February 27, 2012

GLIAC Tourney: FSU Women Host Findlay

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Women's Basketball vs. Findlay, 7 p.m.
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* The Game:
The Ferris State University women's basketball team hosts the Findlay Oilers for a 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Quarterfinal game on Wednesday, Feb. 29, inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.  Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET).

* Ticket Info: Advance ticket sales for Wednesday's game will go on sale Tuesday morning and can be obtained by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located in the Ewigleben Sports Complex. Ticket prices for the league quarterfinal are $8 for adults or $2 for all students older than age five, including college students with identification. All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type such as FSU Sixth Dawg Club or all-sports passes will be accepted per league tournament regulations. The ticket office is open daily from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) and will remain open on Wednesday leading up to the game with the doors to Wink Arena opening at 6 p.m. For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.

* Student Support: The first 200 students attending Wednesday's game will be admitted free.  Additionally, the first 50 students to arrive will receive championship t-shirts.

* Media Coverage: There will be no local radio coverage due to FSU men's basketball on the road, but the game will be carried live online by the Bulldog Sports Network with Dan Kowalski and Dominic Hennig on the broadcast.  It will be accessible at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet stats will also be offered.  Visit the FSU Athletics website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com for a complete listing of links.

* Follow On Twitter/Facebook: In addition to internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Wednesday's league tourney quarterfinal via Twitter and Facebook with updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with scoring updates.

* The Tourney Field: FSU is the number two overall seed with Findlay seventh in the draw.  The other quarterfinal round games include Lake Erie (#5 seed) at Michigan Tech (#4 seed), Hillsdlae (#6 seed) at Tiffin (#3 seed) along with Northern Michigan (#8 seed) at Ashland (#1 seed). The Lake Erie-MTU game will start at 5:30 p.m. (ET) with the other three games all starting at 7 p.m. (ET). The remaining teams will be reseeded after the quarterfinals and the semifinals and finals will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, at the site of the highest remaining seed. Ashland is the top overall seed and would host the final four with a win over Northern Michigan.

* The Records: Ferris State (20-5, 17-2 GLIAC) has won 18 of its last 21 outings to date this campaign and won the GLIAC North Division with a 17-2 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.
   
Findlay (15-11, 9-10 GLIAC) holds a 15-11 overall mark and finished fifth in the GLIAC South Division with a 9-10 record.  They've won three of their last four games with the lone loss coming at home to FSU on Feb. 18.  The Oilers posted a 17-10 mark a year ago and were 12-7 in league action.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 228-161 (.586).  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.
   
Findlay – Kate Cummings, (6th season at UF, 17th season overall). Cummings previously led Ohio Northern University to four NAIA Tourney apperances, including a "Sweet 16" showing.

* GLIAC Champions: Ferris State officially won the GLIAC North Division Championship in outright fashion with a grueling 80-72 league win over Findlay in the only meeting between the two teams this season (Feb. 18) at UF's Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio. FSU had previously clinched a share of the crown with a 81-63 road win at Wayne State (Feb. 16) in Detroit.  The title is the second in school history and first in outright fashion after sharing the crown in 1999-00.

* League Tourney History: Ferris has posted a 8-11 overall record in 12 previous league women's basketball tournament appearances and will be making its first appearance in the women's field since 2008-09.

* Tourney Notes: The tournament remains on campus sites this season for the 10th year in a row. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the four previous tournaments were held at a neutral site location, with the final three taking place at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Mich ....... The winner of this season's GLIAC Tournament will receive the league's automatic berth into the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Tournament slated for March 9-12 at a campus site to be determined.

* Important Notes: FSU was the tourney runner-up in 1999-00 and 2003-04 ...... Ferris has dropped seven of its last 10 GLIAC Tourney games. However, FSU has made it past the quarterfinal round in six of its 11 trips to the GLIAC Tourney .... Ferris State has reached the semifinals in its last three league tournament appearances.

* Series History vs. Findlay: The Bulldogs currently trail Findlay 9-8 all-time heading into Wednesday's 18th meeting. FSU head coach Tracey Dorow has won eight of the 16 meetings against UF during her head coaching career. However, the Oilers have won five of the last seven matchups, including a 83-67 win last season (2/19/11) at Big Rapids.  This year, though, FSU won the only meeting 80-72 less than two weeks ago (Feb. 18) at UF's Croy Gymansium.

* Scouting Findlay: UF holds a 15-11 overall mark and finished fifth in the GLIAC South Division with a 9-10 record.  They've won three of their last four games with the lone loss coming at home to FSU on Feb. 18.  The Oilers posted a 17-10 mark a year ago and were 12-7 in league action.  Head Coach Kate Cummings' team is led in scoring by junior forward Kayla Brown (12.5 ppg.).

* FSU Cracked Rankings: The Bulldogs were listed 25th nationally once this year (Feb. 7) in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll administered by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.  The ranking marked the first time FSU had been ranked nationally since finishing 25th in the final poll of the 2006-07 season.  That poll was released at the end of the 2006-07 season in which Ferris State reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen by winning a pair of games in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Additionally, FSU's ranking represented the first time the Bulldogs had been found among the nation's top 25 teams in a WBCA regular-season poll in almost 12 years.  The Bulldogs last were ranked in the regular-season at the 22nd spot on Feb. 29, 2000.

* Ten Wins Again: With 20 wins this season, the Bulldogs have now failed to win 10 games in a season only twice in the last 21 years and only once under coach Tracey Dorow. FSU had reached double-digit victories 13 consecutive seasons prior to 2009-10.  The Bulldogs bounced back to win 13 games a year ago.

* Senior Night Win: The Bulldogs recorded a 61-51 win over Hillsdale in their regular-season home finale last Wednesday (Feb. 22).  FSU honored its three seniors after the game, including Lindsey Pettit, Kelsey DeNoyelles and Tricia Principe.  Pettit paced the Bulldogs with 13 points in the game.

* The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 37th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 481-486 (.497) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only previous 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.

* 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.

* 1000 Points: Bulldog senior guard Tricia Principe became just the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career points mark in her final regular-season home game against Hillsdale last week (Feb. 22).  Principe was tabbed as last week's (Feb. 20) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week after averaging 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help the Bulldogs secure the GLIAC North Division Championship with two road wins at Wayne State & Findlay (Feb. 16 & 18).

* Season Of Wins: Ferris State's 20 wins to date this season are the fourth-most in school history.  FSU won a record 23 games (23-9) while moving to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.  Additionally, the Bulldogs' 17 league regular-season victories this campaign are the program's most in school history and topped the 16 wins set in 1999-00.

* Rivalry Victory: Ferris State closed out the regular-season with a hard-fought 46-44 win over archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (Feb. 25) night at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale. The Bulldogs trailed by two points in a low-scoring first half, but outscored the Lakers 32-28 over the final 20 minutes to notch the win. In Saturday's contest, sophomore forward Nikki Arner paced FSU with a game-high 17 points in the contest while senior guard Tricia Principe added nine points. Ferris State held Grand Valley State without a field goal in the final five minutes of the game and the Lakers did not score over the last four minutes.  The win also allowed FSU to post a season sweep over Grand Valley State for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.

* GLIAC Leaders: FSU is first in the league this week in field goal % defense (.360) and rebounding defense (30.2 pg.).  FSU is also second in three-point % (.352), field goal % (.434), rebound margin (+9.4) and free throw % (.751).  Senior Tricia Principe ranks third in free throw % (.874) while Christina Branch is eighth in rebounds (8.1 pg.).  Sarah DeShone is listed third in assists (4.6 pg.), third in three-point % (.435) and ninth in scoring (14.6 pg.).  Freshman Hannah Hoffman is sixth in blocks (1.1 pg.) with sophomore Nikki Arner ranked eighth in field goal % (.487).

* Player Of Week: Bulldog senior guard Tricia Principe was last week's (Feb. 20) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week after averaging 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in two road wins to help the Bulldogs secure the GLIAC North Division Championship.  The 5-9 Principe shot 58% (11-19) from the floor, made nine-of-14 (.643) three-pointers and connected on 11-of-12 (.917) free throws in the two contests.  She recorded 42 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in the two games.  Principe tallied a game-high 27 points and had seven boards in FSU's title-clinching 80-72 triumph at Findlay.  Principe made seven-of-eight free throws, all in the final 58 seconds, to ice the win over the Oilers.

* Season Of Firsts: The FSU women's basketball team is one of three Bulldog teams to win a league championship this winter along with the men's hoops team that claimed a share of the GLIAC North title and the Bulldog Hockey team, which claimed the CCHA Regular-Season crown.

* Senior Trio: FSU's senior trio of Tricia Principe, Lindsey Pettit and Kelsey DeNoyelles have currently combined for 2,128 career points along with 939 rebounds and 422 assists heading into Wednesday's quarterfinal game.  Principe has scored 1,011 points with 390 boards while Pettit has 405 points and 219 rebounds.  DeNoyelles has added 712 points with 330 rebounds.  They have also helped lead FSU to only the school's second-ever league title and first since the 1999-00 campaign.

* Regional Rankings: Ferris State was listed fourth in last week's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings prior to adding two more wins over Hillsdale and Grand Valley State.  The new listing comes out Wednesday.  The top eight teams at the end of the year advance to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional March 9-12 at the highest seed.  The official pairings will be announced Sunday (March 4) night at 10 p.m. (ET) via www.ncaa.com.

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