Women's BB Notes: LEC/AU (Feb. 10 & 12)

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Thursday, Feb. 10
Women's Basketball at Lake Erie, 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 12
Women's Basketball at Ashland, 3 p.m.

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* The Games: Ferris State women's basketball team hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Lake Erie on Thursday, Feb. 10, for a 8 p.m. (ET) league game in Painesville, Ohio.  The Bulldogs then face Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 12, with tipoff set for 3 p.m. (ET) in Ashland, Ohio.

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be available at the door. For additional info on ticket sales, please contact the LEC and AU Athletics Offices at (440) 375-7480 or (419) 289-5954, respectively.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and streamed online via Ustream. They can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus. Links to follow all the action 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.

* Showdown Recap: A quick start fueled Ferris to an important 83-66 GLIAC win over visiting Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 5) afternoon inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs scored nine of the game's first 11 points in the initial three minutes and led by 12 points only seven minutes into the contest en route to the victory. The win helped the Bulldogs notch their 10th victory of the year as FSU improved to 10-10 overall and kept pace with only five regular-season games remaining in the race to qualify for the GLIAC Postseason Tournament.

* Leading The Way: Balanced scoring paced the Bulldogs versus SVSU as four players reached double-digits in the win.  Sophomore forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland) tallied a personal career-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in 29 minutes to lead FSU. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs also received 15 points and eight assists from senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) in addition to 14 points by senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) along with 12 points from junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan).

* First Meeting: Thursday's game against Lake Erie at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center will mark the first-ever series' meeting between the two schools after the Storm joined the GLIAC prior to this year along with Ohio Dominican.

* The Records: Ferris State (10-10, 5-8 GLIAC) has won four of its last six 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.
   
Lake Erie (3-16, 2-11 GLIAC) has dropped 14-straight games before a thrilling 68-67 league road win at Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Feb. 5). LEC is in its first season as a GLIAC member.
   
Ashland (13-7, 8-5 GLIAC) has won five of its last seven outings to date this campaign.  The Eagles host Grand Valley State on Thursday before facing FSU.  They were 14-14 overall in 2009-10 and  10-12 in the GLIAC.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 206-153 (.574) – (0-0 vs. LEC, 8-10 vs. AU).  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.
   
Lake Erie – Bob Booher, 6th season at LEC. A 38-year coaching veteran, Booher is the program's winningest coach. He spent 35 years as an employee at Lakeland CC, including six as the program's head women's basketball coach.
   
Ashland – Sue Ramsey, (Miami, Ohio, 1978), 16th season at AU, 24th season overall. Ramsey has more wins than any coach in school history and has twice led the Eagles to the NCAA-II Tourney. Previously, she spent eight years as head coach at NCAA-I Dayton (Ohio) and was a
collegiate assistant at several schools.

* Ten Wins Again: Ferris notched its 10th victory of the year with last Saturday's triumph over Saginaw Valley State.  FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to last campaign.  The Bulldogs have failed to win 10 games in a season only twice in the last 10 years and only once under head coach Tracey Dorow.

* FSU Aiming For Berth: Ferris is still in contention for a GLIAC Tourney berth.  The top three teams from each division along with the next two teams based on winning percentage qualify for the conference tourney.  The teams will be seeded 1-8 with the top four teams hosting quarterfinal-round games on Wednesday, March 2.  The semifinals/finals will be held at the site of the highest seed (after a reseed) on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.

* National Leader: Ferris junior guard 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.

* GLIAC Award Winner: FSU senior forward Tiara Adams was 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.

* GLIAC Player of Week: Senior guard Becci Houdek also claimed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors this season on Jan. 24. Houdek fueled the Bulldogs' home sweep of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan (Jan. 20 & 22).  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 then eighth-ranked 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.

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State returns home for two conference games next week at Jim Wink Arena as the Bulldogs host Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 17) before taking on Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 19).  FSU's final three regular-season league games are at home as the Bulldogs also host Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale on Feb. 26.  In between, FSU will play a non-league road tilt at Urbana (Ohio) on Feb. 23.

* Thursday Setback: FSU dropped a 57-47 GLIAC road decision to Lake Superior State last Thursday (Feb. 3) evening in Sault Ste. Marie before bouncing back to beat Saginaw Valley State. LSSU jumped out to a 30-18 edge in a low scoring first half on Thursday before the Bulldogs closed the gap in the second period.  However, the Lakers pulled it out down the stretch to register the victory. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 15 points in the initial frame and still were down by 11 points with 5:12 to go in the contest.  Ferris managed to pull back within four points on a pair of free throws with 1:46 left, but could get no closer. Ferris State was led by Tiara Adams' 17 points and six rebounds with Tricia Principe adding 10 points for FSU.  Freshman guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) chipped in with eight points off the bench.  Adams also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

* Still In Contention: With five league games left to play, the Bulldogs (6-8) currently are fifth in the GLIAC North Division and ninth overall in the GLIAC's standings.  FSU trails Northwood (6-7) by only half a game in both the division and overall races to date. The Bulldogs had made 10 consecutive tourney appearances under head coach Tracey Dorow prior to narrowly missing the field a year ago.  Ferris had advanced to the semifinal-round of the league tournament three-straight years before a year ago.

* Conference Stats: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 17 of 20 contests this campaign. She currently ranks 10th in the league in rebouding (7.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.513) ...... Senior Becci Houdek is first in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.4 apg.) along with second in assist/turnover ratio (2.1) and tied for sixth in steals (2.0 spg.) ............. Junior Tricia Principe is second in free throw percentage (.907), fifth in three-point percentage (.446) along with seventh in three-pointers made (1.9 pg.) ..... FSU leads the league in assists (16.4 apg.).

* Bulldog Notebook: FSU's Tiara Adams notched her 700th career point in Saturday's win over Saginaw Valley State. She's currently 11 rebounds shy of her 500th career board ..... Becci Houdek is four points away from her 700th career point ..... 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.

* Looking At Lake Erie: Lake Erie has currently compiled a 3-16 overall record and is 2-11 in the GLIAC to date this year.  The Storm had dropped 14-straight games before a thrilling 68-67 league road win at Ohio Dominican on Saturday (Feb. 5). LEC is in its first season as a GLIAC member and is directed by sixth-year head coach Bob Booher.  Lake Erie is led in scoring by junior forward/center Stephanie Rogers (15.1 ppg.).

* Looking at Ashland: The Eagles own a 13-7 overall mark and are 8-5 in the GLIAC heading into Thursday's (Feb. 10) home tilt against Grand Valley State.  AU has won five of its last seven outings to date this year after previously posting a 14-14 overall record along with a 10-12 GLIAC slate a year ago.  Junior guard Jena Stutzman is scoring a team-high 16.2 points per game to date this year.

* Series History vs. Lake Erie: Thursday's game marks the first-ever series' meeting between the two schools as Lake Erie joined the GLIAC prior to this season.

* Series History vs. AU: Ashland holds a 14-10 all-time series' edge over FSU and beat the Bulldogs by a 71-66 score in the most recent matchup last year (1/16/10) at Ferris' Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs split two games with the Eagles last campaign as FSU won 75-67 in Big Rapids (12/3/09). AU has won eight of the last 10 outings between the two teams while FSU head coach Tracey Dorow presently holds a current 8-10 career coaching mark versus AU.

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