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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team visits Saginaw Valley State for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest Thursday (Feb. 21) in Univ. Center, Mich. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (EST). Ferris then hosts archrival Grand Valley State in its regular-season finale Saturday (Feb. 23) inside FSU’s Jim Wink Arena starting at 5:30 p.m. (EST) in Big Rapids, Mich. Both games will be the second contest of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.
Media Coverage: Both games can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio, which is available on Charter Communicationis Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. Two live video and audio webcasts will be available for Saturday’s game and live internet statistics will also be available for both contests. Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on internet event schedule for a complete list of all available links.
Live On TV: Saturday’s game against GVSU will be televised live for the first-time from Jim Wink Arena with Frank Landingham, Corey Terrell and Ira Childress calling the action and Amy Jo serving as the sideline reporter. The games will be televised live by the Ferris Television and Digital Media Production program and can watched live in the Big Rapids area on Channel 22 via Charter Communications. They will also be streamed free live over the internet with links available on FSU's athletics website at www.ferris.edu/sports prior to game time.
Ticket Info: Tickets for all 2007-08 Ferris home basketball games are available at the door starting one hour prior to tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID. Call (231) 591-2860 for more info on home ticket sales. For more info on tickets for the SVSU game, please contact the SVSU Athletics Office directly at (989) 964-7306.
The Standings: The Bulldogs, who have clinched a ninth-straight GLIAC Tournament berth, are currently 11-5 in the GLIAC entering the week and trail Michigan Tech (12-4) and Northwood (12-4) by one game in the GLIAC North Division heading into the week. Grand Valley State is presently fourth (9-7). Hillsdale tops the South Division with a current 13-2 mark. Wayne State is second in the South at 9-6 in GLIAC action.
Dawgs In Region: FSU moved up to fourth in this week’s (Feb. 20) NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Rankings. The Bulldogs, who were one of four GLIAC teams listed in the region’s top 10, previously were ranked fifth last week (Feb. 13). Drury (Mo.) leads the regional poll with Hillsdale second and Missouri S&T third. Northwood is listed ninth and MTU 10th from the GLIAC this week.
League Split: The Bulldogs split a pair of league games last week as FSU dropped a 83-71 decision at nationally 20th-ranked Hillsdale on Thursday (Feb. 14) before bouncing back in decisive fashion to record a 104-78 triumph over Lake Superior State Saturday (Feb. 16) at Wink Arena. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) totaled 24 points versus HC with senior guard Sam Johns (Allendale) scoring 12 points, freshman guard Becci Houdek (Canton) adding 11 points and junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) netting 10 points. All 14 Bulldog players saw action in Saturday’s win over LSSU and scored at least two points in the initial half. The Bulldogs led by as many as 37 points with only 13 minutes left and the Lakers could get no closer than 19 points the rest of the way. Houdek led the way with a personal career-high 15 points. Folcik added 14 points in only 12 minutes of playing time, Johns totaled 13 points, junior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) had 12 points and Thelen recorded 11 points. Guay also registered a game-best 10 rebounds in a double-double effort while senior guard Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson) dished out eight assists for the Bulldogs.
Big Night: FSU will attempt to sell out Wink Arena for the first time as “Pack The House” night will be held and a variety of special activities will take place Saturday night. For the first time, the game will be carried live on TV and fans are asked to wear “white”. The broadcast will feature a live half-hour pregame “Basketball Gameday Live” show prior to the men's contest in front of the "Dawg Pound" student section. Free pizza and t-shirts will be given to all current FSU students with identification as supplies last. Pom-poms, fan signage and Bulldog tattoos will also be distributed. A "Bulldog Idol" competition will take place during halftime of both games. A raffle for all eligible FSU students in attendance will be held with the winner receiving a free upgrade to a private room. Free t-shirts and coupons for haircuts will be offered by SportClips, a barbershop franchise located in Grand Rapids, and they will be on site providing haircuts and massages to lucky fans throughout the night.
Senior Night: Three Bulldog women’s basketball seniors in Rachel Folcik, Katie Loosvelt and Sam Johns will be honored along with men’s basketball forward C.J. Van Wieren during the school’s annual Senior Night activities between games on Saturday. Folcik, Loosvelt and Johns have combined for more than 2,770 points along with 1,280 rebounds and 670 assists in their careers. They helped FSU to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07 and have guided the Bulldogs to three-straight winning campaigns, all with 16 or more victories. Folcik enters the week among the premier players in school history with 1,682 points and 779 rebounds. Johns has netted 773 points and 339 boards while Loosvelt has recorded 316 points and 281 assists in her FSU career.
The Bulldog Roster: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. Ferris’ 2007-08 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen. Seven of the 15 players are guards while the remaining eight are frontcourt players. Fourteen of the 15 players on the roster hail from Michigan. Rachel Folcik and Teghan Thelen are the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2007-08 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: FSU women’s basketball (GLIAC games only) will be carried live this season through a partnership with Bulldog Radio, a registered student organization on the Ferris campus. The station can be heard locally on television Channel 21 both via on-campus cable and Charter Communications in Mecosta County. A live 24-hour webcast of the signal is also available at www.bulldogradio.org. A link is also available on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (under Bulldog Webcasts).
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.
Last Campaign: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from one of the most successful seasons in school history. 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 regional runner-up finish. Ferris also compiled a second-place tying 13-5 GLIAC regular-season finish and earned the program's eighth consecutive GLIAC Tournament bid.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tenth-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 174-106 (.621) career record at Ferris State. A 1996 graduate of Western Michigan, she guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance during the 1999-00 campaign. She spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Lake Michigan College (1994-97) and one season at Indianapolis (1997-98). She also directed FSU to an NCAA Tourney berth in 2003-04 before last season’s run to the Sweet Sixteen.
GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris’ Rachel Folcik has received the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor twice this year and eight times in her career to date. Folcik attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded in 2006-07. A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior forward Jenna Guay claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor (Nov. 16-17).
Bulldog Bites: Ferris has currently won 24 of its last 35 games dating back to last season ........ FSU has won 15 or more games in four of the last five years to date, including three-straight campaigns. This year marks the 12th consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games ....... The Bulldogs are presently 9-1 overall at home this year ......... Ferris presently owns a 9-1 record against teams with .500 records or worse entering its matchup with the Bulldogs this year.
The GLIAC Tourney: The annual GLIAC Postseason Tournament will begin with four quarterfinal-round games at campus sites Saturday, March 1. The top remaining seed will host the semifinals/finals Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, with the tournament winner receiving the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional March 14-17. The top three teams in each division plus the next two best finishers will qualify for the annual postseason tourney. FSU has already clinched a ninth-straight GLIAC Tournament berth this season.
Folcik Closing In: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks second in school history with 1,682 career points and is only 39 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. Folcik, who was chosen as this year’s GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, currently has a school-record 667 career made field goals. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.4 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 24 of 25 contests while posting 11 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Women’s 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.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 427-431 (.498) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament and
recorded the nation’s highest grade point average in 1999-2000. FSU, which claimed GLIAC Tourney runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons.
Statistics Leaders: Ferris currently leads the GLIAC in scoring offense (74.7 ppg.), free throw % (.778), field goal % (.469), rebounding offense (40.8), assists (17.68), defensive rebounds (29.32) and 3-pt. field goal % defense (.301) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik is second in scoring (20.1 ppg.) along with third in both free throw % (.830) and rebounding (8.4 rpg.) to date ....... FSU ranked fifth nationally in team free throw % along with eighth in field goal % and 17th in assists while Folcik placed 17th in scoring and 36th in field goal %, according to the most recent (Feb. 19) NCAA-II National Statistics.
Series Information: The Cardinals hold a 40-27 advantage entering Thursday’s 68th encounter. FSU has won 16 of the last 18 meetings, including a 79-68 win earlier this year (Nov. 29) at Big Rapids. However, Ferris suffered a 72-50 setback in last year’s game (1/31/07) at University Center, Mich. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently is 16-3 to date versus SVSU ................. GVSU holds a 48-23 advantage heading into Saturday’s 72nd encounter. FSU has won only five of the last 11 series’ contests, but recorded a 62-59 win earlier this year (1/12/08) at Allendale, Mich. The Bulldogs have won two-straight matchups as FSU also picked up a thrilling 64-64 triumph in last year’s regular-season finale (2/24/07) at Big Rapids. Tracey Dorow currently has a 11-10 career coaching record against the Lakers.
Scouting SVSU: SVSU owns a 11-14 record this season and is 4-12 in GLIAC action. Senior forward LaTillie Ross is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game this season. SVSU was picked sixth in the 2007-08 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll after posting a fifth-place 8-10 divisional mark a year ago. Saginaw Valley State was 11-16 overall last season. SVSU is led by fourth-year head coach Vonnie Killmer and has won three of its last five outings this year.
Scouting GVSU: GVSU holds a 14-11 overall record and is 9-7 in the GLIAC entering Thursday’s (Feb. 21) home game versus Northwood. The Lakers, who have also clinched a league tourney berth, are led in scoring by senior guard Crystal Zick (13.7 ppg). GVSU, which won the NCAA-II National Championship in 2005-06, finished 21-8 overall and a first-place 14-4 in GLIAC North Division action during the 2006-07 campaign. Grand Valley State had lost five of its last six games going into Thursday’s home tilt.