Women's BB Notes: Lewis (Nov. 24)

Junior guard Becci Houdek and the Bulldogs play their first home game on Tuesday evening
Junior guard Becci Houdek and the Bulldogs play their first home game on Tuesday evening

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* The Game:
The Ferris State women’s basketball team hosts the Lewis (Ill.) Flyers in its 2009-10 home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with the non-league tipoff set for 6 p.m. (EST) inside FSU’s Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

* Ticket Information: Fans can receive free admission to Tuesday’s game in exchange for a monetary donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the door.

* Media Coverage: There will be no FSU local radio coverage available for Tuesday’s game. However, a live video pay-per-view webcast via B2 Networks is slated to 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 basketball 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 Weekend: FSU opened the 2009-10 campaign with a pair of road losses this past weekend at nationally 19th-ranked Gannon and Edinboro (Pa.) by scores of 85-57 and 90-75, respectively …….. The Bulldogs were led by junior forward Tiara Adams' team-high 18 points on six-of-eight shooting at Gannon. She was also six-of-nine at the free throw line and added seven rebounds and four steals in the contest. Adams averaged a team-best 15.5 points in the two games ……… Besides Adams' 18 points, the Bulldogs also received eight points apiece from sophomore guard Lindsey Pettit and freshman forward/center Leah Kebler at Gannon. Sophomore guard Tricia Principe chipped in with seven points and junior guard Becci Houdek added six points …….. All five Bulldog starters finished the game in double-figure scoring at Edinboro. Junior forward Amy Joostberns tallied 16 points, junior forward Tiara Adams netted 13 points, sophomore guard Tricia Principe added 11 points while both junior guard Becci Houdek and sophomore guard Kelsey DeNoyelles totaled 10 points apiece. Adams narrowly missed a double-double effort with a game-high nine rebounds .

* Coming Up Next: After breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bulldogs return to open up Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play by hosting archrival Grand Valley State on Monday, Nov. 30, at Wink Arena. The “Big Monday” matchup tips off at 6 p.m. (EST) with the men’s game between the two rivals to follow at 8 p.m. (EST) as part of the league-opening doubleheader.

* The Records: Ferris State (0-2, 0-0 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.

Lewis (0-1, 0-0 GLVC) recorded a 16-13 overall record a season ago and posted an 11-7 mark to place tied for third place in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) East Division competition. The Flyers also advanced to the GLVC Postseason Tournament before bowing out in the semifinals.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 12th season, 188-126 (.599) – (3-5-0 vs. Lewis). 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.

Lewis – Lisa Carlsen (Northwest Missouri State, 1992), 3rd season, 29-27 (.518). Carlsen directed the Flyers to a 16-13 overall record and a GLVC Tourney berth in her second season after a 13-13 mark in her first campaign. She previously served as associate head coach at Winona State and was both an assistant and head coach at Nebraska-Omaha.

* 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 nine available players for both of this past weekend’s road games and all nine played at least eight minutes apiece in both games.

* Bond With Basketball: Tuesday's game also features a "Bond with Basketball" promotion as three area high school teams will be in attendance as part of a team building experience prior to the prep season. The teams include Big Rapids, Newaygo and White Cloud and they will take part in various shooting games and contests at halftime.

* New Wink Arena Look: Fans attending Tuesday’s home opener will have a chance to watch the Bulldogs play their first contest at Wink Arena 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.

* Notes From Last Weekend: Gannon snapped a six-game series' losing streak to the Bulldogs with the win, but FSU still owns a commanding 12-4 edge in the all-time series to date ....... FSU dropped to 17-19 all-time in season-opening games with the setback. The Bulldogs had won eight of their last 11 openers entering the contest ....... The loss was Ferris' first on opening day in five years, dating back to the 2004-05 season (11/16/04) when FSU suffered a 76-71 home setback to Lewis at Jim Wink Arena …….. FSU dropped to 29-7 all-time versus Pennsylvania schools with the two setbacks, including a 24-5 mark under head coach Tracey Dorow ....... The game at Edinboro represented the first-ever series’ meeting between the two schools.

* Looking At Lewis: Lewis recorded a 16-13 overall record a season ago and posted an 11-7 mark to place tied for third place in GLVC East Division competition. The Flyers also advanced to the GLVC Postseason Tournament before bowing out in the semifinals. Third-year head coach Lisa Carlsen’s team was picked to finish second in the 2009-10 GLVC North Division Preseason Poll. LU, which is 0-1 overall this season after a 81-77 home setback to Florida Southern last Monday (Nov. 16), has nine letterwinners and four starters back from a year ago.

* Series Information:
Lewis owns a 5-4 all-time series' edge and has beat the Bulldogs four-straight times, including a 77-66 win last campaign (11/25/08) in Romeoville, Ill. FSU is 2-2 overall against the Flyers in Big Rapids to date.

* The Last Meeting: Ferris suffered a 77-66 road loss in last year’s meeting (11/25/08) at Romeoville. the host Flyers scored the first 13 points of the game and jumped out to a 22-4 advantage only seven minutes into the contest at LU’s Neil Carey Arena. Lewis held a 42-20 halftime edge before the Bulldogs outscored the Flyers 46-35 over the final 20 minutes. Ferris was able to cut Lewis’ lead down to as few as eight points with 2:44 left in the game, but the Flyers answered with six-straight points to seal the victory. FSU’s Jenna Guay finished with a team-best 18 points. Sophomore forward Tiara Adams added 10 points while Jenny Turpel paced Lewis with 23 points and Jenna Mooberry added 21 points.

* FSU Picked Second: 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.

* GLIAC Opener: The Bulldogs’ 2009-10 GLIAC opener will be on Monday, Nov. 30, when archrival Grand Valley State comes to town for an 6 p.m. (ET) tilt at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The contest will be the first game of a women’s and men’s league doubleheader.

* Three Make Debut: Three Bulldog players made their official debut in the season opener, 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 441-451 (.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 80-32 (.714) in the 11-year old facility ....... Tiara Adams notched her 200th career point in Friday’s loss at Gannon. Her 18 points in the game also represented a personal career-high.

* Home Openers: Ferris has won seven of its previous 10 home openers in the current Jim Wink Arena, including three of the last four overall. FSU fell to nationally-ranked Hillsdale 76-61 in last year’s home opener (12/13/08) at Wink Arena, representing FSU’s first home-opening los since the 2004-05 season. Overall, the Bulldogs are 7-4 in its first home outing of the year under head coach Tracey Dorow.