WBB Notes: Hillsdale/Northwood (Dec. 7 & 11)
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* The Game: The Ferris State women's basketball team continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this week with two games. The Bulldogs first travel to Hillsdale to face the Chargers in their first conference road tilt on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 8 p.m. (ET). FSU then hosts Northwood on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 3 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.
* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door. FSU students are admitted free to Saturday's home contest with their student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
* Time Change: The men will hit the floor first for both games 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.
* 200th Career Win: Ferris State got back on track and gave head coach Tracey Dorow her 200th career victory with a 70-64 GLIAC triumph over league newcomer Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Dec. 4) at Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs picked up their fourth win in the last five outings and improved to 4-2 overall along with 1-1 in the GLIAC by virtue of the win. It marked the 200th time the Bulldogs have won under Dorow, who's now in her 13th season at the helm.
* Last Week: Ferris suffered a 75-65 home loss to Tiffin in its league opener last Thursday (Dec. 2) before rebounding to beat Ohio Dominican 70-64 in the first-evers series' meeting on Saturday (Dec. 4) at Wink Arena.
* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs will travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula next week for back-to-back games at Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. FSU visits MTU on Saturday, Dec. 18, before facing NMU on Sunday, Dec. 19. Both league games tipoff at 1 p.m. (ET).
* The Records: Ferris State (4-2, 1-1 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.
Hillsdale (6-1, 1-1 GLIAC) presently holds a 6-1 overall record and is 1-1 in the GLIAC to date this year. The Chargers registered 14-13 mark last year and were 14-8 in the GLIAC.
Northwood (2-4, 0-2 GLIAC) was 13-14 overall a year ago and had a 9-13 conference record. NU hosts Grand Valley State on Thursday (Dec. 9) night before visiting Wink Arena.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 200-145 (.580) – (7-10-0 vs. HC, 22-4-0 vs. NU). 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.
Hillsdale – Claudette Charney, 9th season at HC. Charney guided the Chargers to a GLIAC Tourney title and NCAA Tourney berth in 2008-09. She's previously coached at Muskegon CC, Alma, Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State.
Northwood – Jeff Curtis, 7th season. Curtis led Northwood to its first NCAA Tournament berth two years ago and claimed GLIAC and WBCA Region IV Coach of the Year laurels in 2007-08 after helping Northwood to a share of its first-ever GLIAC North Championship.
* Saturday Kidz Dayz: Saturday will represent the second 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.
* Leading The Pack: Senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) had two double-figure scoring efforts this past week, including a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds versus Ohio Dominican. Adams totaled 28 points and 16 rebounds in the two games while averaging 14 points and eight boards per contest.
* 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.
* Looking At Hillsdale: Hillsdale presently holds a 6-1 overall record and is 1-1 in the GLIAC to date this year. The Chargers registered 14-13 mark last year and were 14-8 in the GLIAC. Junior guard Chelsea Harrison leads three players in double-figure scoring with a 14.9 points per game average. HC was picked to finish second in the GLIAC South Division Preseason Poll under ninth-year head coach Claudette Charney.
* Looking At Northwood: Northwood is currently 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference heading into Thursday's (Dec. 9) league home tilt versus Grand Valley State. NU was 13-14 overall a year ago and had a 9-13 conference record. The Timberwolves have dropped four-straight games after opening the year with two wins. Senior forward Pam Wilson leads the squad with a 15.3 points per game average. NU dropped two games at Wink Arena in the Bulldog Classic earlier this year (Nov. 20-21).
* Series History vs. NU: The Bulldogs maintain a 45-16 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 23-6 (home), 22-9 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU. The two teams split two games last year with each winning at home – NU 68-62 (1/23/10) and FSU 59-58 (2/25/10). Northwood has won four of the last seven matchups overall after snapping a 24-game series' losing streak with a 68-64 victory in Big Rapids three years ago (1/14/08) for its first victory over FSU since 1995. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow owns a 22-4 career mark to date versus NU.
* Series History vs. HC: Ferris holds a 33-22 series edge entering Tuesday's game versus Hillsdale and posted a 69-60 home win in the last meeting (2/4/10). FSU dropped a 94-74 decision to the Chargers last year (1/12/09) at Jesse Philips Arena. The Chargers have won 10 of the the last 17 series' matchups overall.
* 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 452-470 (.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: The Bulldogs notched the 450th triumph in school history a road win over Lewis (Nov. 23) ....... 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: Thursday's loss to Tiffin evened FSU's all-time series' with the Dragons at three wins apiece. Tiffin also improved to 2-1 versus Ferris to date inside Wink Arena with its second road win over the Bulldogs in the last two years ...... The setback marked only the second time the Bulldogs have lost their league opener in the last nine years as FSU had won seven consecutive GLIAC openers prior to losses each of the last two seasons at home ..... The trio of Tiara Adams, senior center Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron) and sophomore forward/center Katy Fox (Royal Center, Ind./Pioneer) combined for 38 points against Ohio Dominican and helped FSU post a decisive 36-12 edge in points scored inside in the first-ever series' matchup.
* GLIAC Award Winner: Ferris' Tricia Principe was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week on Nov. 22 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.