PREVIEW: Women's Basketball Hosts #21 Wayne State & Travels To SVSU This Week

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This Week:
The Ferris State University women's basketball team will play a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week. FSU hosts Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 20) inside Jim Wink Arena at 6 p.m. (ET) before traveling to Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 22) beginning at 5 p.m. (ET). Three of FSU's four remaining regular-season games are at home.

Media Coverage: Thursday's game 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. Saturday's game will not be available on local radio due to Ferris State Hockey coverage, but will be carried live online.

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.

Thursday Home Events: Thursday night's doubleheader will represent "Faculty Apprecation Day" as the Bulldogs honor campus faculty members. In addition, a special promotion for all Ferris State University students will also take place as part of "RSO Appreciation Day". Each registered student organization on campus with a minimum of 15 people present will be eligible to win up to $300 for their group.

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 (7-13, 7-11 GLIAC) remains in contention for a potential GLIAC Tournament berth after having split two league road games last week. FSU fell to Northwood 66-57 on Thursday (Feb. 13) before rebounding for an exciting 72-68 double-overtime victory on Saturday (Feb. 15) at Lake Superior State. Eleven of FSU's 13 losses to date have come by nine points or less Presently, the Bulldogs have four games remaining in the regular season and will play three home games in the final stretch.
   
Wayne State (19-4, 16-3 GLIAC) ranks 21st in the nation this week and leads the conference with two weeks remaining in the regular-season. The Warriors have dropped two of their last three games to date and are coming off a 84-69 setback on Saturday (Feb. 15) at Northern Michigan. The loss came after a key divisional road win at Michigan Tech by a 90-82 count on Thursday (Feb. 13).

Saginaw Valley State (12-9, 10-8 GLIAC) will visit Grand Valley State on Thursday night before facing the Bulldogs. SVSU had won six-straight games before being swept in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last week. The Cardinals fell at Northern Michigan 64-63 on Thursday (Feb. 13) and then suffered a 73-63 loss on Saturday (Feb. 15) at Michigan Tech.

Double OT Win: The Bulldog women's team is coming off an exciting 72-68 double-overtime road win at Lake Superior State last Saturday. Senior guard Sarah DeShone scored on a coast-to-coast layup as the buzzer sounded in the first extra session to force double OT in which FSU pulled it out.

Looking At Wayne State: The Warriors are ranked 21st in the national poll this week after splitting two league games in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last week. WSU has suffered three of its last four losses on the road. Third-year head coach Carrie Lohr claimed GLIAC Coach of the Year honors last season after leading Wayne State to a share of the GLIAC North title and a trip to the NCAA Regional title game. The Warriors are led in scoring by junior center Shareta Brown (21.0 ppg.).

Looking At SVSU: The Cardinals had won six games in a row prior to two setbacks last week. SVSU is 8-2 at home to date this season, but only 3-7 on the road heading into Thursday's league matchup at Grand Valley State. Third-year head coach Jamie Pewinski led the Cardinals to the program's first appearance in the GLIAC Tournament in five years last season. The Cardinals are paced in scoring by senior guard Kayla Womack (16.3 ppg.).

Series History: Wayne State topped FSU 88-83 in a high-scoring game earlier this year (Jan. 30) in Detroit. Overall, the Bulldogs maintain a 34-30 series' advantage entering Thursday's 65th meeting against Wayne State, but dropped both regular-season meetings a year ago by scores of 81-68 in Big Rapids (1/24) and 80-61 in Detroit (2/21). The Warriors then beat FSU 68-59 in the opening round of the GLIAC Tourney in the Motor City (3/6). Ferris has won 14 of the last 21 series' encounters ...... The Cardinals hold a 45-33 advantage entering Saturday's 79th encounter. FSU has won 21 of the last 29 meetings, but the Cardinals took both games last season by scores of 73-70 in overtime (1/26) in University Center followed by 71-66 in Big Rapids (2/23).  The Bulldogs had lost six consecutive games on the road at Saginaw Valley State prior to their 2011-12 victory at O'Neill Arena.

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