Women's BB Notes: LSSU & SVSU (Jan. 7 & 9)

FSU head coach Tracey Dorow's team hosts two GLIAC opponents this week (Pioneer Photo)
FSU head coach Tracey Dorow's team hosts two GLIAC opponents this week (Pioneer Photo)

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* This Week:
The Ferris State University women’s basketball team opens the 2010 portion of its schedule by returning home for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests this week inside Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

* The Matchups: FSU first hosts Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 7, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. (EST). Ferris then squares off against Saginaw Valley State during the first-ever “Basketball Bonanza” on Saturday, Jan. 9, beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both outings will be available at the door with gates opening one hour prior to the day’s first scheduled game. All-Day tickets on Saturday are only $5 (adults) or $4 (students). For more info on ticket sales, contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week’s games will be carried live on Bulldog Radio, which is accessible on Charter TV Channel 21 in the Mecosta County or online at www.bulldogradio.org. A live audio and video pay-per-view webcast will also be offered via B2 Networks in addition to live internet statistics. Complete links will be available via FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com - click on the “upcoming events” tab for links.

* Follow On Twitter: Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter. To access the service, visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Last Time Out: Ferris State dropped a pair of non-conference road contests over the holiday break last week as the Bulldogs fell to regional foe Southern Indiana (Dec. 30) by a 71-52 score and then dropped a 85-74 New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) decision at Oakland City (Ind.).

* Looking To Score: Sophomore guard Tricia Principe has currently scored 10 points or more in six consecutive games to date this season for the Bulldogs, including a season-high 19 points in FSU’s most recent home game against Tiffin (Dec. 5). Overall, Principe has reached double-figure scoring in seven of the Bulldogs’ 10 contests this campaign.

* Long Layoff: Last week’s game at Southern Indiana (Dec. 30) wrapped up a two and a half week layoff for the Bulldogs. In fact, FSU played only the two games at Southern Indiana and Oakland City during a nearly three and a half week stretch dating from the Hillsdale game (Dec. 12) to Thursday’s tilt with Lake Superior State. The trip to Findlay and Hillsdale also began a stretch in which the Bulldogs play nine of 11 games away from home from Dec. 10-Jan. 23. Thursday’s game versus LSSU will be FSU’s first home contest since a loss to Tiffin on Dec. 5.

* The Records: Ferris State (2-8, 1-4 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.

Lake Superior State currently owns a 7-3 overall record and is 4-2 in GLIAC action to date this season.

Saginaw Valley State
heads into a conference road contest at Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 7) night with a 4-6 record and is 2-3 in GLIAC play this year.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 12th season, 190-132 (.590) – (10-15-0 vs. LSSU, 17-5-0 vs. SVSU). 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.

Lake Superior State – Jamie Pewinski, 4th season at LSSU. She took over as head coach in 2006 after seven seasons as the program’s assistant coach. Pewinski played collegiately at both Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State.

Saginaw Valley State – Shannon Baugh, 2nd season at SVSU. Baugh is midst her second season at the Cardinal helm after previously serving as a NCAA Division I assistant coach at Buffalo, Northern Illinois, Bradley and Wisconsin-Green Bay along with a stint at North Dakota.

* The “Basketball Bonanza”: FSU squares off against Saginaw Valley State in a conference home contest as part of the "Basketball Bonanza" high school-college quadruple header on Saturday, Jan. 9. The event will feature both two high school and collegiate contests with two local prep schools, Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills, facing off in high school boys and girls contests, making it a full-day of hoops action. Saturday's action begins at 1 p.m. (EST) with the prep girls game between BRHS and the Warriors. The two collegiate contests will follow the girls high school game with the Bulldog women squaring off against SVSU at 3 p.m. (EST) and the FSU men taking on the Cardinals at 5 p.m. (EST). Finally, the day's events wrap up with the high school boys contest between Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills at 7 p.m. (EST).

* Looking At LSSU: The Lakers are currently 7-3 overall and 4-2 in GLIAC action this season heading into tonight’s game. LSSU recorded a 16-15 overall record in 2008-09 and placed tied for fourth in GLIAC North Division play with a 9-13 conference record. Fourth-year head coach Jamie Pewinski’s squad had its six-game winning streak snapped by Saginaw Valley State in a 62-60 road loss last Saturday (Jan. 2) as the Cardinals sank a half-court buzzer beater. Freshman forward Maria Blazejewski averages a team-high 15.3 points per game to date.

* Looking At SVSU: Saginaw Valley State heads into a conference road contest at Grand Valley State on Thursday (Jan. 7) night with a 4-6 record and is 2-3 in GLIAC play this year. The Cardinals are coming off a 62-60 home triumph over Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 2) when they sank a half-court buzzer beater to notch the win. Junior forward Brittany Burkhardt is the squad’s leading scorer (11.4 ppg.) to date. SVSU has won two of its last three outings this campaign after posting a 3-24 overall record a year ago with a 2-20 conference mark.

* Series Info vs. LSSU: The Lakers maintain a 47-32 advantage heading into Thursday’s 80th meeting. LSSU has won 13 of the last 19 meetings, including a 67-52 win in last year’s (1/8/09) initial meeting at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. However, FSU responded with a 69-66 triumph later in the year (2/21/09) at Wink Arena. Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow presently has a 10-15 career coaching mark versus LSSU.

* Series Info vs. SVSU: The Cardinals hold a 41-29 advantage entering Saturday’s 71st encounter. FSU has won 17 of the last 21 meetings, including a 81-69 triumph at home in the most recent game (2/19/09). SVSU claimed a 68-63 decision in last year’s initial meeting (1/10/09) at University Center, Mich. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently is 18-4 to date versus SVSU.

* Last Campaign: Ferris split two meetings against both SVSU and LSSU last campaign. The Bulldogs dropped a pair of games on the road to both squads, but came back to beat both teams at home on the next to last week of the regular-season.

* 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.

* FSU Newcomers: 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). A fourth freshman, guard Ashley Huntey (Stanwood/Morley-Stanwood), made her debut versus Lewis (Nov. 24) after joining the squad following her sophomore volleyball campaign at FSU.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which is midst its 36th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 443-457 (.492) 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: Junior guard Becci Houdek needs three points to garner her 400th career point at FSU ....... Ferris has won nine or more home games three of the last four years to date ...... Junior forward Amy Joostberns is one point away from earning her 200th career point ...... FSU head coach Tracey Dorow notched her 190th career coaching win against Ashland (Dec. 3) and needs only 10 more to post her 200th career victory ..... The Bulldogs are seven wins away from notching the 450th triumph in school history ......... Junior forward Tiara Adams posted her second double-double effort of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Oakland City ..... Leah Kebler’s 11 points at Oakland City marked a career-high.

* FSU Notebook: The game at Oakland City (Ind.) represented the Bulldogs’ 900th game in school history ....... Ferris currently ranks 23rd nationally of 300 Division II programs in field goal percentage (.455) this season. FSU is second among the GLIAC schools in the same category as five league teams are presently listed among the nation’s top 35 squads in field goal percentage to date this season.

* Another “Big Monday” Matchup: Ferris will visit rival Grand Valley State on Monday, Jan. 11, for a 6 p.m. (EST) league tilt in Allendale, Mich. It will be this year’s final regular-season matchup versus GVSU.