PREVIEW: Bulldog Women's Basketball Visits Northwood, LSSU In GLIAC Play

PREVIEW: Bulldog Women's Basketball Visits Northwood, LSSU In GLIAC Play

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This Week: The Ferris State University women's basketball team hits the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week. FSU visits Northwood on Thursday (Feb. 13) for a 6 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Midland and then will travel to face Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 15) for a 1 p.m. (ET) conference game in Sault Ste. Marie.

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

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The Last Week: Ferris State battled to the wire, but dropped a pair of close league games at home last week. FSU fell to Michigan Tech 78-70 on Thursday (Feb. 6) inside Jim Wink Arena and then suffered a 52-49 setback to Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 8) in league action as a potential game-tying three-pointer from near halfcourt by senior guard Sarah DeShone bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

Rescheduled Date: A rescheduled date has been officially announced for the Bulldogs' GLIAC home doubleheader against Saginaw Valley State. The two teams will now meet in the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 1, with the women's game set for a 1 p.m. (ET) start. The two teams were slated to face each other on Feb. 1, but the contest was postponed due to an incident near the Ferris State campus.

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 (6-12, 6-10 GLIAC) has dropped its last four games to date since last recording a 74-71 home win over Lake Superior State in Big Rapids on Jan. 25. The Bulldogs are both 3-5 at home and on the road this season along with 0-2 on neutral floors. Ten of FSU's 12 losses to date have come by eight points or less.
Northwood (11-10, 9-8 GLIAC) has lost four of its last five games overall, but beat Lake Superior State the last time out by a score of 73-51 on Saturday (Feb. 8) in Midland. The Timberwolves previously fell to Wayne State 85-64 in Detroit last Thursday (Feb. 6). They are 5-3 at home to date inside the Bennett Sports Center this campaign.

Lake Superior State (5-18, 5-12 GLIAC) will host Grand Valley State on Thursday night before facing the Bulldogs. LSSU has dropped each of its last four games overall heading into the week and dropped a 73-51 decision at Northwood in its most recent action last Saturday (Feb. 8). The Lakers own a 2-6 mark at home in Sault Ste. Marie.

Second Meetings: Ferris State will meet both Northwood and Lake Superior State for the second time this season. FSU dropped a 90-82 overtime decision to the Timberwolves in the first meeting at Jim Wink Arena before bouncing back two days later to beate Lake Superior State by a 74-71 score in Big Rapids.

Looking At Northwood: The Timberwolves are 5-3 in home games this season and have posted wins in three of their last four home games to date. NU is only 1-3 in the month of February. 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 (16.5 ppg.). She's one of four players currently averaging in double-digits to date this season for Northwood..

Looking At LSSU: The Lakers enter Thursday's home game against Grand Valley State with just a 2-6 home mark to date this year and they are 3-12 overall in road/neutral site contests. LSSU lost nine of its first 10 contests to open the year, but has since won four games since the month of January began. Second-year head coach Shannon Eggers is in her second season at the helm after serving in an interim role a year ago. All five of LSSU's wins this year have came in GLIAC play and they are paced in scoring by junior guard Stephanie Fisher (11.3 ppg.).

Series History: The Bulldogs maintain a 50-18 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 26-7 (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 15 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 50-38 advantage heading into Saturday's 89th meeting. LSSU has won 16 of the last 28 meetings. The Lakers beat FSU twice during the 2010-11 campaign, but FSU has won five-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) prior to this year's win.

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