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FSU Basketball At A Glance: The Ferris State women’s basketball team visits nationally sixth-ranked Drury (Mo.) for a non-league tilt Thursday, Dec. 20, in Springfield, Mo. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (EST) and the game will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship game won by the Panthers.
Media Coverage: No Ferris State radio or internet webcast coverage will be available for the game. However, live internet statistics will be offered while the game is in progress on the DU athletics website at www.drurypanthers.com. A link is also available at that site for DU’s audio-only internet webcast, which can also be found at www.jock987.com.
Ticket Info: Tickets will be available at the door on gameday. For more information, please contact the Drury Athletics Department at (417) 873-7265.
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.
Next Home Game: The Bulldogs’ next home contest at Jim Wink Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, when FSU hosts Wayne State for a 6 p.m. (EST) GLIAC outing in Big Rapids, Mich. Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour prior to tipoff.
Going To California: Ferris will have a short holiday break after this week’s trip to Drury (Mo.) before the Bulldogs embark on a three-game trip to California. FSU will open the trip at Cal-State Dominguez Hills (Dec. 28) before visiting Cal-State San Bernardino (Dec. 29). The Bulldogs will conclude the trip at Azusa Pacific (Calif.) on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31).
Dawgs Getting Votes: FSU was listed second among other schools receiving votes in this week’s (Dec. 18) USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs earned 19 points. No GLIAC schools were listed in the top 25 poll.
Another Road Win: Ferris State used a strong second half performance to register its sixth-straight win of the season with a 85-76 GLIAC triumph over Lake Superior State last Saturday (Dec. 15) afternoon in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Bulldogs trailed slightly 38-36 at halftime, but outscored the host Lakers 49-38 in the final period to notch the victory. FSU improved to 7-1 overall and remained unbeaten in GLIAC action with a 3-0 mark this campaign. Senior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) had yet another outstanding offensive performance for the Bulldogs with a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Folcik was joined in double-digits by junior forward Caitlin Hutchison (Riverview), who had a career afternoon with 25 points and six rebounds for FSU. Junior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) chipped in 12 points as well. FSU shot 55.9% from the floor and made 16-of-20 (80.0%) free throws in the win.
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. Rachel Folcik led all scorers with 25 points and also in rebounds by grabbing 14 boards. Teghan Thelen was the other Ferris player to record double digits in scoring with 18 points. Ferris 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.
Welcome Back: 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.
New 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 165-98 (.627) 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.
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.
GLIAC Player Of The Week: Ferris’ Rachel Folcik received this week's (Dec. 17) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honor, which represents the second time this year and eighth time in her career she's claimed the league weekly distinction. Folcik, who previously earned the award this campaign three weeks ago (Nov. 26), led the Bulldogs to their sixth consecutive victory of the season at Lake Superior State. The 6-1 Folcik posted a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot in the victory. She made eight-of-13 (.615) field goal attempts and hit 10-of-11 (.909) free throws in recording her fifth double-double effort this year. Folcik's recognition also represented the eighth time she's earned the honor in her career. She attained the league weekly honor six of the final nine times it was awarded in 2006-07.
Nothing New For FSU: A Bulldog player has earned the conference weekly honor three times to date this season as junior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) claimed this season's first divisional weekly honor following her performance in the season-opening Quincy (Ill.) Subway Tipoff Tourney (Nov. 16-17) prior to Folcik receiving the same award twice this year.
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.
Bulldog Bites: FSU was the only GLIAC-member women’s basketball team to defeat a NCAA Division I foe in exhibition play this preseason ............... The Bulldogs will be on the road the entire month of December as the schedule features no home games in the month ............. Ferris has currently won 15 of its last 18 games dating back to last season ........ FSU will play four of its first five games during the month of January at home inside Jim Wink Arena ...... Caitlin Hutchison’s 25 points at Lake Superior State bested her previous career-high of 16 points recorded in this season’s initial game (11/16) at Quincy (Ill.).
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 are serving as the Bulldogs’ team captains this season.
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. In addition to the poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. FSU’s Rachel Folcik was among five individuals named to the North Division team and also chosen as the GLIAC's Preseason Player of the Year.
Climbing The List: FSU’s Rachel Folcik currently ranks seventh in school history with 1,345 career points and is only 376 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. This season, Folcik currently ranks as the squad's leading scorer (20.8 ppg) and rebounder (9.5 rpg). She's reached double-figure scoring in seven of eight contests while posting five double-double (points & rebounds) efforts this campaign. 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 performances.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 34th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 418-423 (.497) 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 claimed GLIAC Tourney runner-up honors in 1999-00, has posted 10 or more victories 11 consecutive seasons.
Scouting Drury: DU, which is guided by first-year head coach Steve Harold, has advanced to the NCAA-II Tournament each of the last six years, including a runner-up finish in 2003-04. Drury claimed a second-straight GLVC West Division crown last campaign en route to a 25-9 overall record and a return trip to the NCAA-II Elite Eight. The Panthers enter Thursday’s tilt with a 6-1 overall mark this season following Tuesday’s (Dec. 18) 74-57 home triumph over Saginaw Valley State. DU was picked again to win the GLVC West Division and is currently ranked sixth nationally in the latest (Dec. 18) USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. Senior guard Molly Carter currently leads three Panther players in double-figure scoring at 10.7 points per game. Harold previously led Glenville State (W.Va.) to the NCAA-II Elite Eight last year and was named the National Coach of the Year before replacing Nyla Milleson at the Panther helm.
Series Information: The Bulldogs hold a 2-1 all-time series edge over Drury following last year’s 79-69 setback to the Panthers in the Great Lakes Regional title game (3/12/07) at Romeoville, Ill. FSU posted a 91-87 regular-season win over Drury in last year’s home opener (11/25/06) at Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU also recorded a 77-62 triumph over Drury in the 2000-01 campaign (12/19/00) at the Disney Classic hosted by Northwest Missouri State in Orlando, Fla.