PREVIEW: Ferris State Women's Hoops Hosts Northwood & Lake Superior State This Week

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This Week: The Ferris State University women's basketball team returns home after a four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road stretch for a pair of league games this week. FSU hosts Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 23) at 6 p.m. (ET) before meeting Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 25) starting at 1 p.m. (ET). Both games take place inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.

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 women's tipoff. Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast will also be accessible along with live internet statistics. 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.

Special Promotions: Thursday's game against Northwood takes place in conjunction with Ferris State's Martin Luther King Celebration. Fans attending the home doubleheader are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods that can be donated as part of the campus food drive and a special table will be setup in the main concourse with more information on the event. Saturday will be Kids Day with a variety of activities available for young fans including sign making, face painting, halftime games and more. All kids in grades K-12 are FREE with a paid adult!

Ticket Information: 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.

Last year: Last season, the Bulldog women posted a 13-13 overall mark during head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate's first season at the helm in 2012-13 despite battling injuries most of the year. The injury list included losing the returning GLIAC Freshman of the Year for nearly the entire season among others. FSU finished with a 12-10 mark in GLIAC play while reaching the conference tournament for the 14th time in program history and the double-digit win total marked the 16th time in the last 17 seasons in which the Bulldog women have accomplished the feat.  Ferris State fell in the first round of the league tournament after being the preseason favorite.

The Records: Ferris State (5-7, 5-5 GLIAC) nearly pulled off a league road sweep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula against two of the GLIAC's top teams last week as they wrapped up a four-game conference road stretch. FSU suffered a close 71-70 setback on Thursday (Jan. 16) at the conference's only remaining unbeaten school in Michigan Tech after leading by double-digits. The Bulldogs bounced back though to hand Northern Michigan only its second league setback in a 69-61 win on Saturday (Jan. 18).
   
Northwood (8-6, 6-4 GLIAC) is only a game in front of the Bulldogs in the divisional standings, but has won its last three outings to date. The Timberwolves are coming off a 60-46 GLIAC road win at Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 18).

Lake Superior State (4-12, 4-6 GLIAC) heads into Thursday's league road game at Grand Valley State having lost three of its last five outings to date, including a 60-46 home setback to Northwood last Saturday (Jan. 18).

The Head Coach: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 2nd season, 18-20 (.474) - (1-1 vs. NU, 2-0 vs. LSSU).  A veteran coach with 27 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches prior to her FSU arrival a year ago, Lamoreaux-Tate spent the previous 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 prior to her appointment as Ferris State's head coach in June 2012.

Looking At Northwood: The Timberwolves are 3-4 in road games this season and have posted two consecutive conference road victories to date. NU is 4-2 overall in its last six outings in the month of January. Head coach Jeff Curtis is in his 10th season at the helm and the Timberwolves are paced in scoring to date by sophomore forward Lauren Robak (16.9 ppg.). She's one of four players currently averaging in double-digits to date this season for Northwood.

Looking At Lake Superior State: The Lakers enter Thursday's road tilt at Grand Valley State with just a 2-4 road mark to date this year and they are 2-7 overall in road/neutral site contests. LSSU lost nine of its first 10 contests to open the year, but has since split its last six outings overall. Second-year head coach Shannon Eggers is in her second season at the helm after serving in an interim role a year ago. All four of LSSU's wins this year have came in GLIAC play and they are paced in scoring by junior guard Stephanie Fisher (10.5 ppg.).

Series History: The Bulldogs maintain a 50-17 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 26-6 (home), 24-10 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU.  Ferris beat Northwood twice in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 before splitting two games last year. NU was a 70-46 winner at home (1/17) with FSU coming back to post a 69-57 win in Big Rapids (2/14). FSU has currently won nine of the last 14 meetings overall after NU had snapped a 24-game series' losing streak with a 68-64 victory in Big Rapids six years ago (1/14/08) for its first victory over FSU since 1995 ...... The Lakers maintain a 50-37 advantage heading into Saturday's 88th meeting. LSSU has won 16 of the last 27 meetings. The Lakers beat FSU twice during the 2010-11 campaign, but FSU has won four-straight games after winning won both of the 2011-12 matchups by scores of 65-56 in Sault Ste. Marie (1/5/12) and 75-56 in Big Rapids (2/2/12).  Last season, the Bulldogs prevailed 74-71 in Sault Ste. Marie (1/19) along with 72-60 in Big Rapids (2/16).

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