December 16, 2010

Women's BB Notes: MTU/NMU (Dec. 18-19)

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* The Game:
The Ferris State women's basketball team travels to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games on back-to-back days this weekend.  The Bulldogs first visit Michigan Tech on Saturday (Dec. 18) in Houghton before heading to Marquette to face Northern Michigan on Sunday (Dec. 19).  Both contests tipoff at 3 p.m. (ET).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. Additional ticket information along with travel directions for this week's games can be obtained by directly contacting the MTU and NMU Athletics Departments, respectively. Michigan Tech's main office number is (906) 487-3070 while NMU can be reached by dialing (906) 227-2105.

* 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 via the internet with a live FSU audio broadcast on Ustream.  MTU will offer its own live pay-per-view audio & video webcast on Saturday with Sunday's game at NMU slated for a live pay-per-view video webcast by 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/Facebook: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can follow all FSU games this year via Twitter & Facebook. To access the feed, please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics or www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet social media coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* 200th Career Win: Ferris State head coach Tracey Dorow won her 200th game with a 70-64 GLIAC triumph over league newcomer Ohio Dominican on Dec. 4 at Jim Wink Arena. It marked the 200th time the Bulldogs have won under Dorow, who's now in her 13th season at the helm.

* Last Week: Ferris dropped a 81-62 conference decision on the road at Hillsdale last Tuesday (Dec. 7) before bouncing back to beat Northwood by an 81-79 count on Saturday (Dec. 11) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs will break for the holidays after this weekend's trip before returning to action in the Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic hosted by Bowie State (Md.) on Dec. 29-30 in Bowie, Md.  FSU faces Virginia Union in its opening game on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. (ET) before taking on the hosts in a battle of the Bulldogs game on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. (ET).

* The Records: Ferris State (5-3, 2-2 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.
   
Michigan Tech (6-1, 3-0 GLIAC) presently holds a 6-1 overall record and is 3-0 in the GLIAC to date this year.  The Huskies reached the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second-straight year a season ago and posted a 31-3 overall mark along with a first-place 20-2 ledger in the GLIAC.
   
Northern Michigan (5-3, 0-1 GLIAC) was 22-10 overall a year ago and had a 16-6 conference record.  NU hosts Grand Valley State on Saturday (Dec. 18) before hosting FSU the following day.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 201-146 (.579) – (8-18-0 vs. MTU, 12-13-0 vs. NMU).  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.
   
Michigan Tech – Kim Cameron, 1st season.  The former five-year MTU assistant coach took over this year for departed head coach John Barnes.  She was a four-year letterwinner at MTU from 2001-05.
   
Northern Michigan – Troy Mattson, 6th season. The former NMU longtime men's basketball assistant coach guided the Wildcats to an impressive 22-10 mark and a NCAA Tourney berth a season ago.

* Leading The Way: Junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists in FSU's two games last week.  The 5-7 Principe scored a team-high 17 points with five rebounds and an assist in Tuesday's (Dec. 7) league setback at Hillsdale.  She then recorded a team-best 23 points with six rebounds and five assists as FSU posted a thrilling 81-79 league home triumph over Northwood on Saturday (Dec. 11).  Principe had a total of 40 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the two-game stretch while shooting over 57% from the floor.

* Next League Game: This week's trip marks FSU's final two league games until resuming conference play with its next home contest versus Lake Sueprior State on Thursday, Jan. 6, at Wink Arena.

* Looking At Michigan Tech: MTU presently holds a 6-1 overall record and is 3-0 in the GLIAC to date this year under first-year head coach Kim Cameron.  The Huskies reached the NCAA-II Elite Eight for the second-straight year a season ago and posted a 31-3 overall mark along with a first-place 20-2 ledger in the GLIAC.  They've won three in a row and are coming off a narrow 64-61 league road win at Tiffin last Saturday (Dec. 18).  Junior forward Lindsey Lindstrom leads three players in double-figures at 12.6 points per game.

* Looking At Northern Michigan: Northern Michigan heads into Saturday's (Dec. 18) home tilt versus Grand Valley State at 5-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.  NMU was 22-10 overall a year ago and had a 16-6 conference record while reaching the NCAA-II Tournament.  They've won four of their last five games to date and beat Wisconsin-Parkside 75-68 in a non-league tilt last Saturday (Dec. 11).  Junior forward Staci Beckel currently leads the Wildcats in scoring at 12.4 points per game.

* Series History vs. MTU: MTU holds a 39-23 series edge entering Saturday's 63rd encounter and has won 15 of the last 22 series' matchups overall, including a sweep last year with a 75-58 triumph in Big Rapids (1/30/10) and a 64-41 win in Houghton (2/11/10). MTU previously captured two of three meetings in 2008-09, including a 71-53 home triumph in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Houghton, Mich.

* Series History vs. NMU:  NMU holds a 40-22 series advantage although Ferris has won 10 of the last 19 meetings overall. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 12-13 career coaching mark against the Wildcats. Ferris swept two meetings versus Northern Michigan in 2008-09, but NMU posted back-to-back wins over the Bulldogs last season – 56-54 in Big Rapids (1/28/10) and 73-69 in Marquette (2/13/10).

* 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.

* Preseason All-GLIAC: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) 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.

* 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 453-471 (.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.

* Notes From Saturday: Junior forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland) scored the game-winning basket off an assist from senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) with 4.9 seconds left in the win over Northwood ..... The Bulldogs improved to 46-16 all-time versus NU and are now 24-6 against the Timberwolves in Big Rapids ..... Northwood had won four of the last seven matchups prior to the game after finally snapping a 24-game series' losing streak to FSU back in January of 2008 ..... FSU's Tracey Dorow improved to 23-4 overall in her career versus Northwood.

* 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.

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