Women's BB Notes: Edinboro & Gannon

Women's BB Notes: Edinboro & Gannon

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* This Week:
The Ferris State women's basketball squad hosts the two-day Bulldog Classic this weekend (Nov. 20-21) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Northwood, Edinboro (Pa.) and Gannon (Pa.) are also part of the field.

* The Schedule: Saturday's games feature Northwood taking on Gannon at 11 a.m. (ET) followed by FSU hosting Edinboro in a 1 p.m. (ET) contest.  On Sunday, NU meets Edinboro at 1 p.m. (ET) with Ferris and Gannon squaring off at 3 p.m. (ET).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for this weekend's games will be available at the door starting one hour prior to the contest. FSU students are admitted free with ID. For more information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Both FSU games will be carried live locally in the Big Rapids area by Bulldog Radio (Charter TV Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on-campus). Live internet statistics will be available for all contests and a live audio/video pay-per-view webcast from America One (formerly B2 Networks) will be offered for all games involving Ferris State.  All links will be available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab).

* 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.

* FSU Drops Exhibition: Ferris dropped a 70-55 decision to NCAA Division I Oakland in exhibition play on Friday (Nov. 5) afternoon at the Athletics Center O'Rena in Rochester, Mich. The visiting Bulldogs trailed by only two points with 18:38 to play in the game before a 16-3 OU run gave the Golden Grizzles a lead they would not relinquish. Oakland limited FSU to only 18 points in the final half on 30.8% shooting after building a slim 41-37 halftime advantage.  OU also forced 24 Bulldog turnovers in notching the preseason win. Junior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action.  She was joined in double-figures by senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) with 10 points and four assists. The Bulldogs also received seven points, six rebounds and five steals from senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) in the losing cause.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs hit the road for two games next week as they visit Lewis (Ill.) on Tuesday, Nov. 23, followed by a game at St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Wednesday, Nov. 24.  The game at LU starts at 6:30 p.m. (ET) with the SJC game slated for a 5:30 p.m. (ET) tipoff.

* The Records: Ferris State (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC) wrapped up the 2009-10 season with a 8-19 overall record and was 7-15 in GLIAC play.  FSU 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.
Edinboro (0-0, 0-0 PSAC) ended the 2009-10 campaign with a 16-12 record and lost to Gannon in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament.
Gannon (0-0, 0-0 PSAC) heads into its season opener Saturday against Northwood ranked 15th nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll.  GU went 37-1 overall and reached the NCAA-II Final Four in 2009-10.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 196-143 (.578) – (10-3 vs. Gannon, 0-1 vs. Edinboro).  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.
Edinboro – Stan Swank (Purdue, 1976), 24th season, 388-255 (.603). The winningest coach in program history, Swank has posted 17 winning seasons with six teams advancing to the NCAA-II National Tournament and 15 reaching the PSAC Postseason Tournament..
Gannon – Cleve Wright (Berea, 1989), 9th season, 167-75 (.690). Wright is GU's all-time winningest coach and led GU to a GLIAC title in 2006-07 before helping them reach the NCAA-II Final Four last season. Previously, he served as a NCAA Division I assistant at Northwestern & Butler.  He was the National Coach of the Year in 2009-10.

* National Leader: Ferris' Tricia Principe concluded the 2009-10 season as NCAA Division II's national statistical champion in free throw percentage. The 5-9 Principe sank 86 of 93 free throw attempts in 27 games last season while shooting a nation-high 92.5% from the charity stripe. A 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Team honoree, Principe ranked as the Bulldogs' leading scorer (11.6 ppg.) last season and was the squad's second-best rebounder (5.2 rpg.). She made a school-record 44 consecutive free throws last campaign and compiled 18 double-figure scoring performances.

* 131 Showdown: The Ferris State men's and women's basketball teams will square off against rival Grand Valley State this season at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena in the first-ever "131 Showdown" presented by Amway. Details for the January 29, 2011, doubleheader were announced during a press conference (Oct. 20) involving both schools at Van Andel Arena.  Tipoff for the women's GLIAC tilt will be at 6 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 29 with the men's game to follow at 8 p.m. (ET). A portion of the proceeds from the "131 Showdown" will be donated to the Van Andel Institute as part of the Community for a Cure Purple Game. For additional information on the 131 Showdown and tickets, please go to the official web site for the game at www.131showdown.com.

* New GLIAC Format: The GLIAC office recently announced that for the 2010-11 basketball season, the men's teams will play the first game of a doubleheader and the women's teams the second game whenever both teams are playing on the same day or night in the same venue. Meanwhile, the scenario will be reversed the following year with the women's teams playing the first game and the men's teams the second game in 2011-12. Along with the time format change, the conference will also now play a 19-game schedule this coming year instead of the previous 22-game format due to the addition of two new schools in Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican joining the league.

* FSU Picked Sixth: Ferris was picked to finish sixth with 71 points in the 2010-11 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll in conjunction with the launch of the league media day website.  Grand Valley State was picked first in division with 17 first-place votes and 161 total points. Michigan Tech came in second with four first-place votes and 124 points while Northern Michigan claimed three first-place votes and 116 points in finishing third. Findlay was picked first with 161 points and 15 first-place votes in the South Division.

* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris' current 2010-11 roster includes three seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. Six of the 13 players are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. Ten players on the roster hail from Michigan with two from Indiana and one from Ohio.

* Great Mark: FSU owns an all-time record of 29-7 versus Pennsylvania schools entering this weekend's Bulldog Classic. The Bulldogs are 12-4 all-time versus Gannon, 12-2 against Mercyhurst, 2-0 versus Clarion, 2-0 against Westminster and 1-0 versus Slippery Rock and Edinboro to date. Twenty-four of the 29 wins (24-3) have came under current head coach Tracey Dorow.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which is midst its 36th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 448-469 (.489) 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, had posted 10 or more victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to last year.

* 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.

* Coaching Staff: Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow put the finishing pieces of her coaching staff together for the 2010-11 campaign with the appointment of Kurt Westendorp to the assistant coaching post.  He spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Albion. Former Bulldog standout Rachel Folcik returns to the program as a student assistant coach for the second year. Folcik wrapped up her stellar Bulldog career in 2007-08 before playing overseas in 2008-09. The Bulldogs' staff this season again includes Dorow's father, Rick Bloodworth, as a volunteer assistant coach for the fifth season.

* Bulldog Notebook: FSU head coach Tracey Dorow is four wins away from notching her 200th career victory ..... The Bulldogs are two wins away from notching the 450th triumph in school history ....... Ferris had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to last campaign.  It marked only the second time in the last 20 years the Bulldogs had't won at least 10 games in a season and the first under head coach Tracey Dorow.

* Seasonal Leader: Senior Tricia Principe's .925 free throw percentage last season marked the best single-season effort in school history.  Her 44 consecutive made free throws from Dec. 5 to Jan. 30 also established a new school record. She connected on 86 of 93 attempts last campaign.  Along with her school-record streak of 44 make's, Principe also had another streak of 21 in a row this campaign.

* Preseason All-GLIAC: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams was tabbed as a 2010-11 All-GLIAC North Division Preseason Second Team selection.  She earned second-team all-conference accolades a season ago after averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.

* GLIAC Opener: The Bulldogs' 2010-11 GLIAC opener will be on Thursday, Dec. 2, when Tiffin comes to town for an 8 p.m. (ET) tilt at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids. The contest will be the second game of a men's and women's league doubleheader.

* Season Openers: Ferris State will officially open its 37th season on Saturday against Edinboro. The Bulldogs, who have won eight of their last 12 season openers, have an all-time mark of 17-19 in opening day games. FSU dropped an 85-57 road decision at Gannon in last year's (11/20/09) season opener at Erie, Pa. The Bulldogs have won 11 of their past 15 openers, including a 8-4 mark (.667) under head coach Tracey Dorow. Ferris' last opening-day loss prior to last year was six years ago (11/16/04) with a 76-71 home loss to Lewis (Ill.) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich.

* Looking At Edinboro: Saturday's women's game also marks the season opener for Edinboro, which ended the 2009-10 campaign with a 16-12 record and lost to Gannon in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament.  The team returns three starters and was picked to finish fourth in the PSAC West Division Preseason poll.

* Looking At Gannon: The Gannon women's team was ranked 15th nationally in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll and has six letterwinners back, but needs to replace all five starters from last year's 37-1 squad that reached the NCAA-II Final Four.  The Knights' meeting with Northwood marks the squad's season opener.

* Series History: Saturday's meeting with Edinboro represents FSU's second-ever matchup against the Fighting Scots, who won last year's first meeting by a 90-75 count (11/21/10) at Erie, Pa. ...... Ferris holds a 12-4 all-time series' edge against Gannon, including a 6-0 home mark versus the Knights at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. GU beat FSU last year by a 85-57 count in the season opener (11/20/09).

* FSU-Gannon Facts: Gannon was formerly a member of the GLIAC until prior to 2008-09 ........ FSU head coach Tracey Dorow's sister, Andrea Bloodworth, served as an assistant coach at GU under Cleve Wright before advancing to the NCAA Division I level ........ FSU recorded a 80-61 win in the 20007 NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament semifinals held at Romeoville, Ill., en route to a NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen appearance ....... The Bulldogs posted a 76-61 home win over the Knights in the most recent game in 2007-08 (1/17/08) held at FSU's Wink Arena ..... Ferris had won six-straight meetings versus Gannon prior to last year's setback.