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Big Monday: The Ferris State University women's basketball team visits West Michigan archrival Grand Valley State on Monday (Feb. 3) evening for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) showdown inside the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale, Mich. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET).
Media Coverage: Monday's game 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 and Sandy Gholston will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast will be accessible while GVSU will provide a video webcast along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
TV Broadcast: Monday's game at Grand Valley State will also be televised across Michigan on Comcast Channel 900 for those cable subscribers.
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.
This Past Week: Ferris State fell to nationally 18th-ranked Wayne State by an 88-83 score in an up-tempo contest on Thursday (Jan. 30) night in Detroit. FSU trailed by a single point at halftime and the contest went back and forth most of the night. Saturday's (Feb. 1) home game versus Saginaw Valley State was cancelled due to an incident near the Ferris State campus and no make-up date has yet to be announced.
Later This Week: Following Monday's game at Grand Valley State, the Bulldogs will return home to host GLIAC North Division opponents Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan later this week. FSU hosts Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 6) night at 6 p.m. (ET) inside Jim Wink Arena before facing Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 8) in Big Rapids. Saturday's contest will begin at 1 p.m. (ET).
Ticket Information: 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.
Last year: Last season, the Bulldog women posted a 13-13 overall mark during head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate's first season at the helm in 2012-13 despite battling injuries most of the year. The injury list included losing the returning GLIAC Freshman of the Year for nearly the entire season among others. FSU finished with a 12-10 mark in GLIAC play while reaching the conference tournament for the 14th time in program history and the double-digit win total marked the 16th time in the last 17 seasons in which the Bulldog women have accomplished the feat. Ferris State fell in the first round of the league tournament after being the preseason favorite.
The Records: Ferris State (6-9, 6-7 GLIAC) fell to 18th-ranked Wayne State 88-83 on Thursday (Jan. 30) night in Detroit. The Bulldogs previously played a pair of games that went to the wire inside Jim Wink Arena last week. FSU and Northwood battled to overtime last Thursday (Jan. 23) night before the Timberwolves prevailed 90-82. The Bulldogs then bolted out to a 25-point lead against Lake Superior State last Saturday (Jan. 25) and withstood a furious LSSU rally to win 74-71 at home.
Grand Valley State (9-9, 7-7 GLIAC) is a half-game in front of the Bulldogs in the GLIAC North Division as the Lakers own a 9-9 overall record to go with a 7-7 league slate. The Lakers also battled Wayne State to the wire on Saturday (Feb. 1) before falling 78-76 at home in Allendale. Overall, they've dropped their last three games to date and six of their last seven overall this year.
First Of Two: Monday's matchup between the Bulldogs and Lakers in Allendale will be the first of two meetings between the longtime West Michigan rivals this season. GVSU is scheduled to visit FSU on Thursday, Feb. 27, for the final regular-season game in Big Rapids at Jim Wink Arena.
Looking At Grand Valley State: The Lakers are presently riding a three-game losing skid after falling to 18th-ranked Wayne State 78-76 on Saturday (Feb. 1) at home in Allendale. Overall, GVSU has dropped six of its last seven contests to date, but owns a 5-1 overall record at home this year inside the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena. Head coach Janel Burgess' squad is paced in scoring by senior guard Dani Crandall at 12.0 points per game with former Morley-Stanwood product and Bowling Green transfer Bailey Cairnduff, a sophomore, at 10.6 points per outing. The Lakers' roster also includes a former Big Rapids native in junior forward Kat LaPrairie, who is totaling 8.5 points per game.
Series History: GVSU holds a 55-27 advantage heading into Monday's 83rd encounter. The Lakers have claimed 13 of the last 22 series' matchups and beat the Bulldogs twice last season by scores of 83-73 in Big Rapids (2/2/13) and 70-59 in Allendale (3/2/13). However, GVSU fell to FSU twice in 2011-12 as the Bulldogs recorded a 58-50 win at Wink Arena (1/28/12) along with a 46-44 regular-season finale triumph in Allendale (2/25/12). The two teams split two games in 2010-11 with GVSU posting a 69-62 win over FSU (1/29/11) in the "131 Showdown" at Van Andel Arena prior to Ferris State's exciting 65-62 triumph in the regular-season finale (2/26/11) at Wink Arena. FSU has won six of the last 13 matchups overall.
The Head Coaches: Ferris State – Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate (Aquinas), 2nd season, 19-22 (.475) - (0-2 vs. GVSU). A veteran coach with 27 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches prior to her FSU arrival a year ago, Lamoreaux-Tate spent the previous 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 prior to her appointment as Ferris State's head coach in June 2012.
Grand Valley State – Janel Burgess, (Iowa State, 1998), 7th year at GVSU. Burgess came to GVSU after three years as an assistant at Missouri State, four years at Michigan State and one year at Maine. Burgess led the Lakers to a 16-12 mark her first season followed by a 20-10 record and a berth in the NCAA-II Tourney in 2008-09.
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