Women's BB Notes: Northwood (Jan. 15)

Women's BB Notes: Northwood (Jan. 15)

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Saturday, Jan. 15
Women's Basketball at Northwood, 6 p.m.
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* The Games: The Ferris State women's basketball team visits Northwood for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest on Saturday, Jan. 15, in Midland, Mich.  Tipoff at the Bennett Sports Center is slated for 6 p.m. (ET).  Saturday's matchup will represent the final regular-season tilt between the two teams this year.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for Saturday's game will be available at the door.  For more information on ticket sales, please contact the NU Athletics Department at (989) 837-4385.

* Media Coverage: The game will be carried live by Bulldog Radio, which can be found on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus.  It will also be streamed live via an internet-only audio broadcast from Ustream.  A live pay-per-view audio and video webcast from America One will also be offered along with live internet statisticss.  All links will be available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab or 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.

* Last Week: Ferris State dropped a pair of games last week as they fell at home to Lake Superior State by a 73-56 count on Thursday (Jan. 6) before dropping a close 70-67 decision at Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 8) ....... The Bulldogs had two players reach double-figures versus LSSU with both senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) and junior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) totaling 13 points apiece ........ Ferris had four players reach double-figure scoring in the loss at SVSU with senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) pacing FSU with a team-best 15 points.  Junior Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) added 12 points, freshman guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) netted 11 points and senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) tallied 10 points in the loss. The Bulldogs led Saginaw Valley State by eight with 11:47 remaining, however the Cardinals outscored FSU 29-28 in the final half to notch the win.

* Holiday Break: Ferris split a pair of non-conference games in the "Cluck U Chicken" Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic hosted by Bowie State (Md.) on over the holiday break (Dec. 29-30) in Bowie, Md.  FSU topped Virginia Union 69-43 in the first game of the event before falling to host BSU 63-60 in the final.

* The Records: Ferris State (6-8, 2-6 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.
Northwood (6-7, 2-5 GLIAC) has won its last four games to date this season.  NU was 13-14 overall a year ago and had a 9-13 conference record.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 202-151 (.572) – (23-4 vs. Northwood).  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.
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.

* GLIAC Player of Week: Senior forward Tiara Adams was tabbed as last week's (Jan. 5) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. The 5-9 Adams had 13 points and seven rebounds while playing only 23 minutes in FSU's win over Virginia Union (Dec. 29).  She then added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort as the Bulldogs fell to host Bowie State (Dec. 30). Adams totaled 28 points and 17 rebounds in the two games while being named to the all-classic team at the "Cluck U Chicken" Lady Bulldogs Holiday Classic.

* Next Home Action: The Bulldogs will next be back at home on Thursday, Jan. 20, when they host Michigan Tech in GLIAC play at Jim Wink Arena. FSU will also face Northern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 22, in a league home contest.  Thursday's outing is being billed as Meijer Giveaway Night with Saturday Kidz Day set for the NMU contest and sponsored by Green's Sporting Goods.

* Second Meeting: Saturday's game will represent FSU's second tilt with Northwood this year following an exciting 81-79 Bulldog win earlier this season at Jim Wink Arena (Dec. 11).

* 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.

* Looking At Northwood: Northwood is currently 6-7 overall and 2-5 in the conference after an impressive 63-48 league road win over Grand Valley State on Wednesday (Jan. 12) night in Allendale.  NU was 13-14 overall a year ago and had a 9-13 conference record.  The Timberwolves have won four-straight games to date. Senior forward Pam Wilson leads the squad with a 18.9 points per game average.

* Series History vs. Northwood: The Bulldogs maintain a 46-16 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 24-6 (home), 22-9 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU.  Ferris won this year's first meeting (Dec. 11) by a 81-79 score at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  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). The two teams have split the last eight matchups overall after NU snapped 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 23-4 career mark to date versus NU.

* The Last Meeting: A game-winning layup with 4.9 seconds remaining combined with a stop on the game's final possession lifted FSU to an exciting 81-79 triumph over Northwood in this year's first meeting (Dec. 11) at Wink Arena. The Bulldogs fought back from a six-point deficit with five minutes to play and still trailed by five with only two minutes left in the contest.  However, FSU held the Timberwolves without a basket over the final 1:59 of the game in notching the win. The Bulldogs' scored the game winner as senior guard Becci Houdek drove the right side of the floor and dumped off a pass to an open teammate in junior forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland), who was able to lay it in with just under five seconds to go.  The Timberwolves got off an open three-pointer at the final horn, but Pam Wilson's potential game-winner came up empty.  Trica Principe had 23 points to lead FSU and three others reached double-digits.

* 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 454-476 (.488) 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.

* 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.

* Bulldog Notebook: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 13 of 14 contests this campaign. She currently ranks sixth in the league in rebouding (7.9 rpg.) ...... Senior Becci Houdek is second in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.1 apg.) while Tricia Principe is fourth (.889) in free throw percentage and fifth in three-point % (.464) .... 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.

* 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.