January 19, 2011

Women's BB Notes: MTU/NMU (Jan. 20 & 22)

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Thursday, Jan. 20
Women's Basketball vs. Michigan Tech, 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Jan. 22
Women's Basketball vs. Northern Michigan, 3 p.m.

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* The Games: Ferris State women's basketball team hosts Michigan Tech on Thursday, Jan. 20, in a 8 p.m. (ET) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game at Jim Wink Arena. FSU then hosts Northern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 22, with the league tipoff set for 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.

* Media Coverage: Both games will 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 secured a much-needed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win with a 65-55 triumph over the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday (Jan. 15) evening in Midland, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed 25-22 at the break after being down by as many as nine points in the opening half.  However, FSU outscored NU 43-30 in the final half to notch the win. The Bulldogs took the lead for good on a three-pointer with 9:16 left and never trailed the rest of the way.  Ferris held NU without a field goal in the final two minutes and hit four free throws in the final 44 seconds to preserve the win. A balanced Ferris State lineup was paced by junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan), who totaled 14 points and eight rebounds in the victory.

* Next Week: The Bulldogs take on archrival Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" presented by Amway next Saturday (Jan. 27) night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.  The women's game tips off at 6 p.m. (ET) with the men's contest at 8 p.m. (ET).  Visit www.131showdown.com for tickets and info.

* Second Meeting: FSU will face both Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan for the second time this year after falling to both on the road by scores of 64-43 and 75-56, respectively, earlier this year in the Upper Peninsula (Dec.18-19).

* The Records: Ferris State (7-8, 3-6 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.

Michigan Tech (13-1, 8-0 GLIAC) presently is ranked eighth nationally and holds a 13-1 overall and 8-0 GLIAC mark 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 (7-8, 2-6 GLIAC) was 22-10 overall a year ago and had a 16-6 conference record.  NMU visits Grand Valley State Thursday.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 203-151 (.573) – (8-19 vs. MTU, 12-14 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.

* GLIAC Player of Week: Senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) was tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week following the holiday break (Jan. 5). 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 "Cluck U Chicken" All-Classic Team.

* Game Promotions: Bulldog fans will have a special opportunity to win on Thursday evening during "Meijer Madness" at Wink Arena.  During the evening, over $300 of Meijer gift cards will be presented to fans.  Additionally, one lucky FSU student will walk away with a $100 gift card. Meanwhile, Saturday's doubleheader will represent the third 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 and more.  It is free to children in grades K-12 with 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.

* Looking At MTU: Nationally eighth-ranked Michigan Tech presently holds a 13-1 overall record and is 8-0 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 10 games in a row are are coming off a 67-47 league home win over Saginaw Valley State (Jan. 15).  Senior forward Lucy Dernovsek leads three players in double-figures at 12.2 points per game.

* Looking At NMU: Northern Michigan heads into Thursday's (Jan. 20) road tilt versus Grand Valley State at 7-8 overall and 2-6 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 lost four of their last five contests to date, including a 62-58 league home setback against Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 15).  Junior guard Chelsea Lyons currently leads the Wildcats in scoring at 11.9 points per game.

* Series History vs. MTU: MTU holds a 40-23 series edge entering Thursday's 64th encounter and has won 16 of the last 23 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).  The Huskies also beat the Bulldogs 64-43 earlier this year (Dec. 18) in Houghton.  MTU previously captured two of three meetings in 2008-09, including a 71-53 home triumph in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Houghton.

* Series History vs. NMU: NMU holds a 41-22 series advantage although the two teams have split the last 20 meetings overall. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow currently has a 12-14 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).  NMU previously topped FSU 75-56 this year (Dec. 19) in the U.P.

* 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 455-476 (.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.

* 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.

* Bulldog Notebook: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 13 of 15 contests this campaign. She currently ranks fifth in the league in rebouding (7.9 rpg.) ...... Senior Becci Houdek (Canton) is second in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.1 apg.) while Tricia Principe is tied for fourth (.467) in three-point percentage and sixth in both free throw % (.878) and three-pointers made (1.9 pg.) .... 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 needs only three more wins to notch its 10th victory of the year.  FSU 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.

* Another Win Over NU:  Saturday's win over Northwood was FSU's second over the Timberwolves this season as the Bulldogs previously recorded a thrilling 81-79 win at home back in December (12/11) at Big Rapids. FSU improved to 47-16 all-time versus NU with the win and head coach Tracey Dorow moved to 24-4 in her head coaching career against the Timberwolves. 

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