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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State University women's basketball squad is officially slated to open the 2007-08 campaign Friday, Nov. 16, against the host school in the Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tip-Off Tourney with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) in Quincy, Ill. Delta State (Miss.) and Minnesota-Duluth will also be in the field and meet in the early game at 6 p.m. (EST). The consolation and championship games are set for Saturday at 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. (EST), respectively.
Media Coverage: No media coverage is currently planned for either of Ferris’ games in the Quincy Tournament. “Live Stats” will be available on the Quincy Athletics website at www.quincy.edu/athletics (click on women’s basketball & then live stats link).
Ticket Info: For ticket information regarding the event, please contact the Quincy Athletics Department at (217) 228-5475.
About Ferris State: Ferris State University is a NCAA Division II school located in Big Rapids, Mich., with an enrollment of 12,578. The Bulldogs are a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Big Rapids is located in West Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Grand Rapids or 40 miles west of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Big Exhibition Win: The Bulldogs toppled NCAA Division I Central Michigan in exhibition play (Nov. 1) by registering a convincing 83-61 victory over the Chippewas at CMU's Rose Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Hot shooting and solid defense proved lethal as the Bulldogs connected on 51.8% (29-56) from the floor while holding Central Michigan to a 26.7% (23-86) success rate in field goals. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) led all scorers with 25 points and also in rebounds by grabbing 14 boards. Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) was the other Ferris player to record double digits in scoring with 18 points and also added eight rebounds. Ferris State raced out to a 17-point (39-22) halftime lead and never looked back as the Bulldogs outscored the hosts 44-39 in the second half.
Last Campaign: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from one of the most successful seasons in school history. Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever last season, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to last year had never won a NCAA Tournament game, recorded back-to-back wins in their first two national tournament contests en route to the regional runner-up finish. Ferris also compiled a second-place tying 13-5 GLIAC regular-season finish and earned the program's eighth consecutive GLIAC Tournament bid.
Back In The Mix: The FSU women's squad returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season’s spectacular NCAA Tourney run. Although the squad lost a trio of key players in guards Kristin Reinhart and Erin Miller along with forward Audrey Thwing, the returnees include three players with significant starting experience in senior forward/center Rachel Folcik, senior guard/forward Sam Johns (Allendale) and junior guard Teghan Thelen. Folcik started all 32 contests last year, Johns made 22 starts and Thelen was in the lineup 14 times.
Welcome To Campus: FSU’s roster this season includes seven freshmen, six of whom are new to the program as true freshmen. The Bulldogs also have one redshirt freshman in guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart). The remaining eight players all saw game action last season.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tenth-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 158-97 (.620) career record at Ferris State. A 1996 graduate of Western Michigan, she guided FSU to a 22-7 mark and the school's first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tourney appearance during the 1999-00 campaign. 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 before last season’s run to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Coaching Staff: The Bulldogs have a new full-time assistant coach this season in Crystal Harris, who played collegiate basketball at the University of California-Riverside. She also has professional playing experience and replaced former assistant coach Justin Rees, who landed a NCAA Division I assistant coaching position at Maine in August. Coach Dorow’s father, Rick Bloodworth, returns for his second season as a volunteer assistant coach following a lengthy tenure as a junior college coach at Lake Michigan College from 1987 to 2006.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 411-422 (.493) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only GLIAC crown, advanced to their first NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Tournament and recorded the nation’s highest grade point average in 1999-2000. FSU, which also claimed GLIAC Tournament runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons to date.
The Bulldog Roster: Ferris’ 2007-08 roster includes three seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen. Seven of the 15 players are guards while the remaining eight are frontcourt players. Fourteen of the 15 players on the roster hail from Michigan. Rachel Folcik and Teghan Thelen will serve as the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris’ home opener at Jim Wink Arena is set for Friday, Nov. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (EST) versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the two-day GLIAC/GLVC Challenge at Big Rapids ..... Ferris State’s 2007-08 GLIAC opener is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, versus Saginaw Valley State beginning at 6 p.m. (EST) in Wink Arena.
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games this season. The cost is $6 per game and includes live video along with a radio audio feed. To access the service or obtain more info, please visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports.
Live Internet Stats: “Live Stats” of all 2007-08 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: FSU women’s basketball (GLIAC games only) will be carried live this season through a partnership with Bulldog Radio, a registered student organization on the Ferris campus. The station can be heard locally on television Channel 21 both via on-campus cable and Charter Communications in Mecosta County. A live 24-hour webcast of the signal is also available at www.bulldogradio.org. A link is also available on FSU’s Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports (under Bulldog Webcasts).
On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics’ official web site can be found at www.ferris.edu/sports. The site features information on all FSU varsity programs including rosters, stats, yearbooks and more.
Ferris Picked Second: Ferris State was picked to finish second in the 2007-08 GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 24). The poll was chosen for the first time in league history by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Grand Valley State and Gannon to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. The Bulldogs totaled 163 points in the balloting and trailed only GVSU's first-place 195 points in the North Division. The Lakers earned 20 of a possible 30 first-place votes with FSU receiving four top votes and third-place Michigan Tech earning six such votes to go along with 158 points.
Preseason Honors: In addition to the preseason media poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was not only among five individuals named to the North Division team, but additionally was chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Returning Impact: As a junior last season, Rachel Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to both the All-GLIAC North Division and All-Great Lakes Region First Teams last year in addition to the GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team. Folcik’s 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The 2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Women’s Basketball College Division Second Team pick, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times last year and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances. A team captain, Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game last campaign. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIAC’s overall leaders.
Tops On The List: Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow became the school’s all-time victory leader with two wins in the Aquinas College Classic (Nov. 18-19) to open the 2005-06 season in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dorow, who also ranks as FSU’s all-time winningest coach, surpassed Pat Dolan’s (1977-89) previous school-record total of 118 wins at FSU. All three of Ferris’ NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances have came under Dorow. She was honored as the GLIAC’s 2003-04 Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to the program’s second-ever 20-win campaign.
Coaching Family: FSU’s Tracey Dorow is far from the only coach in her family. She previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach under her father, Rick Bloodworth, at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. Her father is serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Ferris for the second year in a row this season after a long stint as LMC’s head coach. In addition, her younger sister, Andrea Bloodworth, currently is embarking on her first year as an assistant women’s coach at NCAA-I Liberty following two years in a similar role at NCAA-I Valparaiso (Ind.) along with three years as the top assistant at GLIAC-member Gannon.
Not A New Challenge: This year marked the fourth consecutive year the Bulldogs squared off against an NCAA Division I opponent in exhibition play. Last season (11/12/06), Ferris suffered a hard-fought 68-47 loss versus Michigan State at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Bulldogs dropped a 96-45 decision to Notre Dame in an exhibition game two years ago (10/10/05) at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind. Ferris suffered an 81-72 setback to Central Michigan in its most recent exhibition game against the Chippewas prior to this year during the 2004-05 campaign (10/11/04) in Mount Pleasant.
Not The First Time: The exhibition win for the Bulldogs over Central Michigan represented the second time under current head coach Tracey Dorow in which Ferris has defeated Central Michigan. FSU accomplished the feat in the 1999-00 regular season (12/29/99) with a 67-60 decision on the Chippewas' home court.
Home Sweet Home: Redshirt freshman guard Stephanie DeNoyelles returned to her hometown of Mount Pleasant for FSU’s exhibition game at CMU and scored three points in 17 minutes of action. She completed her final prep season at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy during the fall 2005 season for head coach Mark DeNoyelles, her father. She attained both first-team Detroit Free Press and honorable mention Detroit News Class D All-State kudos as a prep senior.
Back To The Tourney: This year marks the second time Ferris has taken part in the season-opening Quincy Subway Tipoff Tourney. FSU also competed in the event back in 2003-04 and posted a 1-1 mark as the Bulldogs defeated Missouri Western State 70-65 in the opening game (11/21/03) before falling to host Quincy 94-60 in the title contest (11/22/03).
FSU vs. Quincy: Ferris and Quincy have met twice before with the series’ tied at one game apiece. The Bulldogs won the first-ever meeting 72-61 at Big Rapids in 1992-93 before QU took the 2003-04 meeting ........ FSU competed twice at QU’s Pepsi Arena in 2003-04 as the Bulldogs traveled back to Quincy for the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional where they fell to Ashland 82-69 in the quarterfinal round (3/12/04).
Tourney Notes: Ferris has never faced Delta State or Minnesota-Duluth ........ Quincy was 16-11 overall last year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference ...... Delta State recorded a 28-4 mark last year and reached the NCAA-II South Regional Final ..... Minnesota-Duluth was 15-14 overall last year .... Delta State was ranked fifth in the 2007-08 USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. Ferris was listed among others receiving votes with 29 points ..... FSU was the only GLIAC-member school to defeat at Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason.