Senior Forward/Center Receives Distinction For Eighth Time In Her Career

Ferris State University women's basketball senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) received this week's (Dec. 17) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week honor, which represents the second time this year and eighth time in her career she's claimed the league weekly distinction.

Rachel Folcik Folcik, who previously earned the award this campaign three weeks ago (Nov. 26), led the Bulldogs to their sixth consecutive victory of the season with an 85-76 conference road win over Lake Superior State this past Saturday (Dec. 15) afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The 6-1 Folcik posted a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the victory. She made eight-of-13 (.615) field goal attempts and hit 10-of-11 (.909) free throws in recording her fifth double-double effort of the campaign.

Folcik's recognition this week also represents the eighth time she's earned the honor in her career. She previously attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded during the 2006-07 campaign. The 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year honoree received the league's weekly honor more than any other male or female conference player last season.

As a junior last season, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the programís first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Womenís Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to both the All-GLIAC North Division and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams last year in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. Folcikís 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Womenís Basketball College Division Second Team pick, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances.

A team captain, Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game last campaign. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIACís overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.

This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.8 ppg) and rebounder (9.5 rpg) to date. She's reached double-figure scoring in seven of eight contests while posting five double-double (points & rebounds) efforts this campaign. Folcik currently ranks seventh in school history with 1,345 career points and is only 376 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU.

A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor following her performance in the season-opening Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney (Nov. 16-17).

The Bulldog women's basketball squad, which is currently 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC this season, visits nationally sixth-ranked Drury (Mo.) for a non-league tilt Thursday, Dec. 20, in Springfield, Mo. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST) and the game will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship game won by the Panthers.

A live audio webcast along with in-game "live stats" over the internet will be offered for Thursday's game on the official Drury athletics website at http://www.drurypanthers.com/.

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