Saturday, January 24, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Northwood 80, Ferris 65

Bulldogs Now Must Regroup And Go On The Road

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris took quite a gut punch with this 80-65 loss to Northwood on Saturday afternoon in Jim Wink Arena.

Leading Ferris with 19 points was Josh Young while Matt DeHart added 13 and Justin Keenan finished with 12.

For Northwood, Aaron Simpson led the way with 19 points, Antonio Harrison had 17, Lionel Sullivan 14 and Marcus Moore 12.

It was a thoroughly convincing performance by Northwood in the victory.

Ferris (now falling two games behind in the North Division standings) falls to 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC while Northwood improves to 10-7 overall and 6-6 in the conference standings.

Northwood Running The Clock Out

Timberwolves Are Going To Win It

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris right now is looking for some positives coming out of this lopsided loss to Northwood.

One bright spot has been the play of Matt DeHart who came off the bench to score 13 points and hit three triples.

Northwood Being Patient With The Basketball

Experienced Guard Play Paying Off

BIG RAPIDS - Northwood's experienced guards, including Aaron Simpson and Antonio Harrison, have been the pilots that have led the Timberwolves through this dominating performance on the road against Ferris.

Northwood is leading 74-57 with 4:22 to play as we are at the final media time out of this game. The Bulldogs are up against it right now and will need flawless play for the balance of the game to have any shot.

Northwood Up 19

Timberwolves lead 72-53

BIG RAPIDS - Nothing going right for the Bulldogs right now as Northwood is threatening to push its lead up over 20 points.

Ferris really struggling to get stops.

With 9:58 To Play: Northwood 61, Ferris 47

Bulldogs Coming Back With More Starters

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has fallen behind by double digits at 61-47 on the scoreboard as Northwood has played with increasing confidence during the last few minutes.

Ferris has to work to get more quality possessions at its offensive end to match what Northwood is doing.

The Timberwolves are playing more like the home team than Ferris.

Northwood Playing A Perfect Road Basketball Game

Timberwolves On Fire

BIG RAPIDS - Northwood is shooting an unbelievable 60 percent from the floor and now own a 60-45 victory.

The Timberwolves are executing to perfection so far.

Northwood Builds Its Largest Lead

Ferris Falling Down

BIG RAPIDS - Marcus Moore finished off a three-point play to put the Timberwolves up 56-45 with 12:28 to play in the second half of the game.

Things looking tough for Ferris.

NU up 58-45 with 11:36 to play.

NU Opens Up A 44-35 Lead ... Time Out Bulldogs

Ferris Trying To Hang Tough

BIG RAPIDS - Northwood has been red hot the last couple of minutes in the second half as Antonio Harrison nailed a triple shot.

NU leads 44-35 with 16:09 to play in the second half.

Halftime Scorers

Josh Young Leads Bulldogs With Nine Points

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is being led through the first half by Josh Young who has nine points while Justin Keenan is not too far off the pace with eight points.

Matt DeHart has provided a nice lift off the bench with seven points as he is 3-of-3 from the field and 1-of-1 from outside of the 3-point arc.

For Northwood, Aaron Simpson is the leading scorer with eight points while Chris Johnson and Lionel Sullivan have six points apiece.

AT HALFTIME: Northwood 32, Ferris 31

Timberwolves Hold Small Lead At The Break

BIG RAPIDS - The score is 32-31 at halftime and the statistics, for the most part, reflect just how close the contest has been on the scoreboard.
  • Northwood is shooting 45 percent from the floor while Ferris is connecting on about 44 percent of its attempts from the field.
  • Northwood has hit 3-of-6 shots from the 3-point arc.
  • Ferris has hit 3-of-8 shots from downtown.
  • Ferris holds an 18-13 edge on the backboards.
  • Steals are even at 5-5.

Northwood Claims a 23-18 Lead

Timberwolves' Offense Beginning To Click

BIG RAPIDS - Northwood using scoring balance early in the game to take an early five-point lead over Ferris at 23-18.

Ferris got into early foul trouble that has led to some free throws for the Timberwolves. The Bulldogs have, however, recovered from that early foul trouble to put some pressure on the visitors from Midland.

Early Foul Trouble For Bulldog Men

It's Early, But Whistle Going Against Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is now looking at five personal fouls on its side of the scoreboard while Northwood has yet to commit its first personal.

This does not bode well for the Bulldogs as it is just at the 14:34 mark of the first half. Could be a lot of free throws for NU at this pace.

Northwood has its first lead of the game at 9-7.

It's Almost Game Time For the Bulldogs And Timberwolves

Men's Game Now In Pregame Introductions

BIG RAPIDS - This will be a big test for the Bulldogs going against a strong Northwood squad in this Saturday afternoon men's college basketball game in Jim Wink Arena.

The ball will be in the air soon.

FINAL SCORE: Northwood 83, Ferris 67

NU Had Just A Little Too Much For Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris fought valiantly, but in the end just didn't have an answer for Northwood's three-pronged scoring punch of Pam Wilson, Jodi Ostergren and Megan Starnes.

That trio led Northwood to an 83-67 victory during Saturday afternoon's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game in Jim Wink Arena.

Wilson led all scorers with 25 points, Starnes added 18 and Ostergren finished with 14.

For the Bulldogs, Kelsey DeNoyelles came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs with 11 points while Tiara Adams and Chelsea Simonetti each chipped in with 10 points.

Ferris Cuts Lead To Nine On Kelsey DeNoyelles Triple

But, Northwood Responds

BIG RAPIDS - After Kelsey DeNoyelles cut Northwood's lead down to nine points, Jodi Ostergren answered with a layup that bumped the lead back up over double digits to 76-65.

We are in a time out with 2:38 to play on the game clock.

Ferris now must play close to perfect basketball to have a chance to get back into this game with under three minutes to go.

Ferris Can't Slow Down Pam Wilson

Northwood Sophomore Nearing 20-Point Mark

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has had its difficulties in this game trying to slow down Pam Wilson, who has been getting it done offensively by running the floor, shooting from the perimeter and through some hard work in the paint.

Wilson is up to 19 points with a trip to the free throw line coming up as were are now in the midst of the media time out under 10 minutes (9:08).

Wilson hit one of two free throws and now has 20 points.

Ferris Cuts Deficit To 10...

Northwood Bounces Back

BIG RAPIDS - After Ferris had fought to cut the deficit down to 10 points, Megan Starnes hit a triple to put the Timberwolves up 59-46 on the scoreboard.

Ferris had its chances to make it a single-digit game, but the Timberwolves has responded. Sarah Glowacki has just hit a free throw to make it 60-46 with 10:23 to go in the second half.

Ferris Trailing 52-38 At 14:57

Bulldogs Make A Push, But Northwood Pushes Back

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris has been able to push the ball up and down the court, but continues to shoot under 40 percent from the field for the game.

The Bulldogs have had no answers for Pam Wilson who is having a monster game and is up to 17 points on the scoreboard.

The only good news (for the Bulldogs) is she just picked up her third foul.

HALFTIME SCORE: Northwood 37, Ferris 26

Tough Shooting, Ill-Timed Turnovers Hurt Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - While Northwood cooled off, later in the first half with its shooting, the hot start set the tone for the visiting Timberwolves against Ferris.

The Bulldogs hit only 35.7 percent of its shots in the first half while Northwood made good on 43.6 percent of its shots from the field.

Outside of the arc, Ferris connected on just 1-of-6 while Northwood canned 3-of-8 from 3-point land during the game's initial 20 minutes.

On the glass, Northwood held the edge as it outrebounded the Bulldogs 22-17.

Ferris was led by four players with four points apiece (Caitlin Hutchison, Teghan Thelen, Andrea Clancy and Kelsey DeNoyelles).

For the Timberwolves, Pam Wilson led in the first half with 10 points while Jodi Ostergren was next on the list with eight points.

Bulldogs Take Timeout At 2:42

Ferris Coach Tracey Dorow Trying To Fire Up Team

BIG RAPIDS - Bulldogs down 36-21 with 2:42 to play in the first half following a 3-pointer from the corner by Rachel Church of Northwood.

Out of the time out, Ferris turns the ball over to the Timberwolves.

We're Under Five Minutes To Play In First Half

Timberwolves Push Lead Up To 14 (31-17) With 4:06 To Play

BIG RAPIDS - Pam Wilson is continuing her big first half for Northwood as she now leads all scorers in the game with 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and 1-of-2 from the 3-point line.

In addition to Wilson, NU has eight from Jodi Ostergren, who got off to a hot start.

With four points apiece, Ferris is being led by Caitlin Hutchison and Teghan Thelen.

Timberwolves Pushing The Ball Against Ferris

NU's Fast Pace Leads To Double-Digit Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Northwood's run-and-gun style has been effective early in the game as it is shooting better than 55 percent from the field at the under-seven-minute mark.

Ferris is working hard to keep pace, but is shooting only about 35 percent from the field and that is part of the reason for its 11-point deficit at 26-15 with 6:23 to play in the half.

Northwood Off To Hot Start

Timberwolves Living Up To Their Billing As One Of The Best

BIG RAPIDS - Pam Wilson and Karlie LeRoy are among the Northwood players off to hot starts with five points and four points apiece so far in the game.

Northwood is up 22-11 on the scoreboard after the Bulldogs cut into their deficit with a free throw from Chelsea Simonetti.

We are at 9:07 of the first half.

We're About 36 Minutes Before Game Time

Both Teams Warming Up

BIG RAPIDS - The women's basketball teams from Ferris and Northwood are on the hardwood and warming up in preparation for their 1 p.m. contest in Jim Wink Arena.

The Bulldogs and Timberwolves are long-time hardwood rivals in spite of the fact that Northwood is now technically in the South Division while the Bulldogs remain in the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Next Live Blogging Event: Ferris Vs. Northwood In Men's And Women's College Basketball

Bulldogs And Timberwolves: Women's Game 1 P.M., Men's Game 3 P.M.

BIG RAPIDS - This weekend will be a big test for the Ferris men's and women's basketball teams as they face a long-time conference rival in Jim Wink Arena.

Northwood rolls into Big Rapids for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games in Wink. The women's game begins with the ball going in there air at 1 p.m. while the men's contest starts at about 3 p.m.

The Bulldog women are coming off a thrilling 77-74 win over Wayne State on Thursday evening in Wink. Becci Houdek hit a shot with 12 seconds to go that put the Bulldogs in the lead for good.

The Bulldog men are coming off a 76-72 overtime win over Wayne State on Thursday evening in Wink. Justin Keenan led all scorers in the game with a monster 32-point performance. Ferris is now 7-4 in the GLIAC and tied for second place in the North Division.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

FINAL SCORE: Ferris 76, Wayne 72 In Overtime

Bulldogs Have Won Four Straight Home League Games

BIG RAPIDS - Justin Keenan was the man in the middle as he finished with 32 points and knocked down 14-of-17 free throws to make it happen.

The Bulldogs are playing some tremendous basketball at just about the right time of the year. Most important, Ferris has done a great job of protecting its home court during this stand. Ferris wins in overtime by a score of 76-72.

In addition to Keenan, the Bulldogs had 14 points from Josh Young and 13 from Dontae Molden.

For the Warriors, Bryan Wright came off the bench to score 19 points to lead Wayne.

Ferris is now 9-7 overall and 7-4 in the GLIAC ... hanging onto second place.

Ferris Leading Late In The Game

Ferris Hanging On By A Thread

BIG RAPIDS - Justin Keenan hits a pair of free throws with 28.4 seconds to play in the game to put the Bulldogs up 73-70.

Ferris has done a good job of working its way back into the lead and a big part of that has been getting the ball inside to Keenan who now has 30 points to lead all scorers so far.

OVERTIME: Ferris 65, Wayne 65

Bulldogs And Warriors To Play Some Bonus Basketball

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris and Wayne will play some extra basketball for five minutes in what is a fitting situation.

Josh Young's big shot helped force overtime.

Bulldogs have the first possession of overtime.

Big-Time Shot By Josh Young Ties Score

Junior Guard Hits Big Fadeaway

BIG RAPIDS - Josh Young created an opportunity for himself as he hit a fadeaway jumper with 33 seconds showing on the game clock to tie the score at 65-65.

Wayne has possession and has called a timeout with 17.7 seconds to play in regulation.

We'll see. Wayne had possession of the basketball, but could not get it in bounds and had to call another time out.

Young Called For Charge

With 1:37 To Go

BIG RAPIDS - Josh Young called for an offensive foul as Ferris attempted to tie the score at 65. Instead, the offensive foul goes in as a turnover with 1:37 to go and Wayne leads 65-63.

Wayne Leading By Three

The Warriors Are Up 62-59

BIG RAPIDS - Warriors led by as many as seven points, but the Bulldogs have cut into that lead during the last few minutes.

Wayne has been working hard to get the basketball inside to Shane Lawal throughout this game using some high-low action.

We have 4:26 to play in the game.

Bulldogs Trailing At Under 10 Media Timeout

Ferris Down 56-52 At 9:30 Of Second Half

BIG RAPIDS - Wayne State using a balanced scoring attack to open up a four-point lead at just past the midway point of the second half.

Shane Lawal is leading the team with 12 points as he has inflicted much of his damage in the paint using his length and size at 6-foot-9.

Ferris has gone inside on the other end as Justin Keenan continues to lead the Bulldogs with 17 points, but is in foul trouble with three personals.

Game Tied 47-47 On The Scoreboard

Bulldogs Trying To Keep Pace

BIG RAPIDS - The teams are tightly compacted in the standings of the GLIAC. Ferris owns a 6-4 record in the league ... one game behind Lake Superior in the standings (coming into Thursday's action).

Lake Superior is on its way to a win tonight. So, the Bulldogs desperately need this win.

Teams Fighting Hard Early In Second Half

Bulldogs Clinging To A 43-42 Lead

BIG RAPIDS - Bulldogs finding themselves in a little bit of foul trouble as Justin Keenan has three personal fouls while Jason Holder also has three personal fouls.

Bill Sall, Ferris' coach, has brought Keenan back in with 14:56 to play in the second half. Justin has to play smart.

Keenan Off To A Big Start

GLIAC's Second-Leading Scorer Off To Big Start

BIG RAPIDS - Justin Keenan, the second-leading scorer in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is off to a good start with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.

In addition to Keenan, Ferris has seven points apiece from Josh Young and Dontae Molden as it claims ownership of a 37-34 lead on the scoreboard.

It's a battle of two strong defensive teams playing in a physical battle that is indicative of good GLIAC basketball.

For the Warriors, Jerry Oden is leading the way with eight points while Larry Edwards and Bryan Smothers each have added seven points on the scoreboard.

Bulldogs In A Zone Defense

Ferris Still Active

BIG RAPIDS - Bulldogs playing some zone defense against the Warriors, but it is an active and tenacious zone defense with a lot of pressure.

We have two very good defensive basketball teams in this game going at it in some Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action inside of Jim Wink Arena.

Ferris is leading 23-17 with 9:27 to play.

Bulldogs Off To A Nice Start

So Far So Good For Bulldogs

BIG RAPIDS - Justin Keenan has six points early for Ferris to lead the Bulldogs to a 16-11 lead out of the gates with 14:18 to play in the first half.

Ferris shooting 7-of-11 early in the game.

Wayne has had success going inside to Jerry Oden who has six points early in the contest ... including some good action off the pick and roll.

Bulldogs And Warriors Ready To Tip Off In Men's Action

Ferris And Wayne An Intriguing Matchup

BIG RAPIDS - The Bulldogs had a big week, last week, and needs to continue with that tenacious defense that led to that success on the hardwood that included wins over Grand Valley State, Tiffin and Ashland.

Wayne will be a formidable challenge and, traditionally, has played well against the Bulldogs over the years. Ferris must avoid letdowns in this contest against what will be a well-coached Warrior squad.

Houdek Does It Again ... FINAL SCORE: Ferris 77, Wayne 74

Driving Layup Puts Bulldogs Up

BIG RAPIDS - Becci Houdek pushed the ball hard up the court and scored on a driving layup with under 10 seconds to play to put the Bulldogs ahead 76-74.

Wayne turned could not score and was forced to foul. Ferris got a free throw from Caitlin Hutchison to make it a 77-74 game. Wayne had one last shot by Chastidy Miller could not tie the game with a long desperation triple try as time expired.

Smith Fouled With 16.6 To Play

Warrior Center At The Stripe

BIG RAPIDS - Brittany Smith, Wayne's center who is in the midst of a huge game with 19 points and seven rebounds, was fouled with 16.6 to play and knocked down to free throws to tie the score at 74-74.

Wayne, as you would expect, is choosing to pick the Bulldogs up full court with their defense. Ferris had trouble getting the ball in bounds and was forced to call a time out ... narrowly avoiding a five-second call.

Bulldogs Clinging To Slim Lead

Ferris Up, But Not By A Ton

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris is nursing a small lead right now with under one minute to play in regulation.

Brittany Smith made good on a pair of free throws to pull the Warriors within two points at 74-72 with the clock ticking down under 50 seconds.

Bulldogs tied up and loose possession with 36 seconds left.

Thelen Hits Huge Triple ... Two Free Throws From Simonetti

Bulldogs Trying To Pull Away

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris got a big 3-pointer from Teghan Thelen with 2:12 to play and then the Bulldogs got two free throws from Chelsea Simonetti to put the Bulldogs up 74-69.

Bulldogs Lead By Two

Ferris Owns 69-67 Edge

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris center Andrea Clancy's mid-range jumper, which touched nothing but the bottom of the net, has the Bulldogs up 69-67 with about three minutes to play.

Clancy has gotten more minutes in this game than she has in recent contests and she has paid dividends for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-2 center has eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor.

We have 2:56 left.

Thelen Trying To Take Control For Dawgs

Senior Guard Needs Big Finish

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris' Teghan Thelen is now the team's leading scorer with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field that includes 2-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

After Thelen, the Bulldogs have eight points from Chelsea Simonetti, Jenna Guay and Ashley Fleming.

It's 67-65 Wayne with 4:42 to play.

Wayne Coach Gloria Bradley Not Happy

Tough Call On West Takes Teams Into Media Time Out

BIG RAPIDS - Wayne's 6-foot-5 center Lindsey West had a tough call go against her on what looked like a good offensive rebound bid.

The call upset Bradley who had an extended conversation with one of the game officials.

Bowers' Triple Puts Wayne Up

Wayne On A Run

BIG RAPIDS - A triple from Brooke Bowers followed up by a Jasmine McCall basket put the Bulldogs up four points with under 10 minutes to play.

Kelsey DeNoyelles, however, bounced back and scored to trim Ferris' deficit back down to two points at 56-54 with 9:47 to play in the second half.

Wayne Going With Twin Towers Look In The Paint

Coach Bradley Pairs Two Big Post Players

BIG RAPIDS - With under 13 minutes to play, Wayne has decided to pair 6-foot-5 Lindsey West with 6-foot-2 Brittany Smith in the paint.

With Smith in the game, the Warriors have shown a commitment to pounding the ball inside. Ferris will have to adjust and play physical inside.

Warriors Beginning To Pound The Ball Inside

Warriors Using Paint To Its Advantage

BIG RAPIDS - Wayne has been working the basketball inside to 6-foot-2 Brittany Smith, who has come off the bench to provide a spark in the paint with her size.

She has 10 points to this stage of the game.

Second Half Begins Like First Half Ended

Tightly-Contested Battle

BIG RAPIDS - This has all the makings of a game that could come right down to the very last possession before it's decided.

Wayne is continuing to play its gritty and tough brand of basketball (mostly in the paint), but the Bulldogs are continuing to match that effort with its work on the perimeter now.

The Leaders Of The First Half

Bulldogs Enjoy Balanced Scoring Production
BIG RAPIDS - Ferris had four players leading the team with six points apiece during the first half of its home contest against Wayne State.

The Bulldogs had six points each from Jenna Guay, Ashley Fleming, Teghan Thelen and Andrea Clancy.

The fact that three of the Bulldogs four top scorers have been post players could bode well in the second half if Ferris can continue to pound it inside and do some work on the backboards.

Aggressive Wayne Hangs In The Game With More Shots

WSU Holds An Edge In Attempts

BIG RAPIDS - Wayne shot just 38.9 percent from the floor in the first half while the Bulldogs connected on 51.9 percent of their shots.

That is not all that makes the game appear even on the scoreboard. Ferris was 4-of-4 at the free throw line while Wayne was 2-of-2. FSU hit three triples while Wayne nailed four shots from downtown.

So, why is it a one-point game (35-34).

Both teams have hit 14 field goals, but Wayne has gotten more shot attempts and managed to get to near the same score in spite of shooting far less proficiently from the field.

Eventful First Half Of Action

Ferris Holds Narrow 35-34 Edge At Intermission

BIG RAPIDS - Ferris and Wayne are engaged in quite a battle through the first 20 minutes. Both teams have had their moments when they looked particularly impressive.

Visiting Wayne led by as many as eight points while the Bulldogs held leads as large as seven points during the game's first half.

It's Almost Game Time

Bulldogs And Warriors Ready To Go At It

BIG RAPIDS - Should be an interesting battle between the Bulldogs and Warriors. Both women's basketball teams have been a little up and down this season with their play.

That means we could have just about anything happen in this contest that pits two teams that would love to walk away with a win tonight.

We are just under two minutes before the tip.

Live blogging tonight: Ferris State University vs. Wayne State University

College Basketball: Bulldogs host the Warriors in men's and women's basketball

BIG RAPIDS - We will be live blogging this evening from Jim Wink Arena as the Ferris State University men's and women's basketball teams will be hosting Wayne State University.

The women's game starts at 6 p.m. while the men's game is scheduled to begin at approximately 8 p.m. inside of Wink.