Women's BB Notes: WSU/UF (Feb. 17 & 19)

Women's BB Notes: WSU/UF (Feb. 17 & 19)

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Thursday, Feb. 17
Women's Basketball vs. Wayne State, 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 19
Women's Basketball vs. Findlay, 3 p.m.

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* The Games: Ferris State women's basketball team returns home for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week at Jim Wink Arena.  FSU hosts Wayne State on Thursday (Feb. 17) before taking on Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 19).

* Ticket Info: Tickets for both doubleheaders will be sold at the door.  FSU students are admitted free with their student identification cards. Adult general admission tickets are $7 while FSU faculty/staff, seniors and students grades K-12 are $5.  Ferris students are admitted free with student identification cards. For additional information on home ticket sales, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Media Coverage: Both of this week's games will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network. A live pay-per-view webcast will be offered thru America One.  They can also be heard via Bulldog Radio on Charter Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on the FSU campus along with online from Ustream. 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.

* Last Week: The Bulldogs split a pair of league games in Ohio last week.  FSU beat Lake Erie in the first-ever series' matchup by a 69-55 count on Thursday (Feb. 10) in Painesville before falling to Ashland 68-58 in Saturday's (Feb. 12) contest at AU's Kates Gymnasium.  The Bulldogs were paced by junior guard Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) with 20 points at LEC while senior guard Becci Houdek (Canton) recorded 17 points in the Ashland setback.

* First In The Nation: Ferris junior guard Tricia Principe presently leads all NCAA Division II players nationally in free throw percentage (.917) this season (as of Feb. 16).  She's currently sank 55 of 60 tries this year and is also on top of the GLIAC leaderboard. Principe previously 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 year ago. A 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Third Teamer, Principe made a school-record 44 consecutive free throws last campaign.

* The Records: Ferris State (11-11, 7-9 GLIAC) has won five of its last eight 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.
Wayne State (7-15, 6-9 GLIAC) has won three of its last five outings to date this season.  The Warriors were 8-19 overall and 6-16 in the GLIAC a season ago.
Findlay (15-7, 10-5 GLIAC) has dropped three of its last four contests heading into Thursday's road tilt at Grand Valley State.  The Oilers were 22-9 overall last year and posted a 15-7 ledger in GLIAC play.

* The Coaches: Ferris State  – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 13th season, 207-154 (.573) – (13-2 vs. WSU, 7-7 vs. UF).  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.
Wayne State – Gloria Bradley, 11th season. Bradley has led the Warriors to four winning campaigns, seven GLIAC Tourney berths and an NCAA-II Tourney appearance in her tenure. Previously, she was the head coach for seven years at Montclair State (N.J.).
Findlay – Kate Cummings, 5th season at UF, 16th season overall.
Cummings previously led Ohio Northern to four NAIA Tourney apperances, including a "Sweet 16" showing.

* Ten Wins Again: Ferris notched its 10th victory of the year with its home triumph over Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 5) at Jim Wink Arena.  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 20 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.  FSU enters the weekend tied for the eighth and final tournament spot with Tiffin as both teams hold 7-9 league marks.  WSU is right behind with a 6-9 conference mark.

* Game Promotions: Thursday's basketball doubleheader against the Warriors represents the school's annual "Pink Wave Night" contest in support of breast cancer awareness with fans encouraged to wear pink to help support the cause. Additionally, the FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also hold a Faculty Appreciation Night event the same evening to honor campus faculty members who have a significant impact on student-athletes. The FSU Student Government and Entertainment Unlimited organizations have also teamed up for a "Caribbean of the North Snowcoming" event that will take place throughout the weekend.  Saturday will represent "Kidz Day" sponsored by Green's Sporting Goods.

* 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 was named to the All-Classic Team for her efforts.

* 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: The FSU women travel to Urbana (Ohio) for a non-conference road tilt on Wednesday, Feb. 23.  Ferris then hosts rival Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale on Saturday, Feb. 26, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Still In Contention: With three league games left to play, the Bulldogs (7-9) currently are fifth in the GLIAC North Division and tied for eighth overall in the GLIAC's standings.  FSU enters the weekend tied for the eighth and final tournament spot with Tiffin as both teams hold 7-9 league marks.  Wayne State is right behind with a 6-9 conference mark. 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.

* First Meetings Of The Year: This week's matchups against Wayne State and Findlay mark the Bulldogs' first meetings against both schools this season under the GLIAC's scheduling format.  FSU previously played both teams twice last year before the additions of Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican this season forced a change to the conference schedule.

* Taking On Ohio: The Bulldogs have presently won of their four games against GLIAC-based schools in Ohio this season.  Prior to last week's split at Lake Erie and Ashland, the Bulldogs previously beat Ohio Dominican at home but fell in Big Rapids to Tiffin.  In addition to Saturday's game against Findlay, the Bulldogs will also play a non-league game against another Ohio school next week when they travel to Urbana for a Wednesday game.

* Conference Stats: FSU's Tiara Adams has reached double-figure scoring in 18 of 22 contests this campaign. She currently ranks 11th in the league in rebouding (7.0 rpg.) and 10th in field goal percentage (.502) ...... Senior Becci Houdek is second in the GLIAC in assists for all games (5.2 apg.) along with second in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and sixth in steals (1.9 spg.) ............. Junior Tricia Principe is first in free throw percentage (.917), third in three-point percentage (.453) along with seventh in three-pointers made (2.0 pg.) ..... FSU leads the league in assists (16.0 apg.) and is second in free throw percentage (.775).

* Bulldog Notebook: FSU's Tiara Adams notched her 700th career point in FSU's last home game versus Saginaw Valley State (Feb. 5). She picked up her 500th career rebound at Ashland .... Senior Becci Houdek notched her 700th career point in last Thursday's (Feb. 10) win at Lake Erie .... The victory over Lake Erie came in the first-ever series' meeting between the two teams ....... FSU will honor its senior trio of Becci Houdek, Tiara Adams and Andrea Clancy during Senior Day activities held in conjunction with next Saturday's regular-season finale versus Grand Valley State ...... Head Coach Tracey Dorow notched her 200th career win with the Bulldogs victory over Ohio Dominican (Dec. 4).

* Looking At Wayne State: The Warriors are currently 7-15 overall and 6-9 in GLIAC play heading into this week's action.  WSU has won three of its last five games overall to date this year, but is only 3-10 away from home this campaign under 11th-year head coach Gloria Bradley.  Wayne State finished the 2009-10 season with a 8-19 overall record and was 6-16 in GLIAC action.

* Looking at Findlay: The Oilers own a 15-7 overall record and are tied for the GLIAC South lead with a 10-5 league slate heading into Thursday's road tilt at Grand Valley State.  However, Findlay has dropped three of its last four contests overall under fifth-year head coach Kate Cummings.  The Oilers were 22-9 overall last year and posted a 15-7 ledger in GLIAC play. They are paced in scoring by junior guard Clare Aubry (14.7 ppg.), who leads three players in double-digits.

* Series History vs. WSU: The Bulldogs maintain a 33-25 series' advantage entering Thursday's 59th meeting and defeated WSU by a 61-53 count in the most recent game last season (2/27/10) at Big Rapids. The two teams split last year as the Warriors pulled out a narrow 69-63 win over the Bulldogs in the Motor City (1/21/10). FSU's Tracey Dorow presently has a 13-2 career coaching record against the Warriors. Ferris has won 13 of the last 15 series' encounters.

* Series History vs. UF: The Bulldogs currently trail Findlay 8-7 all-time heading into Saturday's 16th meeting. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has won seven of the 14 meetings against UF during her head coaching career. However, the Oilers have won four of the last five matchups, including two wins last year as they beat FSU 71-43 in the first matchup at Findlay (12/10/09) followed by a 72-58 road win at Ferris in the second contest (2/6/10).