Women's Basketball Travels To Findlay & Hillsdale For Two Games

Women's Basketball Travels To Findlay & Hillsdale For Two Games

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* The Week Ahead:
The Ferris State women's basketball team will hit the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road games to close out the 2012 calendar year.  FSU visits Findlay on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 3 p.m. (ET).  The Bulldogs then travel to Hillsdale on Monday, Dec. 17, for an 8 p.m. (ET) game.  Both games will follow the men's contest as part of conference doubleheaders.

* Home Ticket Info: Ferris State home basketball tickets can be purchased in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more information.  They can also be bought online via StarTickets.com. Adult general admission tickets are $7 or the cost is $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up or students age 3 thru 12th grade.  FSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID card.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's 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 in addition to live internet statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast.  For a full 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.

* Last Week: Ferris State won two league road contests last week inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs beat Ohio Dominican by a 69-56 score in their regular-season home debut on Thursday (Dec. 6) before racing past Tiffin 61-51 on Saturday (Dec. 8).  Thursday's game against ODU represented FSU's first regular-season home game under first-year head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate.  FSU played its lone exhibition contest against Calvin at home (Nov. 2), but had played all five of its regular-season games either on the road or at a neutral site prior to the game against ODU.

* Leading The Way: Junior guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Bulldogs swept the two league home games last week.  She totaled 46 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists overall.  DeShone tallied a game-high 26 points in Thursday's win over the Panthers and then recorded 20 points with six assists in the Bulldogs' victory against Tiffin.  Currently, the junior guard is averaging a team-high 20.7 points this season.

* The Records: Ferris State (4-3, 3-1 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.
Findlay (5-1, 3-1 GLIAC) finished 15-12 overall a year ago and was 9-10 in the GLIAC's South Division.  The Oilers have won five of their first six contests to date this year, but are coming off a 59-49 setback at Northern Michigan on Saturday (Dec. 8).
Hillsdale (4-3, 1-3 GLIAC), which hosts Grand Valley State on Saturday before squaring off against the Bulldogs, owns a current 4-3 overall record.  The Chargers finished 14-13 a year ago and were 10-9 in GLIAC play.  They fell 78-65 at Michigan Tech on Saturday (Dec. 8).

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 1st season, 4-3 (.571) - (0-0 vs. UF, 0-0 vs. HC).  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.
Findlay – Kate Cummings, (7th season at UF, 18th season overall). Cummings previously led Ohio Northern University to four NAIA Tourney apperances, including a "Sweet 16" showing.
Hillsdale – Claudette Charney, 11th season at HC. Charney guided the Chargers to a GLIAC Tourney title and NCAA Tourney berth in 2008-09. She's previously coached at Muskegon CC, Alma, Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State.

* Ticket Special: Ferris State's next home game will be on Thursday, Jan. 3, against Malone. Fans purchasing tickets in advance directly thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office in person for the Jan. 3 contest against Malone can receive two tickets for the price of one if bought prior to gameday. Call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for info.  The Saturday, Jan. 5, game against Walsh will be Kids Day with all kids in grades K-12 free with a paid adult.

* Tough Stretch: The Bulldogs are currently midst a nine-game stretch in which seven outings are on the road.  Last week's games versus Ohio Dominican and Tiffin were FSU's lone home outings in December.  Overall, the Bulldogs will play 11 regular-season home games this year, with all being GLIAC tilts.

* 10K Shootout: This season, one lucky Bulldog fan will have a chance to win $10,000 at every conference home game as part of the Lake Osceola State Bank $10,000 Shootout.  One contestant will be picked at random for a chance to make a layup, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds.

* 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 Findlay: Findlay finished 15-12 overall a year ago and was 9-10 in the GLIAC's South Division.  The Oilers have won five of their first six contests to date this year, but are coming off a 59-49 setback at Northern Michigan on Saturday (Dec. 8).  Seventh-year head coach Kate Cummings' team is paced in scoring by talented senior forward Kayla Brown (21.0 ppg.).

* Scouting Hillsdale: The Chargers, who host Grand Valley State on Saturday before squaring off against the Bulldogs, own a current 4-3 overall record.  They finished 14-13 a year ago and were 10-9 in GLIAC play.  HC fell 78-65 at Michigan Tech on Saturday (Dec. 8).  Head coach Claudette Charney, who's in her 11th season at the helm, is led by sophomore center Megan Fogt (15.1 ppg.).

* FSU vs. Findlay: The Bulldogs and Oilers are tied 9-9 in the all-time series' heading into Saturday's 19th meeting. FSU has won nine of the last 17 matchups overall, including a 68-61 win in the most recent game last year during the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals (2/29/12) in Big Rapids.  FSU also posted a 80-72 regular-season win over the Oilers a year ago (2/18/12) in Ohio. However, the Oilers have won five of the last eight matchups overall.

* FSU vs. Hillsdale: Ferris holds a 34-23 series edge entering Monday's game versus Hillsdale and recorded a 61-51 triumph at Jim Wink Arena last season (2/2212).  FSU dropped a 81-62 road decision two years ago (12/7/10) in its most recent outing at HC's Jesse Philips Arena.  The Chargers have won 11 of the the last 19 series' matchups overall.

* Important Note: Ferris State officially won the GLIAC North Division Championship in outright fashion last season with a grueling 80-72 league win over Findlay (Feb. 18) at UF's Croy Gymnasium. The title was the second in school history and first in outright fashion after sharing the crown in 1999-00.

* 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 last 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.

* 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. ....... Sophomore Kara Hess (Grand Rapids/Grandville) has played in four games to date this year for the Bulldogs and reached double-figure scoring for the first time against Tiffin with 11 points. She was a member of the FSU volleyball team this fall and helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Semifinals.

* Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 38th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 487-488 (.499) 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.

* GLIAC Player Of Week: FSU's Sarah DeShone was honored as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week on Dec. 3. She averaged 23 points per contest as the Bulldog women's basketball squad opened league play with a 1-1 mark in Ohio.  She led FSU with 26 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals at Lake Erie (11/29) and then tallied a game-high 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Bulldogs' loss at nationally number-one ranked Ashland (12/1). DeShone averaged six rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals in addition to her 23-point per game scoring average in the two contests.

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