Women's Basketball

Game #29-30: Ferris State
at GLIAC Tourney Semifinals/Finals

March 7-8, 2008
SDC Gymnasium
Houghton, Mich.

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    FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will square off against Ashland in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinals Friday (March 7) evening inside Michigan Tech University’s Student Development Complex Gymnasium in Houghton, Mich. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST). MTU earned the right to host the semifinals/finals.

    GLIAC Tourney on B2 Networks Media Coverage: A live video and audio webcast of both of Friday’s GLIAC Tournament Semifinal games along with Saturday’s championship game will be available via B2 Networks for a $6 pay-per-view charge per game. The webcasts can be accessed either via the GLIAC website (www.gliac.org) or the FSU athletics website (www.ferris.edu/sports) by clicking on the B2 Networks logos. Live internet statistics will also be provided by MTU at www.michigantechhuskies.com. For a complete list of available links, visit the FSU website and click on internet event schedule. Additional local radio coverage may also be available and will be announced later in the week if needed.

    Ticket Info: Tickets for the semifinals/finals may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the start of each session. Reserved tickets are $9, general admission tickets are $7 and student tickets $2 per session. All-Tournament passes are $12 (reserved) or $10 (general admission). GLIAC guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued. For more information, please contact the MTU Central Ticket Office at (906) 487-2073.

    Tourney Notes: The Bulldogs are seeded second and the Eagles third entering the semifinals ......... Host and top-seeded Michigan Tech will meet fourth-seeded Wayne State in the 6 p.m. (EST) game with the two winners squaring off Saturday (March 8) in the 7 p.m. (EST) title contest.

    What’s At Stake: The eventual tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Women’s Basketball Tournament slated for March 14-17 at a site to be determined. Eight teams, including six at-large squads, will participate in the regional with the official announcement set to be released late Sunday (March 9) evening.

    Quarterfinal Results: The Bulldogs are currently 17-11 overall this season following Saturday’s (March 1) 93-89 tournament quarterfinal round road win over Northwood in NU’s Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich. AU advanced to the semifinals with a convincing 70-45 road triumph over Gannon Saturday in Erie, Pa. In the other quarterfinal games, MTU beat Grand Valley State 63-58 at home in Houghton while Wayne State upset the event’s top overall seed in Hillsdale by a 67-64 count at Hillsdale, Mich.

    Quarterfinal Win: Ferris kept its season alive and advanced to the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals with a hard-fought 93-89 quarterfinal win over Northwood Saturday evening inside NU's Bennett Sports Center at Midland, Mich. Senior All-America forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) keyed the Bulldog victory by scoring a team-high 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds after missing the previous two games due to injury. Her inspired play fueled the Bulldogs' offensive attack as Ferris shot 51.7% (31-60) from the floor. The Bulldogs trailed 43-39 with 2:13 to go in the initial half before closing the period on a 9-0 run to take a 48-43 halftime edge. FSU built its lead to as large as 12 points with 6:30 remaining in the contest. The Bulldogs sank 29-of-40 (72.5%) free throws and sealed the win down the stretch at the charity stripe. In addition to Folcik, the Bulldogs received 18 points from junior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) as well as 14 points apiece by both junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) and freshman guard Becci Houdek (Canton).

    The Records: Ferris State presently owns a 17-11 overall record this season. Meanwhile, Ashland is currently 18-10 overall this campaign. FSU posted a third-place tying 11-7 GLIAC North Division record and the Eagles tied for second place with a 10-7 mark in South Division action.

    FSU Tourney Notes: In its 10th league women’s basketball tourney appearance, Ferris has posted a 7-9 overall record. FSU, which is making its ninth-straight women's berth in the GLIAC Tournament, defeated Lake Superior State 91-79 in last year’s (2/27/07) tournament quarterfinals at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs then suffered a 90-87 overtime setback in the semifinals (3/2/07) to Hillsdale in a game held at Erie, Pa. ........ Ferris and Northwood had never faced each other before in GLIAC Tournament play prior to Saturday ........ FSU is 1-2 all-time versus Ashland in GLIAC Tournament games. The Bulldogs defeated AU 86-80 in overtime of the 2003-04 tourney semifinals at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. ...... The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the sixth year in a row ....... Ferris had dropped five of its last six GLIAC Tourney games prior to Saturday’s win. FSU has now made it past the quarterfinal round in five of its 10 trips to the tourney.

    Last Saturday Night: The Bulldogs suffered a narrow 69-62 loss to archrival Grand Valley State in last Saturday’s (Feb. 23) regular-season finale at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena while playing without Rachel Folcik due to injury ............. Saturday’s halftime crowd was the largest crowd to ever witness a women's basketball game inside the new Jim Wink Arena estimated at 1,640 fans. Ferris drew a record sellout crowd of 2,430 fans for the men’s game by virtue of a “Pack The House” promotional effort ............. Saturday was also “Senior Night” as the Bulldogs honored guards Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson) and Sam Johns (Allendale) along with Rachel Folcik following their final regular-season home games at Wink Arena .............. The game was also played in front of the first-ever live television audience from the arena as FSU "filled up the Wink and made history" for the Senior Night and GLIAC regular-season finale doubleheader.

    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.

    The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 428-433 (.497) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II 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 and 2003-04, has posted 10 or more victories 12 consecutive seasons.

    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.

    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 175-108 (.618) 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.

    Dawgs In Region: FSU dropped to eighth in last week’s (Feb. 27) NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Rankings, but remains in contention of earning a second-straight NCAA berth. The Bulldogs, who were one of four GLIAC teams listed in the region’s top 10, previously were ranked fourth before dropping their final two regular-season games. The rankings help determine the field for the regional slated for March 14-17 at the site of the highest seed. Eight teams will make the regional field. Six of the top 10 regional teams last week were from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with four from the GLIAC including Hillsdale (2nd), Michigan Tech (7th), FSU (8th) and Northwood (10th). Drury (Mo.) leads the regional poll. The final poll prior to Sunday’s selections will be announced late Wednesday (March 5) afternoon.

    Selection Brackets: The official brackets for the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournaments will be announced late Sunday (March 9) night starting at 10:30 p.m. (EST). The show can be watched live over the internet at www.ncaa.com.

    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 25 of its last 38 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 compiled a 9-2 overall record at home this year ......... FSU needs a single win this campaign to record its fourth season with 18 or more victories in the last five years to date.

    The Bulldog Roster: 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.

    Folcik Closing In: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks second in school history with 1,701 career points and is only 20 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 675 career made field goals. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.1 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in 25 of her 26 contests while posting 12 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.

    Statistics Leaders: Ferris entered the tournament leading the GLIAC in scoring offense (73.8 ppg.), free throw % (.775), field goal % (.468), rebounding offense (40.7), assists (17.59), defensive rebounds (29.00) and 3-pt. field goal % defense (.298) for all games played this year. Rachel Folcik was second in scoring (20.1 ppg.) along with third in both free throw % (.830) and rebounding (8.4 rpg.) ....... FSU ranked fifth nationally in team free throw % along with eighth in field goal % and 19th in assists while Folcik placed 18th in scoring and 38th in field goal %, according to the most recent (Feb. 25) NCAA-II National Statistics.

    Academic All-American: FSU senior Rachel Folcik has been recognized as a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division selection as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Folcik was the lone representative from a GLIAC or Great Lakes Region school named to any of the three Academic All-America teams. A student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Folcik is the third FSU women's basketball player to achieve Academic All-America First Team recognition since 2001 and the third Ferris student-athlete to claim such laurels in the 2007-08 athletics season.

    Series Information: Ashland holds a 10-9 all-time series’ edge over FSU heading into Friday’s 20th meeting. The Eagles beat FSU 97-81 earlier this year (1/31/08) at Ashland, Ohio. Last year (1/25/07), FSU topped Ashland 91-79 at Big Rapids, Mich. AU has won four of the last five outings between the two teams while FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently holds a current 7-6 career coaching mark versus AU.

    Scouting Ashland: The Eagles enter Friday’s game with a 18-10 cumulative mark this year and posted a 10-7 league regular-season ledger, which ranked tied for second in the GLIAC South Division. The Eagles have won four-straight games to date this year and captured a 70-45 victory in Saturday’s (March 1) GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals over Gannon in Erie, Pa. Junior guard Lisa Graue is the squad’s leading scorer (11.8 ppg) to date. AU posted a 14-13 overall mark and a fourth-place 7-10 GLIAC South Division showing in 2006-07. Ashland, which is guided by 13th-year head coach Sue Ramsey, was picked third in this season’s preseason divisional poll.

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