FSU To Face Tiffin In GLIAC Semifinals

Saturday, March 3
GLIAC Women's Basketball Tournament Semifinals
Ferris State vs. Tiffin, 3 p.m.
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* The Game:
The Ferris State University women's basketball team has advaned to the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Semifinals.  The second-seeded Bulldogs will face third-seeded Tiffin on Saturday, March 3, at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland, Ohio.  Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. (ET).  It marks the first-ever league tourney meeting between FSU and the Dragons.

* Ticket Info: Ashland University will host the semifinals and finals this weekend.  Tickets the semifinals and finals will be available for purchase beginning one hour prior to the start of each session.  Adult tickets are $10 per session (per day) or $4 for all students.

* The Other Semifinal: Host and top-seeded Ashland will face number four seed Michigan Tech in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. (ET) with the winners of both semifinals meeting in the title game on Sunday (March 4) at 2 p.m. (ET).

* Media Coverage: Saturday's game and Sunday's championship game, if necessary, will be carried live by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley calling the play-by-play action from Ashland.  The Meijer Pregame show starts on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (ET).  The broadcast will also be accessible at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.  AU will provide live internet stats, but there is currently no video coverage scheduled for any of the games.  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 this weekend's action via Twitter and Facebook with live scoring updates. Please visit www.facebook.com/ferrisathletics or www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage.

* Quarterfinal Results: Top-seeded Ashland beat number eight seed Northern Michigan 76-56 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday (Feb. 29) to earn the right to host.  Second-seeded FSU topped #7 Findlay by a 68-61 score in Big Rapids.  Meanwhile, #3 Tiffin was a 68-58 winner over #6 Hillsdale at home while #4 Michigan Tech posted a decisive 82-42 home win over #5 Lake Erie to reach the semifinals.

* Bulldog Victory: FSU secured a 68-61 victory over Findlay Oilers in a GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinal game on Wednesday night (Feb. 29) at Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Sarah DeShone with 16 points.  Sophomore forward Nikki Arner added 14 points and senior guard Tricia Principe totaled 11 points. Findlay led 30-29 at halftime, but FSU outscored the Oilers 39-31 the rest of the way to notch the victory.

* The Records: Ferris State (21-5, 17-2 GLIAC) has won 19 of its last 22 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.
   
Tiffin (21-6, 14-5 GLIAC) currently owns a 21-6 overall record to date this year and placed second in the GLIAC South Division with a 14-5 league mark this campaign.  The Dragons are ranked eighth in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tracey Dorow (Western Michigan, 1996), 14th season, 229-161 (.587).  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.
   
Tiffin – Pam Oswald, ((Malone, 1995), 5th season at TU. Oswald is midst her fifth year at TU following time as an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) and Kent State.

* GLIAC Champions: Ferris State officially won the GLIAC North Division Championship in outright fashion with a grueling 80-72 league win over Findlay in regular-season play 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 is making its 13th league tournament berth in women's basketball and has posted a 9-11 overall record to date.  The berth marks FSU's 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 had dropped seven of its last 10 GLIAC Tourney games prior to Wednesday's quarterfinal win. FSU has now made it past the quarterfinal round in seven of its 12 trips to the GLIAC Tourney .... Ferris State has reached the semifinals in its last four league tournament appearances, including this year.

* Series History vs. Tiffin: The Bulldogs trail Tiffin 4-3 in the all-time series edge despite winning two of the first three encounters.  Tiffin has won the last two matchups, including a decisive 78-49 win in the only meeting this season back in early December (12/1) at Tiffin, Ohio. The series' began with a non-league game in 2007-08 before the Dragons became an official league member the following campaign.

* Scouting Tiffin: The Dragons currently own a 21-6 overall record to date this year and placed second in the GLIAC South Division with a 14-5 league mark this campaign.  The Dragons are ranked eighth in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings under fifth-year head coach Pam Oswald.  They have won their last six outings in a row and are paced in scoring by senior guard Mandy Jaeb (13.9 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 21 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 482-486 (.498) 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 21 wins to date this season are tied for the third-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 was first in the league this week in field goal % defense (.360) and rebounding defense (30.2 pg.).  FSU was 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 2,151 career points along with 946 rebounds and 427 assists heading into Wednesday's quarterfinal game.  Principe has scored 1,022 points with 391 boards while Pettit has 409 points and 221 rebounds.  DeNoyelles has added 720 points with 334 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 this week's NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings announced on Wednesday before FSU's quarterfinal win.  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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