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* The Games: The Ferris State women's basketball team returns to action after the Christmas holiday by taking part in the Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic hosted by Bowie State (Md.) on Dec. 29-30 in Bowie, Md. FSU faces Virginia Union in the opening game of the two-day event on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. (ET) before taking on the host Bulldogs the following day (Dec. 30) at 6 p.m. (ET).
* Ticket Info: Tickets for the Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic will be sold at the door. More information can be obtained by calling the Bowie State Athletics Office at (301) 860-3792.
* The Field: In addition to FSU, Virginia Union and Bowie State, the field also includes former GLIAC member Gannon (Pa.), which will face Bowie State the first day and Viriginia Union the following day.
* The Schedule: Ferris State takes on Virginia Union in the opening game of the event on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ET) followed by Gannon versus host Bowie State at 6 p.m. (ET). Thursday's slate opens with Gannon facing Virginia Union at 4 p.m. (ET) prior to FSU's tilt with Bowie State starting at 6 p.m. (ET).
* Media Coverage: There will be no FSU radio or internet coverage for the event. However, Bowie State will provide live interent statistics for all tournament games. A complete listing of all available links can be found prior to the game 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 pair of league road games this past wekend in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. FSU fell at nationally 12th-ranked Michigan Tech by a 64-43 count on Saturday (Dec. 18) before losing to Northern Michigan 75-56 on Sunday (Dec. 19) in Marquette. The Bulldogs played relatively even with both teams in the opening 20 minutes of both games before the hosts broke the score open in the second frame both days.
* The Records: Ferris State (5-5, 2-4 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.
Virginia Union (0-5, 0-0 CIAA) is still searching for its first win after its most recent game versus Caldwell (N.J.) was postponed until a later date on Dec. 17.
Bowie State (2-3, 0-0 CIAA) has lost three-straight heading into its first day matchup with Gannon in the holiday classic after winning its first two games of the year.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 201-148 (.576) – (0-0 vs. Virginia Union, 0-0 vs. Bowie State). 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.
Virginia Union – Barvenia Wooten-Collier, 1st season. The former Viriginia Union standout All-America player returned to the school this year after previously serving as head coach for Prince George Community College (Md.). She also played professionally.
Bowie State – Donna Polk, 3rd season. A school administrator, Polk is in her third season and previously was a head coach and player at Columbia Union College.
* Leading The Way: Senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) totaled 17 points per game and averaged 4.5 rebounds per contest in FSU's two-game trip this past weekend to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The 5-9 Adams had 17 points in Saturday's loss at Michigan Tech to go with five rebounds. She also totaled 17 points with five boards at Northern Michigan on Sunday and was the Bulldogs' leading scorer in both games. Adams made seven-of-eight (.875) field goal tries in the loss at NMU.
* Next Home Action: The Bulldogs resume league play in their next home contest, which is against Lake Superior State on Thursday, Jan. 6, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The game is slated for an 8 p.m. (ET) start after the FSU-LSSU men's contest.
* National Leader: Ferris' Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) 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.
* Looking At Virginia Union: Virginia Union is still searching for its first win after its most recent game versus Caldwell (N.J.) was postponed until a later date on Dec. 17. The Panthers are a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. They fell at home to the District of Columbia in their most recent game (Dec. 11) by a 70-64 count. Earlier this year (Nov. 29), they lost at home to GLIAC member Saginaw Valley State by a 73-65 score. Kara Scott averages a team-high 16.6 points per game for first-year head coach Barvenia Wooten-Collier. They were 7-19 overall last year and only 2-18 in the CIAA.
* Looking At Bowie State: Host Bowie State has lost three-straight heading into its first day matchup with Gannon in the holiday classic after winning its first two games of the year. Third-year head coach Donna Polk's team is also a CIAA member and was 18-8 overall a season ago along with 15-5 in league action. Their most recent game was a 64-56 setback at West Chester (Pa.) in the Carol Eckman Memorial Tournament on Dec. 12 in West Chester. They are 2-0 at home to date this year and led in scoring by senior guard Lakisha Walker at 10.8 points per game.
* Series History: Ferris State will face both Virginia Union and Bowie State for the first time in school history at the Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic ...... Both games will also mark the debut matchups for FSU head coach Tracey Dorow versus both schools ...... It will also mark the first time the Ferris State women's basketball program has ever faced a school from either the states of Virginia or Maryland.
* 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 453-473 (.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: 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 This Past Week: Northern Michigan bolted out to a 32-24 halftime edge in Sunday's game, but FSU was able to score the opening eight points of the second frame to tie the game back up at 32 only two minutes into the second stanza. However, NMU used a run of its own to push its lead back up to 49-36 with 11:15 remaining and the Bulldogs could never pull back within striking distance ..... MTU built a 32-23 halftime lead on Saturday. They stretched their lead to 15 points only two and a half minutes into the second frame and the Bulldogs could not climb back into the contest.
* 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.