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* The Game: The Ferris State women’s basketball team continues a three-game homestand this week with a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games against Ashland on Thursday (Dec. 3) and Tiffin on Saturday (Dec. 5) at Wink Arena. Game times are set for 6 p.m. (EST) on Thursday with Saturday’s outing starting at 12 p.m. (EST).
* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door starting one hour prior to the women’s tipoff. All single-game general admission ticket prices are $7. FSU students are admitted free with ID. For more info on home ticket sales, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
* Game Promotions: Thursday’s contest represents Student-Athlete Night as various FSU athletics teams will be in attendance helping support the Bulldogs. The Manton Youth Basketball Program will be in attendance for Saturday’s basketball doubleheader with more than 80 kids on hand and Bulldog players will sign autographs after the game.
* Media Coverage: Both women’s games are slated to be carried live by Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 21 in Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. A live audio and video pay-per-view webcast via B2 Networks will also be available along with live internet statistics. Please visit FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com to find links for all available coverage in the “upcoming events” tab.
* Follow On Twitter: Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter. To access the service, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.
* Last Time Out: FSU jumped out to a 10-point advantage only 11 minutes into the game, but visiting archrival Grand Valley State battled back to post a 57-43 victory in the GLIAC opener for both teams at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena on Monday (Nov. 30) evening. The Bulldogs shot 45% from the floor in the first half and led 18-8 with 8:56 to play in the opening stanza before the Lakers closed the period on a 16-5 run to take a one-point edge (24-23) at the break. In the second half, the Lakers scored the first four points of the final half and built a 13-point lead only 12 minutes into the second period en route to the victory. GVSU took advantage of 20 Bulldog turnovers by outscoring Ferris 17-7 in points off miscues and also grabbed 21 offensive boards, which helped lead to a decisive 19-2 edge in second chance scoring. The Lakers totaled 41 rebounds compared to only 31 for FSU. Becci Houdek paced Ferris with 12 points while Kelsey DeNoyelles chipped in with 11 and Tiara Adams pulled down 11 boards.
* The Records: Ferris State (1-3, 0-1 GLIAC) concluded the 2008-09 season with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of their final nine contests. The Bulldogs made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
Ashland (2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) recorded a 17-11 overall record in 2008-09 and came in third in the GLIAC South Division with a 13-9 mark.
Tiffin (2-1, 0-0 GLIAC) posted a 7-20 mark a season ago and was 6-16 in GLIAC???South Division action.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 12th season, 189-127 (.598) – (7-9-0 vs. AU & 2-1-0 vs. TU). Dorow presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach. She guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance in 1999-00. 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 and the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.
Ashland – Sue Ramsey (Miami, Ohio, 1978), 15th season, 223-173 (.563), 23rd season overall, 318-301 (.514). Ramsey has more wins than any coach in school history and has twice led the Eagles to the NCAA-II Tourney. Previously, she spent eight years as head coach at NCAA-I Dayton (Ohio) and was a collegiate assistant at several schools.
Tiffin – Pam Oswald (Malone, 1995), 3rd season, 21-36 (.368). Oswald embarks on her third year at TU following time as an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) and Kent State.
* Welcome Back: Ferris State welcomes back eight letterwinners to its official roster this season from a year ago, including four players who started at least one contest last season.
* The Injury Factor: The Bulldogs have battled injuries and illness through the preseason with two veteran players now sidelined for the forseeable future in junior guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) and senior center Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron). DeNoyelles was injured in the offseason while Clancy played four minutes in FSU’s exhibition at Oakland before likely being lost for the year. Ferris used all 10 available players for its home opener against Lewis.
* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs hit the road for two league games at Findlay (Dec. 10) and Hillsdale (Dec. 12) before breaking from game action for two and a half weeks.
* New Wink Arena Look: The Bulldogs played their first game inside Wink Arena last Tuesday (Nov. 24) versus Lewis following the facility's most recent renovation this past spring. The gym floor was completely sanded down, refurbished and painted with a new design and color corresponding with the university's graphic identity. The new look in Wink Arena, which has been home to both the Bulldog men's and women's basketball programs since the 1999-00 season, now includes an extra large "Bulldog" head in the center of the floor replacing the former basketball design found in the center circle. Additional wording includes both the GLIAC logo and the "Wink Arena" designation in two seperate places. The floor is outlined in Ferris' official crimson color with gold wording. In addition, the lane found under both hoops now features a light open-colored appearance replacing the old maroon background. The women's three-point line maintains its black appearance with the men's line in crimson. The Ferris signature line remains on both baselines.
* Looking At Ashland: Ashland recorded a 17-11 overall record in 2008-09 and came in third in the GLIAC South Division with a 13-9 mark. The Eagles are off to a 2-1 start this year under 15th-year head coach Sue Ramsey with wins over Urbana and Mercyhurst to open the year. They suffered a 83-74 setback to California (Pa.) in their most recent action (Nov. 29) at home. AU was picked to finish fourth in the 2009-10 GLIAC South Division Preseason Media Poll and is currently led in scoring by freshman forward/center Beth Mantkowski (13.7 ppg.). Two starters and six letterwinners are back from a year ago.
* Looking At Tiffin: The Dragons posted a 7-20 mark a season ago and were 6-16 in GLIAC South Division action, but are currently off to a 2-1 start this campaign heading into Thursday’s league opener at Grand Valley State. Third-year head coach Pam Oswald’s team is led in scoring to date by sophomore guard Mandy Jaeb (19.0 ppg.). The Dragons’ lone loss came at Merrimack (Nov. 20), but they are coming off a 57-44 win over East Stroudsburg (Pa.) in a neutral site contest (Nov. 21) going into the GVSU game.
* Series Info: Ashland holds a 13-9 all-time series’ edge over FSU and beat the Bulldogs twice last season by scores of 92-89 at Ashland (12/4/08) and 84-62 at Big Rapids (1/17/09). AU has won seven of the last eight outings between the two teams while FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently holds a current 7-9 career coaching mark versus AU ............. The Bulldogs have won two of the first three series’ meetings over Tiffin in the last two years, including a narrow 83-82 win in the most recent game at Big Rapids (1/15/09). Saturday’s encounter will be only the second matchup between the two teams at Wink Arena.
* Six Games, Three Days, One Place: This week’s games will be part of FSU’s promotion of Six Games, Three Days, One Place! Both the Bulldog men’s and women’s basketball teams are at home on Thursday and Saturday with the nationally 17th-ranked FSU hockey team hosting Nebraska-Omaha across the hall in the Ewigleben Ice Arena in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) series’ on Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday features a tripleheader with hockey starting at 5:05 p.m.
* FSU Picked Third: Ferris was picked to finish third in the 2009-10 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll in conjunction with the league’s annual media day teleconference. The Bulldogs totaled 74 points in the balloting and trailed Michigan Tech's 142 points and second place Grand Valley State's 122 points in the North Division. The preseason nationally top-ranked Huskies earned 22 of a possible 24 first-place votes with GVSU earning the final two top votes. Northwood received 16 first-place votes in being selected the South Division favorite by a group of 24 media members.
* Last Season: Ferris State concluded the 2008-09 season with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of its final nine contests. The Bulldogs made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ current 2009-10 roster includes one senior, four juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are guards while the remaining six are frontcourt players. Eleven players on the roster hail from Michigan with one each from Ohio and Indiana.
* Three Make Debut: Three Bulldog players made their official debut in the season opener at Gannon (Nov. 20), including freshman guard Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio/Wayne), freshman forward/center Leah Kebler (Midland/Dow) and freshman forward/center Katy Fox (Royal Center, Ind./Pioneer). All three played at least 13 minutes and Kebler narrowly missed double-digits with eight points.
* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 36th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 442-452 (.494) 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 13 consecutive seasons.
* Great Season: Ferris State advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever in 2006-07 and was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to 2006-07 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 in the historic campaign.
* Coaching Staff Changes: Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow put the finishing pieces of her coaching staff together for the 2009-10 campaign with the appointment of Mark DeNoyelles, who served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs in 2008-09, to the assistant coaching post following the departure of former assistant Crystal Harris, who left earlier this summer for a NCAA Division I assistant coaching position in her home state at Cal-State Fullerton. Former Bulldog standout Rachel Folcik has also returned to the program as a student assistant coach for this year. Folcik wrapped up her stellar Bulldog career in 2007-08 and spent last year playing overseas, but has returned to FSU to pursue a Master's degree. The Bulldogs' staff this season will also include Dorow's father, Rick Bloodworth, as a volunteer assistant coach for the fourth season and current FSU student Miles Prendergast in a student coaching role.
* Bulldog Notes: FSU will play a 27-game regular-season schedule this year with 22 league contests. Twelve games are at home ....... Ferris has won nine or more home games three of the last four years to date ...... Assistant coach Mark DeNoyelles is the father of both Stephanie and Kelsey DeNoyelles and served as their prep head coach at Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart ...... FSU owns an all-time Jim Wink Arena mark of 81-33 (.711) in the 11-year old facility.
* Notes From The GVSU Game: The conference-opening loss was FSU’s first setback in a league opener since 2001-02. The Bulldogs had won their first GLIAC contest seven-straight years ……… GVSU improved to 51-24 all-time against FSU with the victory in the 75th series’ encounter ……… A crowd of 850 fans were on hand for the “Big Monday” matchup ……… Freshman guard Ashley Huntey tallied the first points of her career in the game and finished with six off the bench in only her second collegiate contest after joining the Bulldogs following a successful season with the FSU volleyball team ……… The Bulldogs utilized all 10 available players for the second-straight game ……… Ferris was only three-of-16 (18.8%) behind the three-point line compared to GVSU’s 5-of-20 (25%) showing …… Neither team attempted more than 10 free throws.
Women's BB Notes: Ashland/Tiffin (Dec. 3 & 5)
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