FSU Basketball At A Glance: It’s “Big Monday” as the Ferris State University women’s basketball team opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play against archrival Grand Valley State on Monday evening (Dec. 1) in Allendale, Mich. Tipoff at the GVSU Fieldhouse Arena is set for approximately 6 p.m. (EST) prior to the men’s contest between the two schools.
Media Coverage: Monday’s game can be heard live locally on Bulldog Radio (Charter TV Channel 21 or www.bulldogradio.org) with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties. Live internet statistics will be available for the game. Visit the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferris.edu/sports and click on internet event schedule for a complete list of all available links.
Ticket Info: Tickets for Monday’s game will be sold at the door and all seats are general admission. Prices are $7 for adults or $5 for children under 17 and seniors over 55 years of age. Call the GVSU Ticket Office at (616) 331-3741 for more information on ticket sales.
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.
FSU Falls At Lewis: A rough early start spelled doom for Ferris State as the Bulldogs suffered a 77-66 regional setback on the road at Lewis (Ill.) in their most recent game last Tuesday (Nov. 25) evening in Romeoville, Ill. The host Flyers scored the first 13 points of the game and jumped out to a 22-4 advantage only seven minutes into the contest at LU’s Neil Carey Arena. Lewis held a 42-20 halftime edge before the Bulldogs outscored the Flyers 46-35 over the final 20 minutes. Ferris was able to cut Lewis’ lead down to as few as eight points with 2:44 left in the game, but the Flyers answered with six-straight points to seal the victory. Senior forward/center Jenna Guay (Escanaba) finished with a team-best 18 points and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) added 10 points with senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia) limited to nine points. Thelen had averaged 31 points in FSU’s opening two games of the season.
FSU Splits Two: Ferris State opened the 2008-09 campaign splitting two games at the Kentucky Wesleyan Lady Panther Classic (Nov. 15-16) in Owensboro, Ky. The Bulldogs topped host KWC 83-77 in the season opener (Nov. 15) before dropping a narrow 68-62 game to Indianapolis (Nov. 16) the following day. FSU led by as many as nine points with 12:30 to play against Indianapolis and the score was tied with 1:35 to play before the Greyhounds reeled off nine consecutive points to grab the win.
Last Season: Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history two years ago, wrapped up the 2007-08 season with a 17-12 overall record and placed tied for third in the GLIAC North Division with a 11-7 league mark. The Bulldogs return nine letterwinners and four starters this season.
Two Years Ago: Ferris State, which advanced to the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional Championship Game for the first time ever two years ago, was ranked 25th nationally in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs, who prior to 2006-07 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 two seasons ago.
The Bulldog Tradition: The Ferris State women’s basketball program, which will embark on its 35th season of varsity competition, has compiled a 429-436 (.496) all-time mark. The Bulldogs won their only 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 in 1999-00 and 2003-04, has posted 10 or more victories 12 consecutive seasons.
Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Eleventh-year FSU head coach Tracey Dorow (formerly Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk) presently ranks as Ferris’ all-time winningest coach with a current 176-111 (.613) 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 the Bulldogs’ run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.
The FSU Roster: Ferris’ 2008-09 roster includes four seniors, one junior, five sophomores and three freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are guards while the remaining six are frontcourt players. All 13 players on the roster hail from Michigan.
The Coaching Staff: The Bulldogs’ full-time assistant coach is Crystal Harris, who is in her second season at FSU after playing collegiate basketball at the University of California-Riverside. She also has professional playing experience. Coach Dorow’s father, Rick Bloodworth, returns for his third season as a volunteer assistant coach following a lengthy tenure as a junior college coach at Lake Michigan College from 1987 to 2006. The newcomer to the staff is former Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (Mich.) High School coach Mark DeNoyelles, who is a volunteer this campaign and is the father of current FSU sophomore guard Stephanie DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) and freshman guard/forward Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart).
B2 Broadband Webcasts: A live broadband video and audio webcast will be available via B2 Networks for all of FSU’s home games and selected road contests this season. The pay-per-view feed is available for an individual game cost or in a season package 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 2008-09 Ferris State home games will be provided in progress via the internet. Two options for the live stats will be available, including one from Presto Sports. Visit the site at www.ferris.edu/sports and click the “Live Stats” icon to access.
GLIAC Games On The Air: All 22 of FSU’s 2008-09 league games are tentatively slated to be carried live 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.
Bulldog Bites: Ferris’ home opener at Jim Wink Arena is not until Saturday, Dec. 13, when the Bulldogs host Hillsdale in GLIAC action with tipoff set for 1 p.m. (EST) ..... The Bulldogs continue their league-opening road swing by traveling to Ohio for two games later this week. FSU visits Ashland Thursday, Dec. 4, for a 5:30 p.m. (EST) league game in Ashland, Ohio, and then takes on league newcomer Tiffin on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 1 p.m. (EST) in Tiffin, Ohio.
FSU Picked Third: Ferris State was picked to finish third in the 2008-09 GLIAC Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced during the league's media day teleconference (Oct. 30). The poll was chosen by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 30-member group tabbed Michigan Tech and Hillsdale to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively. The Bulldogs totaled 121 points in the balloting and trailed only MTU's first-place 179 points and Grand Valley State’s 134 points in the North Division.
Preseason All-GLIAC: FSU senior guard Teghan Thelen (Pewamo/Westphalia), who averaged 10.4 points per contest a year ago, was one of five players named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division squad in voting by the league’s member head coaches. Five players were also named to the South Division team with Hillsdale’s Katie Cezat earning GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year laurels.
GLIAC Player Of the Week: Ferris’ Teghan Thelen was named this season's first recipient of the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week (Nov. 17) honor as announced by the league office. Thelen averaged 31 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulldogs split two games to open the season at the Kentucky Wesleyan Lady Panther Classic. The 5-6 Thelen tallied a personal career-high and game-best 36 points and connected on a school single-game record eight three-pointers with nine rebounds and four assists in FSU's season-opening triumph over KWC. She then added a game-high 26 points with seven boards and four assists in Sunday's setback against unbeaten Indianapolis. Thelen shot 56% (20-36) from the floor in the two games, including an 11-of-20 (.550) effort behind the three-point arc.
Record Breaker: The eight three-pointers made by Teghan Thelen versus KWC surpassed former Bulldog Lori Young's school-record seven treys made at Michigan Tech back during the 1992-93 campaign (12/12). Her 36 points also tied for the third-highest single-game figure in Bulldog history while her 67% (8-12) effort behind the arc is the second best mark all-time at FSU.
More On Teghan: FSU’s Teghan Thelen was Ferris' second-leading scorer (10.4 ppg.) last season behind departed All-GLIAC First Team pick Rachel Folcik and added 119 rebounds, 85 assists along with 35 steals in starting 25 of 29 games. Her 50 made three-pointers led the squad and ranked as the 10th-best seasonal figure in school history. She also had 19 double-figure scoring games. Thelen currently ranks sixth in school history with 111 career three-pointers made and is among the top 10 performers in school career three-point percentage (.359). Her 86.6% (97-112) career free throw percentage is the best mark in school history to date. A three-year letterwinner, Thelen scored 10 points or more in 11 games as a sophomore during the 2006-07 season, including four consecutive contests to end the year, as the Bulldogs reached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen.
Top Of 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.
All In The 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 third 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 second 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.
Free Admission Game: Ferris fans will be admitted free of charge for FSU’s only non-league home game this season against Marygrove on Dec. 29 (6 p.m.) at Wink Arena. The game will be one of four FSU men’s and women’s games designated as “Fan Appreciation” contests during the holiday season. The other three games are men’s non-league outings versus Olivet (Nov. 25), Grace Bible (Jan. 3) and Kuyper (Jan. 5). No admission will be charged for any of these games although all donations of canned goods to help the needy will be accepted at the door.
Scouting Grand Valley: GVSU holds a 3-1 overall record to date following a 73-62 loss in their most recent game (Nov. 22) at nationally-ranked Drury (Mo.). The Lakers are led in scoring by senior forward Kim Wyngaard (12.8 ppg). GVSU, which won the NCAA-II National Championship in 2005-06, finished 16-12 overall and tied for third place in the GLIAC North Division (11-7) last campaign. Grand Valley State, which is guided by second-year head coach Janel Burgess, won its first three games of the season before the loss to Drury, including two wins at home. The Lakers also played Kentucky Wesleyan in the Drury Tournament (Nov. 21), topping KWC by a 57-50 score.
Series Information: GVSU holds a 49-23 advantage heading into Monday’s 73rd encounter. FSU has won only
five of the last 12 series’ contests, but recorded a 62-59 win in the first meeting
last year (1/12/08) at Allendale, Mich. The Lakers came back to record a 69-62 triumph
in last year’s regular-season finale (2/23/08) at Big Rapids. The Bulldogs have won
two of the last three games overall. Tracey Dorow currently has a 11-11 career coaching record against the Lakers.