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This Week: The Ferris State University men's basketball team will playits final two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games of the year at home this week. FSU hosts archrival Grand Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 27) inside Jim Wink Arena at 8 p.m. (ET) before hosting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (March 1) for a league matchup beginning at 3 p.m. (ET). The Bulldogs have currently won their last three outings overall.
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 and 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.
Senior Day Saturday: On Saturday, Ferris State will honor a lone senior from each of the women's and men's teams as part of the school's annual "Senior Day" celebration. The seniors include two-time All-America guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) on the women's side in addition to a two-year letterwinner in Raymoan McAfee (Detroit/Pershing) on the men's side.
Rescheduled Date: Saturday's rematch with the Cardinals is a rescheduled date as the two teams were previoulsy slated to face each other on Feb. 1 before the contest was moved back a month due to an incident near the Ferris State campus. With the change, the second matchup between the two teams in a week will serve as FSU's season finale.
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 (9-13, 9-11 GLIAC) posted back-to-back wins last week in GLIAC play and currently has won its last three games overall to date heading into the final week of the season. FSU posted an exciting 72-68 double-overtime victory on Feb. 15 at Lake Superior State and followed that up by upsetting nationally 21st-ranked Wayne State 85-77 at home last Thursday (Feb. 20). FSU the pulled out a 83-75 conference road win at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 22). Eleven of FSU's 13 losses to date this year have come by nine points or less. Both of FSU's final two games are at home.
Grand Valley State (14-11, 12-9 GLIAC) has won four of its last five contests overall this year and topped Wayne State 65-64 last Saturday (Feb. 22) in Detroit. The win came on the heels of a 65-47 home setback to Saginaw Valley State on Thursday (Feb. 20) in Allendale. Thursday's game represents the Lakers' final regular-season contest and they are still contending for a postseason appearance.
Saginaw Valley State (13-10, 11-9 GLIAC) heads into the final week of the regular-season still contending for a GLIAC Tournament berth, but has lost three of its last four games overall heading into this Thursday's (Feb. 27) league home game against Northwood. SVSU is coming off a 83-75 league loss at home to Ferris State last Saturday (Feb. 22).
Second Meetings: This week's matchups represent the Bulldogs' second meetings against both Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State. The Lakers were a 60-57 winner in Allendale against FSU in the first game on Feb. 3 while the Bulldogs topped Saginaw Valley State in the first of two meetings by a 83-75 score last Saturday on the road.
Looking At Grand Valley State: The Lakers have won four of their last five games overall to date following a 65-64 league road win over 21st-ranked Wayne State last Saturday (Feb. 22) in Detroit. Overall, GVSU is 8-3 at home to date this year, but only 5-6 in conference road encounters. Head coach Janel Burgess' squad is paced in scoring by senior guard Dani Crandall at 14.0 points per game with Kayla Dawson at 10 points per game and former Morley-Stanwood product and Bowling Green transfer Bailey Cairnduff, a sophomore, at 9.0 points per outing. The Lakers' roster also includes a former Big Rapids native in junior forward Kat LaPrairie, who is totaling 7.7 points per game.
Looking At SVSU: The Cardinals had won six games in a row, but have since lost three of their last four outings overall. SVSU is 8-3 at home to date this season, but only 4-7 on the road heading into Thursday's league home matchup with Northwood. 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 (15.9 ppg.).
Series History: GVSU holds a 56-27 advantage heading into Thursday's 84th encounter. The Lakers have claimed 14 of the last 23 series' matchups and beat the Bulldogs twice last season by scores of 83-73 in Big Rapids (2/2/13) and 70-59 in Allendale (3/2/13) prior to a 67-50 home win in the first meeting this year in Allendale (Feb. 3). GVSU fell to FSU twice in 2011-12 as the Bulldogs recorded a 58-50 win at Wink Arena (1/28/12) along with a 46-44 regular-season finale triumph in Allendale (2/25/12). The two teams split two games in 2010-11 with GVSU posting a 69-62 win over FSU (1/29/11) in the "131 Showdown" at Van Andel Arena prior to Ferris State's exciting 65-62 triumph in the regular-season finale (2/26/11) at Wink Arena. FSU has won six of the last 14 matchups overall ...... The Cardinals hold a 45-34 advantage entering Saturday's 80th encounter. FSU has won 22 of the last 30 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, but have since won two of the last three in University Center after last Saturday's 83-75 triumph.
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