Women's Basketball Heads To Ohio For First Two GLIAC Games

Women's Basketball Heads To Ohio For First Two GLIAC Games

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* The Games: The Ferris State women's basketball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Lake Erie on Thursday, Nov. 29, for a 8 p.m. (ET) league opener in Painesville, Ohio.  The Bulldogs then face nationally top-ranked Ashland on Saturday, Dec. 1, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (ET) in Kates Gymnasium at Ashland, Ohio.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. For additional info on ticket sales, please contact the LEC and AU Athletics Offices at (440) 375-7480 or (419) 289-5954, respectively.

* Media Coverage: Both games will be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to the men's tipoff.  Rob Bentley will call the action. A live audio broadcast will be accessible online while the opposing schools will provide live internet statistics and video.  For a complete listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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

* First Win Of Year: The Bulldogs picked up their first victory of the 2012-13 campaign and earned the first win under new head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate with a 62-58 triumph over Kentucky State in the consolation game at the United Electric Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 10 in Louisville, Ky. FSU, which suffered a 59-51 setback to Cedarville (Ohio) in the opening game of the event (Nov. 9), bounced back from its season-opening defeat to top the Thorobrettes at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall. Ferris State received 16 points each from both junior guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) and sophomore forward Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran) in earning the victory.

* Last Time Out: Ferris State battled the Indianapolis Greyhounds close for part of the way, but fell short in a showdown of nationally-ranked teams in its most recent game (Nov. 17) as FSU dropped a 72-53 road decision in non-league play at Nicoson Hall in Indianapolis. The then nationally 24th-ranked Bulldogs built an early nine-point lead in the first half and trailed 11th-ranked Indianapolis by only four points, 34-30, at the break before the Greyhounds pulled out the win. Junior guard Sarah DeShone tallied 18 points for the Bulldogs in the setback while sophomore center Hannah Hoffman (Okemos) totaled 11 points and had six rebounds.

* The Records: Ferris State (1-2, 0-0 GLIAC) finished the 2011-12 women's basketball season with a 23-7 overall record, which matched the school record set previously in 2006-07 for most wins in a campaign. Last year marked the 15th time in the last 16 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.  FSU also reached the semifinals at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament last year.
Lake Erie (2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) owns a 2-1 overall mark to date this campaign after a 82-41 non-league home win over Ursuline on Monday (Nov. 26) night and a 65-52 home setback to Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Saturday (Nov. 24).  The Storm posted a 16-11 overall record a year ago and a 10-9 GLIAC mark.
Ashland (6-0, 0-0 GLIAC) has won its first six games of the season after recording an impressive 33-2 overall mark a year ago and reaching the national championship game.  The Eagles, who are ranked number one in the nation, host Grand Valley State in their league opener on Thursday before facing FSU.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 1st season, 1-2 (.333) - (0-0 vs. LEC, 0-0 vs. AU).  A veteran coach with 26 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches prior to her FSU arrival, Lamoreaux-Tate most recently spent the last seven years as the varsity girls basketball coach at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she guided the Cougars to a 167-19 cumulative record.
Lake Erie – Bob Booher, 8th season at LEC. A 40-year coaching veteran, Booher is the program's winningest coach. He previously spent 35 years as an employee at Lakeland CC, including six as the program's head women's basketball coach.
Ashland – Sue Ramsey (Miami, Ohio, 1978), 18th season at AU, 26th season overall. Ramsey has more wins than any coach in school history and has led the Eagles to the NCAA-II Tourney three times. Previously, she spent eight years as head coach at NCAA-I Dayton (Ohio) and was a collegiate assistant at several schools.

* Reigning GLIAC Champs: The Ferris State women's basketball program began a new era this seaosn under first-year head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate by returning eight players from a squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament and also won the GLIAC North Division last season.

* Home Opener: The Bulldogs will not play their first regular-season home game until hosting Ohio Dominican next Thursday (Dec. 6) in league play at Jim Wink Arena.  Overall, FSU has 11 league regular-season home tilts this campaign.

* Preseason All-GLIAC: A pair of Bulldog women's players were named to the 2012-13 All-GLIAC North Division Preseason First Team in junior guard Sarah DeShone and sophomore forward Christina Branch. FSU had two of the five players chosen to the preseason All-North team.

* Returning All-American: Ferris State's Sarah DeShone earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Honorable Mention All-America honors for her efforts on the hardwood last year. DeShone averaged 14.1 points and 4.6 assists per contest in 2011-12.

* Scouting LEC: Lake Erie currently owns a 2-1 overall mark heading into Thursday's league opener.  The Storm posted a 82-41 home win over Usruline in non-league play on Monday (Nov. 26) night.  LEC posted a 16-11 overall mark in 2011-12 and was 10-9 in GLIAC play as a second-year conference member.  They are coached by Bob Booher and paced in scoring by senior forward Ashar Harris (17.7 ppg.).

* Scouting AU: Nationally top-ranked Ashland maintains a 6-0 record to date heading into a matchup versus Grand Valley State on Thursday (Nov. 29) prior to facing FSU.  The Eagles were an 81-51 winner at home over Mercyhurst on Sunday (Nov. 25) to claim the Ashland Holiday Classic.  AU posted a 33-2 mark in 2011-12 and reached the national title game after winning the GLIAC South with a perfect 19-0 league mark.  Head coach Sue Ramsey's team is led in scoring by senior forward and returning GLIAC Player of the Year Kari Daugherty (25.5 ppg.).

* FSU vs. Lake Erie: Thursday's game marks the third-ever series' meeting between the two schools following the Bulldogs' 69-55 road win in the initial matchup two years ago (2/10/11) at Painesville, Ohio, along with a narrow 56-53 home win last season (2/9/12) in Big Rapids.  This will mark the Bulldogs' second-ever visit to Painesville.

* FSU vs. Ashland: Ashland holds a 17-10 all-time series' edge over FSU and beat the Bulldogs twice last year by scores of 66-56 in Big Rapids (2/11/12) along with 66-50 in the GLIAC Tournament title contest (3/4/12) at Kates Gymnasium. AU has won 11 of the last 13 outings between the two teams.

* GLIAC Preseason Poll: Ferris State was picked to finish first in the 2012-13 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll announced by the league office.  Ashland claimed top honors in the South Division as both teams were chosen to repeat as divisional champions.

* Second GLIAC Crown: FSU finished with a 17-2 mark in GLIAC play this campaign and won the league's North Division Championship for only the second time in school history in addition to earning conference tournament runner-up honors.

* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris' 2012-13 roster includes two seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Nine of the 14 players are primarily frontcourt players while the remaining five are guards. Ten of the 14 players on the Bulldogs' roster hail from Michigan with three from Indiana and one from Ohio.

* Last Season's Meetings: Ferris State topped Lake Erie 56-53 a year ago (2/9/12) in Big Rapids in the only matchup between the two schools.  However, FSU fell to Ashland 66-56 two days later (2/11/12) at home.  The Eagles then beat the Bulldogs 66-50 in the GLIAC Tournament Championship Game (3/4/12) on their home floor in Ohio en route to making an appearance in the national title game.

* New Head Coach: FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger officially announced the appointment of Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate as the Bulldogs' new head coach on June 14. She became only the sixth head coach in the 38-year history of Bulldog women's basketball and replaced former head coach Tracey Dorow, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Valparaiso University in April. In her seven seasons at Grand Rapids Catholic Central, she recorded 23 wins or more six consecutive years, including back-to-back 27-1 marks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.  Her 2009-10 team claimed the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Championship.

* Looking Back To Last Year: Ferris State finished the 2011-12 season with a 23-7 overall record, which matched the school record set previously in 2006-07 for most wins in a campaign. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional semifinals and claimed the schools second-ever GLIAC North Division Championship.

* New Assistant Coach: FSU landed another highly-successful coach from the Grand Rapids area when Charlette Muller was appointed to the assistant coaching position. Muller most recently spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as the varsity head coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School where she led the Eagles to back-to-back regional finals appearances and a 44-5 (.900) overall record. Muller won 90 percent of her games as a varsity head coach and was the 2010 Associated Press Class A State Coach of the Year.

* Bulldog Notes: Ferris State made its fifth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago.  The Bulldogs eached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen and the regional final in 2006-07 at Romeoville, Ill.

* Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 38th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 484-487 (.498) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their first previous 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 for the third time last year, has posted 10 wins or more in 14 of the last 15 seasons.

* Key Win Mark: Ferris State's 23 wins a year ago matched its 23-9 mark while advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07 for the most in school history.  Additionally, the Bulldogs' 17 league regular-season victories were the program's most in school history and topped the 16 wins set in 1999-00.

* All-GLIAC Honorees: Ferris State was well-represented on the All-GLIAC teams announced last season in conjunction with the postseason banquet at the league's final four.  Sarah DeShone was one of 10 first-team honorees while both forward/center Christina Branch and guard Tricia Principe were second-team picks.  Branch also claimed GLIAC All-Defensive Team recognition.

* Freshman Of Year: Besides claiming All-GLIAC Second Team laurels and GLIAC All-Defensive Team kudos last season, FSU's Christina Branch was also honored as the 2011-12 GLIAC Freshman of the Year. The 6-2 Branch was the Bulldogs' leading rebounder (8.1 rpg.) and the squad's third-leading scorer (9.6 ppg.).  She finished among the league's top 15 performers in rebounding, field goal percentage, blocked shots and defensive boards along with offensive rebounds last year.

* Season Of Firsts: The FSU women's basketball team was one of three Bulldog teams to win a league championship last winter along with the men's hoops team that won the GLIAC North Championship and the Bulldog Hockey team, which claimed the CCHA Regular-Season crown and reached the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.