January 14, 2014

PREVIEW: Ferris State Women's Basketball Heads To Upper Peninsula This Week

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball continues its four-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road stretch this week as FSU ventures north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Bulldogs will face Michigan Tech on Thursday (Jan. 16) starting at 5:30 p.m. (ET) inside MTU's Student Development Complex Gymnasium at Houghton. Ferris State then wraps up the trip by squaring off against Northern Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 11 a.m. (ET) inside NMU's Berry Events Center in Marquette.

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 women's tipoff. Rob Bentley will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast will also be accessible along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Ferris State (4-6, 4-4 GLIAC) split a pair of GLIAC games on the road last week. The Bulldogs dropped a close 46-44 setback at Malone on Thursday (Jan. 9) before bouncing back to beat Walsh 79-68 on Saturday (Jan. 11). The two games marked FSU's first-ever trip to face both schools in Canton, Ohio.
   
Michigan Tech (10-2, 8-0 GLIAC) has yet to lose a conference game this season and is tied for the GLIAC North Division lead along with Wayne State entering this week's play. The Huskies are riding a nine-game winning streak and beat defending NCAA Division II National Champion Ashland last Saturday (Jan. 11) in a live nationally-televised game.

Northern Michigan (10-2, 7-1 GLIAC) suffered its lone league loss at Ashland last Thursday (Jan. 9) before coming back to beat Lake Erie 55-53 on the road Saturday (Jan. 11). The Wildcats have currently won seven of their last eight games overall heading into Thursday's home tilt versus Grand Valley State prior to facing FSU on Saturday.

This week's games in the Upper Peninsula will mark the first of two meetings for the Bulldogs this season against both Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The Huskies will visit Big Rapids on Feb. 6 with the Wildcats making the return trip to Wink Arena two days later on Feb. 8.

Michigan Tech holds a 42-26 series edge over FSU heading into Thursday's 69th encounter and has won 18 of the last 28 series' matchups to date. Ferris State has captured a win in three of the last five meetings, but dropped two games to Michigan Tech last season by scores of 60-46 in Big Rapids (Jan. 10) and 68-49 in Houghton (Feb. 7).  FSU previously beat a national top-10 ranked MTU team at home in Big Rapids during both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Meanwhile, NMU holds a 41-27 series advantage over Ferris State, but the Bulldogs have won 15 of the last 25 games between the two teams overall. FSU has won five meetings in a row and topped Northern Michigan last year in two close meetings by scores of 47-46 in Big Rapids (Jan. 12) and 73-70 in overtime in Marquette (Feb. 9).

Ferris State, which wraps up a four-game league road stretch this week, returns home for a pair of GLIAC matchups next week inside Jim Wink Arena. FSU hosts Northwood on Thursday (Jan. 23) evening and Lake Superior State on Saturday (Jan. 25).

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