Women's Hoops Hosts Urbana Wednesday

Women's Hoops Hosts Urbana Wednesday

Wednesday, Jan. 11
Women's Basketball vs. Urbana (Ohio), 6 p.m.

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* The Game: The Ferris State University women's basketball team will host Urbana (Ohio) in non-league play on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET) for the final non-league game of the 2011-12 campaign.  The Blue Knights are an NCAA Division II school and compete as an independent.

* Home Ticket Info: Ferris State home basketball tickets are sold on gameday at Wink Arena and are $7 for adults or $5 for FSU faculty/staff, senior (ages 65+) and students K-12.  Current FSU students are admitted free by showing a valid student ID card.  For more ticket info, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or visit the official FSU website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

* Media Coverage: Wednesday's game will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network with Rob Bentley providing the play-by-play coverage.  It will be accessible online only at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be offered.  Visit www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.  Selected FSU contests this year will also be carried live on local radio station Sunny 97.3 FM, including most GLIAC doubleheaders.

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow FSU games this year via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Ferris State women's basketball squad was picked to finish fifth in the 2011-12 GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll. The Bulldogs received 83 points in voting by members of the media across the league.  Defending national runner-up Michigan Tech was tabbed to win the division after claiming the league crown last year with Ashland picked first in the GLIAC South poll.  FSU was the only team to beat Michigan Tech in league play a year ago (1/20/11) as the Bulldogs posted a 63-60 victory at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.

* Last Season: The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record.  Last year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.  FSU placed fifth in the GLIAC North Division standings with an 8-11 league record.

* Ten Wins Or More: The Bulldogs have failed to win 10 games in a season only twice in the last 20 years and only once under coach Tracey Dorow. FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to 2009-10, but responded by winning 13 games a year ago.

* The Records: Ferris State (8-4, 6-1 GLIAC) has won six of its last eight outings to date this campaign and leads the GLIAC North Division standings with a 6-1 league mark.  Prior to the last two years, the Bulldogs had made 10-straight GLIAC Tournament appearances and advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.
Urbana (4-8) owns a 4-8 overall mark to date this season, but has won three of its last four contests heading into Wednesday's encounter.  The Blue Knights were 11-17 overall in the 2010-11 season.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 216-160 (.574) - (1-0 vs. Urbana).  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.
Urbana – Maria Marchesano, 1st season.  Marchesano was hired as the program's new head coach in December of 2011.  Previously, she served as an assistant coach at Manchester (Ind.) College in 2010-11.  Prior to her time at Manchester, she spent four years playing and coaching both basketball and softball professionally in Italy.  She played on the college level in both sports at NCAA Division I Butler University.

* Last Weekend: Ferris State picked up its first win over Saginaw Valley State at SVSU's O'Neill Arena since 2004 with a 66-48 triumph in GLIAC action on Saturday (Jan. 7) evening in University Center, Mich. The Bulldogs had last beat the Cardinals on the road Dec. 11, 2004, and had dropped six-straight league road tilts inside O'Neill Arena prior to Saturday's victory. On Thursday (Jan. 5), the Bulldogs posted a 65-56 league road win at Lake Superior State, which came against first-year LSSU head coach Justin Rees, who formerly served as FSU's assistant coach from 2002-07 under head coach Tracey Dorow.

* Big Performance: Bulldog sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals as the Bulldogs won a pair of league road contests last week to remain in first place in the divisional standings.  DeShone scored 10 points with seven assists and six steals in Thursday's (Jan. 5) 65-56 triumph at Lake Superior State.  She then registered a personal career-high 31 points on Saturday (Jan. 7), including 19 in the second half, as the Bulldogs recorded their first victory over Saginaw Valley State on the road since 2004.  DeShone also had a game-high tying eight rebounds and dished out a team-best three assists in the win over the Cardinals.  She totaled 41 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals in the two outings while shooting 45.2% from the field and making seven three-pointers.

* Series History vs. Urbana: Wednesday night's meeting marks only the second-ever matchup between Ferris State and Urbana and will be the first meeting in series' history at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs posted a decisive 85-58 non-league win over the Blue Knights in the first matchup a year ago (2/23/11) at the Grimes Center in Urbana, Ohio.

* Looking At Urbana: Urbana owns a 4-8 overall record to date this season, but has won three of its last four outings under first-year head coach Maria Marchesano.  The Blue Knights are coming off a 97-84 home win over Washington Adventist University on Sunday (Jan. 8).  They are 0-4 against GLIAC-member schools to date this year with losses away from home to Northwood, Northern Michigan, Findlay and Grand Valley State.  The Blue Knights were 11-17 overall a year ago.  They are paced in scoring this campaign by Ciara Geiger (15.1 ppg.), who is one of three players averaging in double-digits.  Urbana is 1-7 away from home this season.

* Upcoming Schedule: FSU resumes GLIAC action against Northwood on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Wink Arena.  The women's contest is the first of a doubleheader against the Timberwolves and will tipoff at 1 p.m. (ET).  FSU then heads north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula next week to face Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan (Jan. 19 & 21).

* The Leaders: Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone led FSU with a game-high 31 points against Saginaw Valley State on Saturday while freshman forward Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran) added 11 points.  DeShone hit 10-of-16 field goals, including six-of-10 three's, and also made five-of-six free throws in the stellar performance ...... Branch tallied a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to lead FSU in Thursday's win at Lake Superior State. Junior guard Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio) came off the bench and nailed four three-pointers to finish with 12 points while sophomore forward Nikki Arner (Ludington) also tallied 12 points.  DeShone added 10 points.

* Last Year's Meeting: FSU recorded a decisive 85-58 non-league win over Urbana last season (2/23/11) at the Grimes Center in Urbana, Ohio. The Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory in the first-ever matchup with the Blue Knights. Four FSU players scored in double-figures with Becci Houdek netting a team-high 15 points in leading the Bulldogs.  Tiara Adams added 14 points while Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) chipped in with 11 points. The Bulldogs also welcomed the return of center Andrea Clancy, who started and tallied 11 points after missing the previous six games due to injury. Ferris also received nine points from Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan) along with eight points by Lindsey Pettit (Portland) and seven points from Kylie Muntz (Dayton, Ohio).

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 469-485 (.492) 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, has posted 10 wins or more in 14 of the last 15 seasons.

* 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 returns the bulk of her coaching staff for the 2011-12 campaign.  Kurt Westendorp returns for his second campaign as the assistant coach.  He formerly spent three seasons as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Albion. The Bulldogs' staff this season again includes Dorow's father, Rick Bloodworth, as a volunteer assistant coach for the sixth season.  Former Bulldog players Becci Houdek and Caitlin Carmody are serving as student assistants.

* National Leader: Senior guard Tricia Principe's .925 free throw percentage in 2009-10 marked the best single-season effort in school history and led the country.  Her 44 consecutive made free throws from Dec. 5 to Jan. 30 of that year also established a new school record. She connected on 86 of 93 attempts in '09-10.  Along with her school-record streak of 44 make's, Principe also had another streak of 21 in a row the same season.