PREVIEW: Bulldog Women Return Home To Host MTU, NMU This Week

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball team returns home to host Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week. FSU hosts MTU on Thursday (Feb. 6) at 6 p.m. (ET) before meeting NMU on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 1 p.m. (ET) inside Jim Wink Arena.

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 will be accessible along with a pay-per-view video webcast along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Thursday's game is designated as "Resident Appreciation and Healthy Hearts Night".  The first 500 students in the door receive a free t-shirt or color change cup. Prizes will also include a flat-screen TV raffle, coupons for free pizzas, Starbucks gift cards, free meal passes to the Rock and more.

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.

Ferris State (6-10, 6-8 GLIAC) fell to 18th-ranked Wayne State 88-83 last Thursday (Jan. 30) night in Detroit before dropping a 67-50 decision at Grand Valley State on Monday (Feb. 3).

Michigan Tech (15-4, 13-2 GLIAC) has won its last three outings to date this year and is coming off a 71-65 league home triumph over rival Northern Michigan on Monday (Feb. 3) night in Houghton. The Huskies are 10-2 to date this season at home along with 4-3 in road contests. They also beat Northwood and Lake Superior State at home last week before the win over NMU.

Northern Michigan (12-7, 9-6 GLIAC) has dropped five of its last six outings to date this season in a stretch that began with a loss to the Bulldogs on Jan. 18 at the Berry Events Center. NMU fell to rival Michigan Tech 71-65 on Monday (Feb. 3) night in Houghton and previously beat Northwood 74-62 at home last Saturday (Feb. 1). The Wildcats visit Grand Valley State this Thursday before heading to Big Rapids.

Ferris State will meet both Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan for the second time this year. FSU led by double-digits against MTU in the first meeting before falling 71-70 in Houghton (Jan. 16). The Bulldogs then beat NMU 69-61 two days later (Jan. 18) in Marquette.

Michigan Tech holds a 43-26 series edge over FSU heading into Thursday's 70th encounter and has won 19 of the last 29 series' matchups to date. Ferris State has captured a win in three of the last six meetings, but dropped two games to Michigan Tech last season by scores of 60-46 in Big Rapids (Jan. 10) and 68-49 in Houghton (Feb. 7) before the one-point setback earlier this year. FSU previously beat a national top-10 ranked MTU team at home in Big Rapids during both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons,

NMU holds a 41-28 series advantage over Ferris State, but the Bulldogs have won 16 of the last 26 games between the two teams overall. FSU has won six meetings in a row and topped Northern Michigan last year in two close meetings by scores of 47-46 in Big Rapids (Jan. 12) and 73-70 in overtime in Marquette (Feb. 9) before winning again this year.

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