Women's Basketball "131 Showdown" Notes

Women's Basketball "131 Showdown" Notes

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Saturday, Jan. 29
Women's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State, 6 p.m.

Televised Live On Comcast (Channel 900 or 901)
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* The Game: Ferris State women's basketball team takes on archrival Grand Valley State in the "131 Showdown" this Saturday, Jan. 29, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.  The women tipoff first at 6 p.m. (ET) with the men's game at 8 p.m. (ET).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for the "131 Showdown" can be purchased via Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or by going online at Ticketmaster.com. Visit www.131showdown.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

* Media Coverage: Both games will be televised live by Comcast on Channel 900 or 901 on selected systems across the state.  They will also be streamed live via an audio/video webcast.  The Bulldog Sports Network will carry the FSU radio broadcast via the internet and Bulldog Radio on Charter TV Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus.  All links are 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.

* Showdown Notes: A portion of the proceeds from the "131 Showdown" will be donated to support cancer research at the Van Andel Institute as part of the Community for a Cure Purple Game. The color purple symbolizes cancer survivors. Two popular personalities will also be on hand for the "131 Showdown" as the Detroit Pistons public address announcer "Mason" will be on the mic for both games with Fox 17 entertainment reporter Emily Richett serving as the emcee for the evening.

* Big Week: Ferris ran its winning streak to three-straight with a pair of league home wins last week at Jim Wink Arena.  FSU upset nationally eighth-ranked Michigan Tech by a 63-60 score on Thursday (Jan. 20) and then stormed past Northern Michigan 74-44 on Saturday (Jan. 22) to complete the sweep of the Upper Peninsula teams. The Bulldogs closed Thursday's win over Michigan Tech on a 17-2 run. FSU trailed by five points, 58-53, with 2:39 to play in the contest before coming back to earn the victory and hand Michigan Tech its first conference setback of the campaign. The Bulldogs picked up right where they left off against the Wildcats by scoring nine of the first 11 points.  FSU increased its edge to 40-19 at halftime and NMU never pulled any closer than 24 points the rest of the way.

* The Records: Ferris State (9-8, 5-6 GLIAC) has won its last three games to date this year.  FSU wrapped up the 2009-10 season with a 8-19 overall record and was 7-15 in GLIAC play.  The Bulldogs previously 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.
Grand Valley State (14-4, 7-4 GLIAC) is ranked 22nd nationally this week. GVSU was 18-10 overall in 2009-10 and posted a 15-7 mark in GLIAC action.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 205-151 (.576) – (12-14 vs. GVSU).  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.
Grand Valley State – Janel Burgess (Iowa State, 1998), 4th year at GVSU. Burgess came to GVSU after three years as an assistant at Missouri State, four years at Michigan State and one year at Maine. Burgess led the Lakers to a 16-12 mark her first season followed by a 20-
10 record and a berth in the NCAA-II Tourney in 2008-09.

* GLIAC Player of Week: Senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) was tabbed as this week's GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. Houdek fueled the Bulldogs' sweep of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan.  The 5-9 Houdek had an impressive all-around game with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists as FSU rallied for a 63-60 upset over MTU.  She then scored a game-high 17 points with four rebounds and four assists despite playing only 24 minutes in Ferris' decisive win versus NMU.  Houdek averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two-game stretch.  She also made 11-of-17 (.647) field goal tries, including a seven-of-nine (.778) showing versus NMU when she was three-of-four (.750) beyond the three-point arc.

* One More Win: Ferris needs only one more win 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.

* Alumni Reception: The FSU Alumni Association will hold a reception in conjunction with the "131 Showdown" on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Van Andel Banquet Room. Plenty of free appetizers and beverages will be provided along with "I'm A Bulldog" tshirts.

* National Leader: Ferris junior guard 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.

* GLIAC Award Winner: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) was also tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week this year as she won the award 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) in the "Cluck U Chicken" Holiday Classic in Bowie, Md. Adams totaled 28 points and 17 rebounds in the two games while being named to the All-Classic Team.

* Notes From Last Week: Senior forward Tiara Adams paced FSU with a season-high 19 points versus MTU.  Senior guard Becci Houdek also reached double-digits with 12 points in the outing to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.  All eight of junior guard Tricia Principe's points came in the final 2:20 of the game, including back-to-back three pointers ..... FSU had previously lost decisively to both Upper Peninsula schools on the road in December ....... Ferris utilized all 12 available players in the NMU game with all playing 10 minutes or more.  Additionally, all 10 players scored for the Bulldogs and all but one had at least one rebound.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs hit the road next Thursday, Feb. 3, by visiting Lake Superior State for a league matchup in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.  FSU then returns home on Saturday, Feb. 5, to host Saginaw Valley State at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.  

* Looking At GVSU: GVSU currently owns a 14-4 overall record and is 7-4 in the GLIAC to date after a 77-62 non-league home win over Urbana on Wednesday (Jan. 26) night.  The Lakers are ranked 22nd nationally this week. GVSU was 18-10 overall in 2009-10 and posted a 15-7 mark in GLIAC action.  Fourth-year head coach Janel Burgess' team is paced in scoring by sophomore guard/forward Briauna Taylor (14.7 ppg.).  The Lakers have split their last six games to date this year.

* Series History vs. GVSU: GVSU holds a 52-24 advantage heading into Saturday's 77th encounter. The Lakers have claimed 10 of the last 16 series' matchups, including a pair of victories last year by scores of 57-43 in Big Rapids (11/30/09) and 64-41 in Allendale (1/11/10).  Ferris has posted three wins in the last seven series' games and current FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has beat Grand Valley State 12 times in her head coaching career to date.

* 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 457-476 (.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.

* 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.

* Conference Stats: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 14 of 17 contests this campaign. She currently ranks 10th in the league in rebouding (7.2 rpg.) and 11th in field goal percentage (.494) ...... Senior Becci Houdek is second in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.1 apg.) along with third in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 10th in steals (1.9 spg.) ............. Junior Tricia Principe is second in free throw percentage (.889), fourth in three-point percentage (.463) along with ninth in three-pointers made (1.8 pg.) ..... FSU leads the league in assists (16.5 apg.).

* 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. ....... Head Coach Tracey Dorow notched her 200th career win this year with the Bulldogs home victory over Ohio Dominican (Dec. 4).

* 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.

* First Of Two Meetings:  Saturday's matchup in the "131 Showdown" represents the first of two series' meetings between FSU and GVSU this season as the Bulldogs will host the Lakers in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids.