Basketball Begins Preseason Preparations

Seniors Austin Randel (left) and Andrea Clancy (right) are among this year's returnees for the Bulldog men & women, respectively
Seniors Austin Randel (left) and Andrea Clancy (right) are among this year's returnees for the Bulldog men & women, respectively

The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball squads will both begin preparations for the 2009-10 campaign by holding their first official practices Thursday (Oct. 15) afternoon and evening in FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldog men's basketball team, which is guided by eighth-year head coach Bill Sall, welcomes back eight letterwinners from last campaign. Meanwhile, 12th-year head coach Tracey Dorow of the FSU women's basketball team also returns eight letterwinners this season. Four of the women's players and six men's returnees all started at least one contest a year ago.

The Ferris State women's basketball squad concluded the 2008-09 season with a 13-15 overall record after winning seven of their final nine contests. The Bulldogs made their 10th consecutive and 11th overall berth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.

The men's basketball team finished 14-14 overall and placed third (12-10) in the GLIAC North Division a year ago. In 2008-09, FSU also made its 10th GLIAC Tournament appearance and fourth in the last five years. Last year represented the seventh consecutive year the Bulldogs had won 10 or more games under Sall after the program had not done so in the four years prior to his arrival.

The Bulldog men's basketball squad is slated to play a pair of exhibition games starting on Thursday, Oct. 29, with a preseason matchup against Aquinas College at Greenville (Mich.) High School. The exhibition slate also includes a visit to NCAA Division I preseason nationally-ranked Dayton (Ohio) on Tuesday, Nov. 3, before tipping off the regular season with a non-league tilt at Lewis (Ill.) on Sunday, Nov. 15, at Romeoville, Ill. The following night, Nov. 16, the Bulldogs visit Central Michigan for a regular-season contest against the NCAA-I Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad will hit the court for the first time with an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Rochester Hills, Mich. FSU then officially opens the 2009-10 season by visiting former GLIAC-member Gannon for a non-conference game on Friday, Nov. 20, inside the Hammermill Center in Erie, Pa.

The Bulldog men and women will both play a 27-game regular season schedule. The two teams will open their 22-game league schedules at home versus archrival Grand Valley State on Monday, Nov. 30, at Jim Wink Arena.

Both teams currently have 13 players on their preseason rosters at this time.