WBB Notes: Tiffin/Ohio Dominican (Dec. 2 & 4)
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* The Game: The Ferris State women's basketball team opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this week with two home games at Jim Wink Arena. FSU hosts Tiffin on Thursday (Dec. 2) in a 8 p.m. (ET) game before facing league newcomer Ohio Dominican for the first-time ever on Saturday (Dec. 4) at 3 p.m. (ET).
* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the opening game. FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
* Time Change: The men will hit the floor first for both games this week as part of the league's new scheduling format with the men playing before the women in all conference doubleheaders this campaign.
* Media Coverage: Both games will be carried live locally in the Big Rapids area and over the internet by Bulldog Radio (Charter TV Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on-campus). A live audio feed is also available in addition to both live internet statistics and a live audio/video pay-per-view webcast from America One (formerly B2 Networks). All links will be available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab or the team schedule page).
* Follow On Twitter: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter. To access the feed, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.
* Last Week: The Bulldogs ran their winning streak to three-straight games with a regional road sweep prior to the Thanksgiving holiday last week. FSU posted a hard-fought 55-52 win at Lewis (Ill.) on Tuesday (Nov. 23) evening before beating St. Joseph's (Ind.) by a 74-57 count on Wednesday (Nov. 24) night. Junior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) paced three Bulldog players in double-figure scoring at St. Joseph's with a contest-high 18 points while senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) notched a double-double effort in leading FSU with a game-high 14 points and 11 boards at Lewis. The two wins came after Ferris posted a 80-71 win over preseason nationally-ranked Gannon (Pa.) in the Bulldog Classic at Wink Arena (Nov. 21).
* Coming Up Next: Ferris won't have much time to rest as the Bulldogs visit Hillsdale on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for their first league road game against the Chargers. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (ET). FSU then hosts Northwood on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Wink Arena with the game slated for a 3 p.m. (ET) start.
* The Records: Ferris State (3-1, 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.
Tiffin (4-0, 0-0 GLIAC) is off to a perfect start this year, which is its best in 18 years, after ending the 2010-11 campaign with a 7-20 record and a 4-18 mark in the GLIAC.
Ohio Dominican (1-2, 0-0 GLIAC) was 16-11 overall a season ago and is embarking on its first year as a GLIAC member. They visit Grand Valley State on Thursday (Dec. 2) prior to facing FSU.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 199-144 (.580) – (3-2-0 vs. TU, 0-0-0 vs. ODU). 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.
Tiffin – Pam Oswald (Malone, 1995), 4th season at TU, 30-55 (.353). Oswald is midst her fourth year at TU following time as an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) and Kent State.
Ohio Dominican – Nathan Bellman (Mt. Vernon Nazarene, 2001), 5th season, 78-45 (.634). Bellman led ODU to four-straight winning seasons, two league crowns and back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Tournament prior to moving up to the GLIAC. He served as an assistant at several schools before taking over the program.
* Looking At Tiffin: The Dragons posted a 7-20 mark a season ago and were 4-18 in GLIAC South Division action. They are currently off to their best start in 18 years at 4-0 overall following a 79-53 home win versus Clarion (Pa.) last Tuesday (Nov. 23). Fourth-year head coach Pam Oswald's team is led in scoring to date by junior guard Mandy Jaeb (16.3 ppg.). Three of their four wins have came at home this year.
* Looking At Ohio Dominican: The Panthers are currently 1-2 overall this year under fifth-year head coach Nathan Bellman after a 51-49 home win over former NAIA rival Cedarville last Tuesday (Nov. 23). Junior guard Katy Rasor is averaging a team-high 10.3 points per game. ODU was 16-11 overall a season ago and picked to finish seventh in the GLIAC South Division Preseason Poll.
* Series History: The Bulldogs own a 3-2 series' edge and won two of the first three encounters prior to the two teams splitting a pair of games last year with each team winning on the road. Thursday's meeting will be the third all-time series' matchup in Big Rapids where the Bulldogs own a 1-1 mark against the Dragons. The series' began with a non-league game three years ago (2007-08) .... Saturday's matchup is the first-ever between FSU and Ohio Dominican.
* League Openers: Ferris has currently won its first league game of the season seven of the last eight years after a 57-43 home setback to Grand Valley State last year (11/30/09) . The Bulldogs' most recent loss in the GLIAC opener prior to last year came in 2001-02 at Findlay. The Bulldogs are 8-4 to date under head coach Tracey Dorow in their first GLIAC encounter of the season, which includes a 5-2 mark in home contests.
* Thursday Presentation: FSU will honor the academic success of various student-athletes with a special presentation at halftime of Thursday's women's game as part of the Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Night.
* Saturday Kidz Dayz: Saturday will represent the first of FSU's Saturday "Kidz Dayz" events sponsored by Green's Sporting Goods at Wink Arena. The fun, exciting and free activities for kids will include an arts and crafts table, bounce house, halftime events, face painting, photos with Brutus the Bulldog. The event is free to children in grades K-12 with a paid adult.
* National Leader: Ferris' Tricia Principe concluded the 2009-10 season as NCAA Division II's national statistical champion in free throw %. The 5-9 Principe sank 86 of 93 free throw attempts in 27 games while shooting a nation-high 92.5% from the charity stripe. A 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Teamer, Principe ranked as the Bulldogs' leading scorer (11.6 ppg.) and was the squad's second-best rebounder (5.2 rpg.). She made a school-record 44 consecutive free throws last campaign and had 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.
* 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 451-469 (.490) 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 one win away from notching her 200th career victory ..... The Bulldogs notched the 450th triumph in school history with the win over Lewis ....... 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 last 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.
* Notes From Last Week: Last Tuesday's victory gave FSU a 6-5 all-time series' lead over Lewis and was the Bulldogs' second-straight victory against the Flyers .... Kelsey DeNoyelles added 12 points and Tricia Principe scored 11 points at Lewis ..... The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 all-time versus SJC with the triumph and head coach Tracey Dorow is now 3-0 in her career against the Pumas. The win was Ferris' second-ever win in Rensselaer ..... FSU also received 13 points and 14 rebounds in a double-double showing by Tiara Adams at St. Joseph's to go with 11 points and eight boards by junior forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland).
* GLIAC Award Winner: Ferris' Tricia Principe was named last 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 (Nov. 20-21) at 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 15th-ranked Gannon. 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.