Women's BB Notes: Lewis & SJC (Nov. 23-24)
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* This Week: The Ferris State women's basketball squad hits the road for two games this week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. FSU first visits Lewis on Tuesday, Nov. 23, for a 6:30 p.m. (ET) non-league tilt in Romeoville, Ill. The Bulldogs then face St. Joseph's (Ind.) on Wednesday (Nov. 24) evening with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m. (ET) in Rensselaer, Ind.
* Ticket Info: Tickets for both of this week's games will be sold at the door prior to the respective contest.
* Media Coverage: Live internet statistics will be available for both games via the host school. Additionally, Tuesday's game at Lewis will have a live America One video webcast on a pay-per-view basis. A live audio webcast will also be provided by the Flyers. All links are available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com and can be found by either visiting the team schedule page or by clicking 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.
* This Past Week: The Bulldogs split two games to open the season in their own Bulldog Classic at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. FSU fell to Edinboro (Pa.) by a 69-60 count in Saturday's (Nov. 20) season opener after turning the ball over 29 times and giving up 29 offensive boards. However, Ferris responded by upsetting preseason nationally 15th-ranked Gannon on Sunday (Nov. 21) in a 80-71 triumph.
* FSU Upsets Gannon: Ferris showed marked improvement from their season-opening setback in Sunday's upset over Gannon. A former GLIAC member, Gannon had been ranked 15th in the 2010-11 USA Today/ESPN Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll after posting a 37-1 mark and reaching the NCAA-II Final Four last season. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 66.7% (32-58) from the floor in the first half against the Knights while building a 45-25 halftime advantage as Gannon made only 11-of-38 (28.9) field goal tries in the opening stanza. GU led 71-69 with 5:16 to play before the Bulldogs responded by scoring the game's final 11 points. The Knights missed all seven of their field goal tries in the final five minutes of the game and turned the ball over four times in the stretch. Junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-13 shooting. Overall, the Bulldogs handed out 26 assists in the game, which finished five shy of matching the school's single-game record. Thirteen Bulldog players saw action and all contributed to the win by scoring in the game.
* The Records: Ferris State (1-1, 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.
Lewis (2-1, 0-0 GLVC) ended the 2009-10 campaign with a 18-12 record and reached the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tourney Semifinals after a 12-6 league regular-season mark.
St. Joseph's (2-2, 0-0 GLVC) went 8-19 overall in 2009-10 and was 6-12 in the GLVC.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 197-144 (.578) – (4-5-0 vs. Lewis, 2-0 vs. St. Joseph's). 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), 4th season, 85-113 (.429). Carlsen directed the Flyers to a 18-12 overall record and a GLVC Tourney berth in her third season after winning 16 games the year before. She previously served as associate head coach at Winona State and was both an assistant and head coach at Nebraska-Omaha.
St. Joseph's – Brandon Turner (St. Joseph's, 2006), 3rd season, 10-48 (.172). A former men's player for the Pumas, Turner is the program's ninth head coach and served one-year (2008-09) on an interim basis. He originally began his collegiate coaching career as a men's assistant at SJC in 2007.
* GLIAC Player of Week: Ferris junior guard Tricia Principe was named this week's (Nov. 22) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week after helping the Bulldogs to a 1-1 mark to start the year in their own Bulldog Classic this past weekend at Jim Wink Arena. Principe tallied 46 points and averaged 23 points per game, including a game-high 25 points and five three-pointers in FSU's 80-71 upset of nationally 15th-ranked Gannon on Sunday. She also added a team-high 21 points in the Bulldogs' season-opening setback to Edinboro. In the two games, Principe shot 17-of-25 (.680) from the floor, including a 8-of-12 (.667) showing from three-point range.
* 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.
* Looking At Lewis: The Flyers own a 2-1 overall mark to date and are coming off a 77-64 home win over Wayne State on Friday (Nov. 19). Senior forward Jenny Turpel is averaging a team-best 18.7 points per game. LU was picked to finish second in the GLVC North Division. Lewis posted an 18-12 record last year and reached the GLVC Semifinals.
* Looking At St. Joseph's: The Pumas are off to a 2-2 start this year after a 90-56 road setback at Grand Valley State on Saturday (Nov. 20). SJC . Junior guard Tatiana Ortiz is scoring 15.8 points per game. Last year, the Pumas went 8-19 overall and were 6-12 in the GLVC. St. Joseph's was picked to finish fourth in the GLVC North this season.
* Series History: Ferris and Lewis are tied 5-5 all-time in series' history with FSU winning last year's meeting (11/24/09) by a 74-66 score at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids ...... LU had previously beat FSU four-straight times. FSU is 2-3 overall against the Flyers in Romeoville to date ..... Ferris has not played St. Joseph's since a 97-85 road win in 2002-03 ...... The Bulldogs are 2-2 all-time against SJC and 1-1 versus the Pumas in Rensselaer .... Coach Tracey Dorow is 2-0 against St. Joseph's to date.
* 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 are guards while the remaining seven are frontcourt players. Ten on the roster hail from Michigan with two from Indiana and one from Ohio.
* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which is midst its 36th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 449-469 (.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 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 three wins away from notching her 200th career victory ..... The Bulldogs are one win away from notching the 450th triumph in school history ....... FSU dropped a 70-55 exhibition decision to NCAA Division I Oakland on Nov. 5 at Rochester, Mich. ....... 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: 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.
* Notes From Last Weekend: FSU improved to 30-8 all-time versus Pennsylvania schools with the split ....... Ferris and Gannon both finished the Bulldog Classic weekend with 1-1 marks while Edinboro was 2-0 and Northwood went 0-2 ....... The victory over Gannon increased FSU's series' advantage against the Knights to 13-4 overall and the Bulldogs now own a 7-0 mark versus Gannon at Wink Arena ..... Head coach Tracey Dorow improved to 11-3 overall in her head coaching career against Gannon with Sunday's triumph ..... Senior center Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron) returned to the floor after missing all of last season due to injury and saw limited action in both games ...... The combination of Tricia Principe, Tiara Adams and senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) scored 48 of FSU's 60 points in the loss to Edinboro ....... The loss to Edinboro was only Ferris' fifth opening day setback in its last 13 season openers.