February 15, 2012

Bulldog Women Visit WSU & Findlay This Week

Thursday, Feb. 16
Women's & Men's Basketball at Wayne State, 5:30/7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 18
Women's & Men's Basketball at Findlay, 1/3 p.m.
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* The Games:
The Ferris State University women's basketball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) game in Detroit and then heads to Findlay on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a 1 p.m. (ET) league tilt.

* 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 calling the play-by-play action and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  They will also be accessible online at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com along with a live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics.  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 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 continue to rank first in the GLIAC North Division standings.  FSU holds a 13-2 conference mark while Michigan Tech is second (11-4) followed by Northern Michigan (6-9) going into this week.  Ashland heads the South Division and is the league's only unbeaten team (16-0) in league play.

* The Records: Ferris State (16-5, 13-2 GLIAC) has won 14 of its last 17 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.
   
Wayne State (11-12, 6-10 GLIAC) heads into Thursday's meeting on a three-game losing streak after a 62-59 league home setback to Northwood last Saturday (Feb. 11).  The Warriors were 10-16 overall last year and 6-10 in conference action.
   
Findlay (13-10, 7-9 GLIAC) has lost five of its last six contests overall heading into Thursday's (Feb. 16) conference home game against Grand Valley State, but is coming off a 85-64 victory at Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Feb. 11).  The Oilers posted a 17-10 mark a year ago and were 12-7 in league action.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 224-161 (.582).  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.
   
Wayne State – Carrie Lohr, 1th season at WSU.  Lohr took over the WSU program this season after serving as the head coach at St. Clair Community College the last nine years.  She also spent two years as an assistant coach at Oakland University.
   
Findlay – Kate Cummings, (6th season at UF, 17th season overall). Cummings previously led Ohio Northern University to four NAIA Tourney apperances, including a "Sweet 16" showing.

* Final Home Game: The Bulldogs' final regular-season home game is next Wednesday, Feb. 22, versus Hillsdale at Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET) and FSU will honor its three seniors prior to their final regular-season home contests.

* Showdown Saturday: Ferris State had its 10-game winning streak snapped by Ashland last Saturday (Feb. 11) as the Bulldogs suffered a 66-56 loss in a battle of ranked teams at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The Eagles came into the game fifth in the nation with FSU 25th.  It also pitted the leaders of the GLIAC North and South Divisions.

* Tough Ending: Three of FSU's final four remaining regular-season games are on the road and all four games come against team in the upper half of the league standings.

* Rankings Note: Ferris dropped out of the national rankings this week after being 25th last week prior to a loss to Ashland.  FSU is still the top team receiving votes with 51 points in the poll.

* Series History vs. WSU: The Bulldogs maintain a 33-26 series' advantage entering Thursday's 60th meeting, but fell to Wayne State by a 83-74 score in last year's only matchup (2/17/11) at Big Rapids. The two teams split two games in 2009-10 as the Warriors pulled out a narrow 69-63 win over the Bulldogs in the Motor City (1/21/10) before FSU won 61-53 at home (2/27/10). FSU's Tracey Dorow presently has a 13-3 career coaching record against the Warriors. Ferris has won 13 of the last 16 series' encounters.

* Series History vs. UF: The Bulldogs currently trail Findlay 9-7 all-time heading into Saturday's 17th meeting. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has won seven of the 15 meetings against UF during her head coaching career. However, the Oilers have won five of the last six matchups, including a 83-67 win last season (2/19/11) at Big Rapids.  They also topped FSU in 2009-10 by scores of 71-43 in the first matchup at Findlay (12/10/09) followed by a 72-58 road win at Ferris in the second contest (2/6/10).

* Scouting Wayne State: WSU holds an 11-12 overall record and is 6-10 in the GLIAC to date.  They head into Thursday's meeting on a three-game losing streak after a 62-59 league home setback to Northwood last Saturday (Feb. 11).  The Warriors were 10-16 overall last year and 6-10 in conference action.  First-year head coach Carrie Lohr's squad is paced in scoring by junior forward Phaebre Colbert (12.3 ppg.).

* Scouting Findlay: The Oilers are presently 13-10 overall and 7-9 in the GLIAC.  They've lost five of their last six contests overall heading into Thursday's (Feb. 16) conference home game against Grand Valley State, but are coming off a 85-64 victory at Ohio Dominican last Saturday (Feb. 11).  The Oilers posted a 17-10 mark a year ago and were 12-7 in league action.  Head Coach Kate Cummings' team is led in scoring by senior guard Clare Aubry (15.0 ppg.).

* FSU Cracked Rankings: The Bulldogs were listed 25th nationally last week in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll administered by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  Last week's ranking marked the first time FSU had been ranked nationally since finishing 25th in the final poll of the 2006-07 season.  That poll was released at the end of the 2006-07 season in which Ferris State reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen by winning a pair of games in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Additionally, FSU's ranking last week represented the first time the Bulldogs had been found among the nation's top 25 teams in a WBCA regular-season poll in almost 12 years.  The Bulldogs last were ranked in a regular-season poll at the 22nd spot on Feb. 29, 2000.

* Last Week: Ferris State split a pair of league games this past week at Jim Wink Arena.  FSU topped Lake Erie by a 56-53 score on Thursday (Feb. 9) before falling to nationally fifth-ranked Ashland 66-56 on Saturday (Feb. 11) in Big Rapids.

* Ten Wins Again: With 16 wins this season, the Bulldogs have now 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.

* Key Note: FSU finished league regular-season play this season with a perfect 6-0 mark against the GLIAC's three schools from Michigan's Upper Peninsula in LSSU, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.  It marked the first time in school history the Bulldogs had posted a clean sweep over all three U.P. teams in the same season.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 477-486 (.495) 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.

* Key Note: Bulldog senior guard Tricia Principe currently has scored 950 career points and needs only 50 more to become just the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career points mark.

* GLIAC Leaders: FSU is first in the league in field goal % defense (.358), rebounding defense (29.6 pg.) and rebound margin (+9.9).  FSU is also second in three-point % (.352) and free throw % (.775).  Senior Tricia Principe ranks second in free throw % (.906) while Christina Branch is seventh in rebounds (8.1 pg.).  Sarah DeShone is listed third in assists (4.2 pg.), seventh in steals (2.0 pg.) and seventh in scoring (15.0 pg.).

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