Senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) was honored as the Ferris State University women's basketball team's 2008-09 Most Valuable Player Award recipient in an announcement made recently by head coach Tracey Dorow.
Thelen wrapped up her Bulldog career by being named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Second Team this past campaign. She averaged a team-high 12.5 points per contest and concluded her career ranked 17th on FSU's all-time scoring list with 922 career points in 116 outings. A preseason All-GLIAC selection, Thelen tallied 16 double-figure scoring outings in her final campaign. Her 53 three-pointers this past year ranked tied for seventh place on Ferris' single-season leaders list and her 152 career treys represents the third-highest figure in the Bulldog record books. She is also the school's career free throw percentage (.865) leader and her .344 (152-442) career shooting figure behind the three-point line is tied for 10th all-time. Thelen was listed sixth in three-pointers made (1.9 pg.) among the final GLIAC leaders this year.
The squad's Defensive Stopper Award was presented to sophomore guard Chelsea Simonetti (Olivet). A transfer from Western Michigan, Simonetti led the Bulldogs in assists (94) and ranked 10th in the conference (3.4 apg.) this past season. The 5-6 Simonetti averaged 4.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest while making 21 starts in 28 contests. Her 40 steals also represented a team-high effort and she reached double-figure scoring in seven outings during her initial Bulldog campaign.
The team's Sixth Player Award was given to junior center Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron), who tallied 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest in 28 outings this year. The 6-2 Clancy tied for second place on the team with 10 blocked shots and her 92 rebounds was the squad's fifth-highest figure. She shot 48.6% (67-138) from the floor reached double-figure scoring four times. Clancy also converted 16-of-19 (.842) free throws.
Rookie of the Year Award honors went to freshman guard/forward Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart). The 5-9 DeNoyelles scored 131 points and had 56 rebounds in her initial Bulldog season while ranking fifth among the team's leaders with 33 assists in 28 contests. She started five games and recorded 10 points or more three times, including 13 points in a home contest versus rival Grand Valley State (Jan. 12).
Freshman guard/forward Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) earned Hardest Worker Award laurels and senior forward/center Ashley Fleming (Posen/Rogers City) was chosen as the team's Most Improved Player for the season. The 5-9 Principe played in 27 games and scored 85 points with 43 rebounds and 26 assists. Her best outing came in a convincing home outing against Marygrove (Dec. 29) when she tallied 13 points for her lone double-digit scoring contest of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Fleming had her most productive season as a Bulldog player to date as evidenced by her personal career-high 261 points, 146 rebounds and 32 assists over 27 contests. Fleming ranked as FSU's second-leading scorer (9.7 ppg.) and top rebounder (5.4 rpg.) this season. She started 25 contests and also posted a team-high 21 blocked shots. The 6-1 Fleming netted 11 double-figure scoring games this year, including nine of her final 12 contests and had four double-double (points & rebounds) efforts in that stretch. She attained GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team kudos and claimed GLIAC All-Tournament Team recognition. In 93 career outings, Fleming compiled 542 points with 303 rebounds. Her 49 career blocked shots ranks fifth on the school's all-time charts and her .521 (209-401) career field goal percentage is listed sixth on FSU's career leaders list.
The Bulldog women concluded the year with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of their final nine contests. The Bulldogs also made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year.
In addition to Thelen and Fleming, the Bulldogs lose two other seniors from this season's squad in guard/forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview) and forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba). Together, the quartet of four-year letterwinners helped FSU post a four-year mark of 71-46 while combining for 2,630 career points and 1,392 career rebounds.