PREVIEW: Women's Basketball Visits Northwood & Lake Superior State

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball Visits Northwood & Lake Superior State

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* The Week Ahead:
The Ferris State women's basketball team hits the road for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week.  FSU visits Northwood on Thursday, Jan. 17, for a 8 p.m. (ET) league encounter at the Bennett Sports Center in Midland.  Then, on Saturday, Jan. 19, the Bulldogs travel to face Lake Superior State inside Bud Cooper Gym starting at 3 p.m. (ET) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

* Home 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 for more information.  They can also be bought online via 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 tipoff of the men's game.  Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston will call the action. A live audio broadcast is accessible online in addition to live internet statistics and a live pay-per-view video webcast.  For a full listing of links, please visit

* 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 or to follow the periodic posts and tweet-by-tweet coverage with scoring updates.

* Last Weekend: Ferris State held onto sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North despite splitting two games at home to wrap up a four-game homestand inside Jim Wink Arena last week.  FSU fell 60-46 to Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 10) night, but came back to post a close 47-46 win over Northern Michigan in Saturday's (Jan. 12) game.  Junior guard Sarah DeShone led the Bulldogs with a team-high 21 points in the loss to Michigan Tech while both sophomore forward Kara Hess and redshirt freshman guard Katie Mavis had 12 points each in the win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

* First-Place Bulldogs: Ferris State held onto sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North with last week's split at Wink Arena.  FSU is 7-3 in the GLIAC North and currently leads second-place Wayne State by a half-game (7-2) in the division heading into Thursday's action.  Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech are both 7-3 in the GLIAC North.  The Bulldogs have won eight of their last 10 games overall.

* The Records: Ferris State (9-4, 8-2 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.
Northwood (7-9, 5-5 GLIAC) has dropped five of its last six outings overall to date this campaign and is coming off a 58-53 home setback to Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 12).
Lake Superior State (5-9, 4-6 GLIAC) has won two of its last three games overall heading into Thursday's conference home game against Grand Valley State.  The Lakers beat Northwood 58-53 on the road last Saturday.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 1st season, 9-4 (.692) - (0-0 vs. NU, 0-0 vs. LSSU).  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.
Northwood – Jeff Curtis, 9th season. Curtis led Northwood to its first NCAA Tournament berthfour years ago and claimed GLIAC and WBCA Region IV Coach of the Year laurels in 2007-08 after helping Northwood to a share of its first-ever GLIAC North Championship.
Lake Superior State – Shannon Eggers, 1st season. Eggers is serving as the program's interim head coach this season after departure of former FSU assistant Justin Rees in August.  She's in her fifth year at LSSU and played collegiately at both Nebraska-Omaha and Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

* Leading The Pack: Ferris State's Sarah DeShone averaged 14 points, four rebounds and an assist as the Bulldogs split two league home contests last week to remain in sole possession of first place in the GLIAC North.  DeShone had a team-best 21 points with three rebounds in Thursday's 60-46 league home setback to Michigan Tech before posting seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 47-46 home win over Northern Michigan on Saturday.  She shot 46% from the floor and was four-of-eight (50%) from three-point range in the two outings.

* Great GLIAC North Run: The Bulldogs have 12 conference regular-season games remaining this campaign.  Overall, the Bulldogs have currently won 25 of their last 29 conference regular-season games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.  FSU posted a first-place 17-2 mark in league play a year ago en route to claiming the North Division crown and currently has a division-leading 8-2 mark to date this season.

* 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.

* Looking At The Opponents: Northwood owns a 7-9 overall mark and is 5-5 in the GLIAC North heading into Thursday's contest.  Ninth-year head coach Jeff Curtis' team is paced by senior guard Rachel Church (12.6 ppg.).  NU has lost five of its last six games to date, including a 58-53 setback to Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 12) ..... Meanwhile, Lake Superior State maintains a 5-9 overall record and is 4-6 in the GLIAC under interim head coach Shannon Eggers after a 58-53 road win at Northwood last Saturday.  The Lakers host Grand Valley State on Thursday night before meeting the Bulldogs.  They are led in scoring by senior guard Maria Blazejewski (17.7 ppg.).

* Coming Up Next: Ferris State returns home to host Wayne State in GLIAC play on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET) inside Jim Wink Arena.  The Bulldogs then face Saginaw Valley State on Saturday, Jan. 26, in a 7 p.m. (ET) league tilt in University Center, Mich.

* 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 last 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.

* 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.

* 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.

* $10,000 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.

* 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.

* Statistical Notes: Sophomore Sarah DeShone is the GLIAC's second-leading scorer to date at 20.0 points per game.  DeShone's eight points shy of notching her 800th career point ..... Ashley Rando ranks third in the GLIAC in steals to date (2.5 pg.).  She notched her 150th career rebounds against Michigan Tech ...... DeShone presently ranks 11th nationally in scoring heading into the week.

* 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) has played in 10 games to date this year for the Bulldogs and reached double-figures three times. She was a member of the FSU volleyball team this fall and helped the Bulldogs to the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Semifinals before joining the basketball team for the first time.

* Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women's basketball program, which starts its 38th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 492-489 (.502) 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.

* 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.

* Series History vs. NU: The Bulldogs maintain a 49-16 advantage over Northwood all-time and are 25-6 (home), 24-9 (road) and 0-1 (neutral) to date versus NU.  Ferris beat Northwood twice each of the last two years and has currently won eight of the last 12 meetings overall after NU had snapped a 24-game series' losing streak with a 68-64 victory in Big Rapids five years ago (1/14/08) for its first victory over FSU since 1995. FSU beat NU 70-50 in Midland (12/10/11) and 78-44 in Big Rapids (1/14/12) last season.

* Series History vs. LSSU:  The Lakers maintain a 50-35 advantage heading into Saturday's 86th meeting. LSSU has won 16 of the last 25 meetings. The Lakers beat FSU twice during the 2010-11 campaign, but FSU won both of last year's matchups by scores of 65-56 in Sault Ste. Marie (1/5/12) and 75-56 in Big Rapids (2/2/12).