key league sweep. The senior standout tallied a team-high 25 points and nailed five three-pointers while sinking two critical free throws with 8.8 seconds to play as FSU snapped Michigan Tech's 37-game homecourt winning streak with a 68-65 win over the 19th-ranked Huskies on Thursday (Jan. 19) night in Houghton.
She added nine points with a squad-best four assists as the Bulldogs rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Northern Michigan and complete the sweep on Saturday (Jan. 21) in Marquette. In addition, she hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to help clinch the win after NMU had cut a 17-point Bulldog lead down to only five points in the final minute.
Principe averaged 17 points, 3.5 rebounds 3.0 assists in the two games as FSU increased its GLIAC North Division lead over second-place Michigan Tech. She was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the two outings combined.
The Bulldogs have won six consecutive games and now hold a two-game lead over MTU in the GLIAC North Division standings following last week's action. FSU also owns the tiebreaker against the Huskies after having beat MTU twice this campaign.
FSU, which is 12-4 overall and 9-1 in league play, next hosts archrival Grand Valley State this Saturday (Jan. 28) at 1 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. It opens a five-game homestand for the division-leading Bulldogs.