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A Positive Finish

Women’s basketball ends their season with hope in mind for the future

by Published: Mar 3, 2010

Breaking Out: Junior Tiara Adams (#44) passes the ball though the block­ade of arms set up by Northwood oppo­nents. Adams scored ten points dur­ing the game, and Ferris claimed a 59–58 vic­tory. Photo By: Kate Dupon | Photographer

The Bulldogs enter the post-season on a pos­i­tive note by win­ning their final two games of the season.

The Bulldogs, who missed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tour­na­ment for the first time in 11 sea­sons, ended the year 8–19 over­all and 7–15 in con­fer­ence play after defeat­ing Northwood University and Wayne State University.

After snatch­ing a 36–23 lead in the first half, it looked like the Bulldogs were sure to win against the Wayne State Warriors. Ferris played with con­fi­dence dur­ing the sec­ond half while lead­ing by as many as 15 points and then never trail­ing as they went on to win 61–53. Bulldog head coach Tracey Dorow was pleased with the final week­end of the season.

“It’s always nice to end your sea­son on a win,” said Dorow. “It very rarely hap­pens and we ended our sea­son on two wins after strug­gling for most of the season.”

The Bulldogs are look­ing ahead to next year and gain­ing wis­dom from this sea­son as they pre­pare for the post-season. The entire ros­ter is eli­gi­ble to return next sea­son. Dorow said she feels they have “grown a lot as a team and are build­ing for the future.” Ferris junior for­ward Amy Joostberns will be one of four seniors next season.

“It’s weird com­ing off a win and being excited for post-season,” said Joostberns. “It should be a good year.”

This sea­son will not be for­got­ten and the last two wins will not entirely remove the sting of miss­ing the GLIAC Tournament. Until the 2009–2010 sea­son, Ferris had won at least 10 games each sea­son for the past 14 years. Junior guard Becci Houdek led the team in assists and steals per game this season.

“We still have to remem­ber why we did lose those games and make sure that we take that into the post-season with us and work on it,” said Houdek.

Offensive rebounds fueled a nar­row Bulldog vic­tory, 59–58, over Northwood on Feb. 27. The Bulldogs grabbed 15 offen­sive boards and added 11 second-chance points. A close game with both teams shoot­ing over 50 per­cent from the field and 40 per­cent from 3-point range in the first half, it turned into a fight for the ball dur­ing the sec­ond half.

In the remain­ing sec­onds, the Bulldogs stopped the Timberwolves’ last attempt that could have been another insult added to the Bulldogs’ sea­son. Northwood will bat­tle top-seed Michigan Tech in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the GLIAC Tournament.

“We lost a lot of close games and we need to push them harder so they are more pre­pared to pull out those games next year,” said Dorow.