Tricia Principe
Mattawan's Tricia Principe becomes a Bulldog as her prep teammates watch


Bulldogs Add Talented Trio During Fall Signing Period

The Ferris State University women's basketball program, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history during the 2006-07 season, recently announced the names of three talented prep recruits who inked with FSU in the fall signing period.

Incoming Bulldog Recruits
Lindsey Pettit
Kelsey DeNoyelles
Tricia Principe
The Ferris State University women's basketball program has inked prep recruits Lindsey Pettit (top), Kelsey DeNoyelles (middle) and Tricia Principe (bottom), who will all join the Bulldogs for the 2008-09 season
The trio includes guard Lindsey Pettit (Portland), guard/forward Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) along with guard/forward Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan). All three players are currently in the midst of their prep senior seasons and will join the Bulldogs for the 2008-09 campaign.

"All three of these kids are fierce competitors and have experienced a ton of success at the high school and AAU levels," said FSU head coach Tracey Dorow. "Each of them has helped their team win close games. "Our philosophy is to recruit winners who refuse to lose when the game is on the line and they will battle to the end."

The 5-9 Pettit averaged 10 points per contest for Portland High School as a junior in the fall 2006 campaign. She helped the Raiders to a 22-3 overall record, which included both a district and regional championship. The all-state honoree claimed All-Capital Area Activities Conference (CAAC) White Division honors for the third consecutive season and was named to the academic all-state team for head coach Ray Kimball. Additionally, she was an all-area pick for the third year in a row.

Pettit tallied 14 points and seven rebounds per game while earning team Most Valuable Player Award honors in 2005 during PHS' 18-3 campaign. A four-year starter, Pettit recorded 10 points and five boards a contest in her freshman (2004) season. Besides basketball, Pettit also competed in softball and volleyball on the prep level, where she earned 12 varsity letters. The National Honor Society member plans to major in pre-medicine at Ferris State and is the daughter of Dave and Tammy Pettit.

"Lindsey's a team-oriented player who loves the game of basketball," Dorow said. "She's fun to watch and plays with a lot of energy. She's been a standout athlete in three sports and now that she is committed to playing one, I really believe her best basketball is still ahead."

DeNoyelles, who's the younger sister of current FSU redshirt freshman guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart), picked up first team all-state recognition in 2006 from the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) and the Associated Press. She also earned Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun "Dream Team" laurels after averaging 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and three assists per contest for the Irish. The two-time (2005-06) Mid-State Athletic Conference recipient led Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart to a 21-3 overall record and a second-straight district crown as a sophomore (2005) by pouring in 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds an outing. Her 9.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest in 2004 helped the squad post a school record 22 wins (22-3) while winning both district and regional titles under her father, head coach Mark DeNoyelles.

In addition to basketball, DeNoyelles competed in varsity softball in 2004 and has been a Student Council member, Model United Nations and National Honor Society member during her high school career. She plans to major in business at FSU and claimed academic all-state recognition last season. DeNoyelles is the daughter of Mark and Sandy DeNoyelles.

"We've had our eye on Kelsey for quite some time," said Dorow. "She has tools that most high school players don't have and has been around our kids for so long, it's obvious her personality and style of play are a perfect fit for our system. Kelsey's going to be an exceptional player in our league as she gains more and more confidence."

Finally, Principe had an outstanding junior campaign for Kalamazoo's Mattawan High School in 2006 as evidenced by her numerous accolades. She attained 2006 Detroit Free Press First Team and BCAM Fourth Team All-State honors along with both Detroit News and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-State accolades. Principe, who scored 19.1 points per game and hauled down 8.1 rebounds per outing in 2006, received team Most Valuable Player Award honors and served as a team captain as MHS posted a 14-7 overall record. She led head coach Troy Wright's Wildcats to a Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference Division Championship and received Detroit Free Press Fifth Team All-State recognition as a sophomore (2005) by averaging 15.1 points and 6.4 boards per game.

Principe has twice received all-conference first team kudos and was a BCAM Class A Honorable Mention All-State pick in 2005. Also, she claimed academic all-state honors last year and has been involved in the National Honor Society. Her father, Mark, competed in basketball at Grand Valley State while her brother, Bryan, was a cross country/track runner for the Lakers. The daughter of Mark and Beth Principe, Tricia plans to major in either graphic design or physical therapy at Ferris.

"I've never recruited a player quite like Tricia ... she is so determined to make things happen," said Dorow. "She's the first person to come and the last to leave the gym and has her mind set on being the best she can be. In addition, she's a solid outside shooter, strong with the ball and good at getting to the basket and drawing fouls."

Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever last season, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to last year had never won a NCAA Tournament game, recorded back-to-back wins in their first two national tournament contests en route to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen finish a year ago.

"I am really excited about this year's recruiting class," Dorow said. "They are committed to Ferris State and continuing our winning tradition."

The FSU women's basketball squad, which is off to a 5-1 overall start this campaign, visits Tiffin (Ohio) Saturday, Dec. 8, for a 5 p.m. (EST) non-league tilt in Tiffin, Ohio. A live video and audio webcast of the game will be offered courtesy of B2 Networks for a pay-per-view cost of $6 and can be accessed via the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (Click on B2 Networks icon).

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