December 5, 2012

Women's Hoops To Face Ohio Dominican & Tiffin At Home This Week

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* This Week:
The Ferris State women's basketball team will play its first two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home games this week.  FSU hosts Ohio Dominican on Thursday, Dec. 6, starting at 8 p.m. (ET).  The Bulldogs then take on Tiffin on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the league tipoff set for 3 p.m. (ET).  Both games will follow the men's outings inside Wink Arena.

* Ticket Info: Ferris State home basketball tickets can be purchased in advance thru the FSU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more information.  They can also be bought online via StarTickets.com. Adult general admission tickets are $7 or the cost is $5 for FSU faculty/staff, seniors ages 65 and up or students age 3 thru 12th grade.  FSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID card.

* Media Coverage: Both games will be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to the men's tipoff.  Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. A live audio broadcast will be accessible online in addition to live internet statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast.  For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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

* Important Note: Thursday's game against ODU will represent the first regular-season home game for the Bulldog women under first-year head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate.  FSU played its lone exhibition contest against Calvin at home on Nov. 2, but has played all five of its regular-season games to date either on the road or at a neutral site.

* Last Weekend: Ferris State split a pair of league road contests last week.  FSU topped Lake Erie by a 72-61 score to give head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate her first conference victory on Thursday (Nov. 29) in Painesville, Ohio.  On Saturday (Dec. 1), the Bulldogs fell behind against nationally top-ranked Ashland by 20 points in the first half, but cut the margin all the way down to four points in the second frame before falling by a 72-62 score in a battle of the league's preseason divisional favorites. Sophomore guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) paced the Bulldogs in both games with a game-high 26 points at Lake Erie followed by 20 points against defending national runner-up Ashland on Saturday.

* The Records: Ferris State (2-3, 1-1 GLIAC) finished the 2011-12 women's basketball season with a 23-7 overall record, which matched the school record set previously in 2006-07 for most wins in a campaign. Last year marked the 15th time in the last 16 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.  FSU also reached the semifinals at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament last year.
   
Ohio Dominican (3-2, 0-2 GLIAC) is still looking for its first GLIAC win of the year after a 67-60 home loss to Wayne State last Saturday (Dec. 1) in Columbus.  The Panthers were 7-19 overall and 2-17 in the GLIAC a season ago.
   
Tiffin (3-2, 1-1 GLIAC) owns a 3-2 mark to date and is 1-1 in the GLIAC.  TU is coming off a 67-62 home win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Dec. 1).  The Dragons posted a 21-7 overall mark a year ago and were 14-5 in league play.  The fell to FSU in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Ashland, Ohio.  Tiffin visits Grand Valley State on Thursday night prior to facing Ferris State.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 1st season, 2-3 (.400) - (0-0 vs. ODU, 0-0 vs. TU).  A veteran coach with 26 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches prior to her FSU arrival, Lamoreaux-Tate most recently spent the last seven years as the varsity girls basketball coach at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she guided the Cougars to a 167-19 cumulative record.
   
Ohio Dominican – Lynsey Warren, (Ashland, 2008), 1st season. A former standout player at Ashland, Warren took over the program this summer after former head coach Nathan Bellman departed.  She served as ODU's assistant coach a year ago and also has experience as an assistant at Division III Kenyon College and as a graduate assistant at Ashland.
   
Tiffin – Pam Oswald, (Malone, 1995), 6th season at TU. Oswald is midst her sixth year at TU following time as an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) and Kent State.

* FSU Red Out: A "red out" has been issued for fans attending Thursday's twinbill and all Ferris State fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the Bulldogs.

* Home Sweet Home: This weekend's home contests are the Bulldogs' lone games at home in a season-opening nine-game stretch.  Ferris State will close out the 2012 calendar year with road games at Findlay (Dec. 15) and Hillsdale (Dec. 17). Overall, the Bulldogs will play 11 regular-season home games this season with all being GLIAC tilts.

* 10K Shootout: This season, one lucky Bulldog fan will have a chance to win $10,000 at every conference home game as part of the Lake Osceola State Bank $10,000 Shootout.  One contestant will be picked at random for a chance to make a layup, free throw, three-pointer and half-court shot in 25 seconds.

* Returning All-American: Ferris State's Sarah DeShone earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Honorable Mention All-America honors for her efforts on the hardwood last year. DeShone averaged 14.1 points and 4.6 assists per contest in 2011-12.

* Scouting ODU: Ohio Dominican is 3-2 on the year and is still looking for its first GLIAC win of the season after a 67-60 home loss to Wayne State last Saturday (Dec. 1) in Columbus.  The Panthers were 7-19 overall and 2-17 in the GLIAC a season ago.  First-year head coach Lynsey Warren's squad is paced in scoring by junior forward Katelyn Stuckey (16.8 ppg.).

* Scouting TU: Tiffin owns a 3-2 mark and is 1-1 in the conference.  TU is coming off a 67-62 home win over Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Dec. 1).  The Dragons posted a 21-7 overall mark a year ago and were 14-5 in league play.  The fell to FSU in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals at Ashland, Ohio.  Tiffin visits Grand Valley State on Thursday night prior to facing Ferris State. Sixth-year head coach Pam Oswald's team is led in scoring to date by Jessica Harris (13.6 ppg.).

* FSU vs. Ohio Dominican: Thursday's matchup is the third-ever between FSU and Ohio Dominican.  The Bulldogs own a current 2-0 series' mark against the Panthers with a 70-64 win in Big Rapids two years ago (12/4/10) along with a 69-56 road win last season (12/3/11).

* FSU vs. Tiffin: The series is tied 4-4 overall to date.  FSU won two of the first three encounters. Saturday's meeting will be the fourth all-time series' matchup in Big Rapids where the Bulldogs own a 1-2 mark against the Dragons. The series' began with a non-league game five years ago (2007-08).  Last season, Tiffin was a 78-49 winner at home (12/1/11) before FSU bounced back with a 53-39 win in the GLIAC Semifinals (3/3/12) at Ashland, Ohio.

* GLIAC Preseason Poll: Ferris State was picked to finish first in the 2012-13 GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll announced by the league office.  Ashland claimed top honors in the South Division as both teams were chosen to repeat as divisional champions.

* Second GLIAC Crown: FSU finished with a 17-2 mark in GLIAC play this campaign and won the league's North Division Championship for only the second time in school history in addition to earning conference tournament runner-up honors.

* The Bulldog Roster: Ferris' 2012-13 roster includes two seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Nine of the 14 players are primarily frontcourt players while the remaining five are guards. Ten of the 14 players on the Bulldogs' roster hail from Michigan with three from Indiana and one from Ohio.

* Last Season's Meetings: Ferris State topped Ohio Dominican by a 69-56 count in the lone meeting last season (12/3/11).  Against Tiffin, the Dragons won the regular-season matchup by a decisive 78-49 count in Ohio (12/1/11), but the Bulldogs responded with a 53-39 win in the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals (3/3/12) to end the Dragons' season at Ashland, Ohio.

* New Head Coach: FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger officially announced the appointment of Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate as the Bulldogs' new head coach on June 14. She became only the sixth head coach in the 38-year history of Bulldog women's basketball and replaced former head coach Tracey Dorow, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Valparaiso University in April. In her seven seasons at Grand Rapids Catholic Central, she recorded 23 wins or more six consecutive years, including back-to-back 27-1 marks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.  Her 2009-10 team claimed the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Championship.

* Looking Back To Last Year: Ferris State finished the 2011-12 season with a 23-7 overall record, which matched the school record set previously in 2006-07 for most wins in a campaign. The Bulldogs also advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional semifinals and claimed the schools second-ever GLIAC North Division Championship.

* New Assistant Coach: FSU landed another highly-successful coach from the Grand Rapids area when Charlette Muller was appointed to the assistant coaching position. Muller most recently spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons as the varsity head coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School where she led the Eagles to back-to-back regional finals appearances and a 44-5 (.900) overall record. Muller won 90 percent of her games as a varsity head coach and was the 2010 Associated Press Class A State Coach of the Year.

* Bulldog Notes: Ferris State made its fifth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago.  The Bulldogs eached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen and the regional final in 2006-07 at Romeoville, Ill. ....... Sophomore Kara Hess (Grand Rapids/Grandville) played in her second contest of the year last Saturday at Ashland. A member of the Ferris State volleyball team, she missed the Lake Erie contest due to FSU's appearance in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional but rejoined the team at Ashland and totaled eight points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.

* Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 38th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 485-488 (.498) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their first 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 for the third time last year, has posted 10 wins or more in 14 of the last 15 seasons.

* Key Win Mark: Ferris State's 23 wins a year ago matched its 23-9 mark while advancing to the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07 for the most in school history.  Additionally, the Bulldogs' 17 league regular-season victories were the program's most in school history and topped the 16 wins set in 1999-00.

* All-GLIAC Honorees: Ferris State was well-represented on the All-GLIAC teams announced last season in conjunction with the postseason banquet at the league's final four.  Sarah DeShone was one of 10 first-team honorees while both forward/center Christina Branch and guard Tricia Principe were second-team picks.  Branch also claimed GLIAC All-Defensive Team recognition.

* GLIAC Player Of Week: FSU's Sarah DeShone was honored as this week's GLIAC North Division Player of the Week. She averaged 23 points per contest as the Bulldog women's basketball squad opened league play with a 1-1 mark last week in Ohio.  She led FSU with 26 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals at Lake Erie and then tallied a game-high 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Bulldogs' loss at nationally number-one ranked Ashland. DeShone averaged six rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals in addition to her 23-point per game scoring average in the two contests.

* Season Of Firsts: The women's basketball team was one of three FSU teams to win league championships last winter along with men's basketball and the Bulldog Hockey team, which claimed the CCHA Regular-Season crown and reached the national championship game at the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.

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