Ferris Women Listed Third In GLIAC North Poll

Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow talks with reporters during Wednesday's teleconference

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the 2009-10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Basketball North Division Preseason Poll, which was announced Wednesday (Oct. 28) during the league's third annual media day teleconference.

Ferris head coach Tracey Dorow was joined by local media representatives inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena for the teleconference and media members had an opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews following the call.

The poll was chosen for the third year in a row by selected members of the media and the GLIAC's Sports Information Directors. The 24-member group tabbed Michigan Tech and Northwood to win the conference's North and South Division titles, respectively.

The Bulldogs totaled 74 points in the balloting and trailed Michigan Tech's 142 points and second place Grand Valley State's 122 points in the North Division. The Huskies earned 22 of a possible 24 first-place votes with GVSU earning the final two top votes.

Northwood received 16 first-place votes in the South Division en route to a 128-point effort with Hillsdale taking seven divisional top votes and 125 points overall in placing second. Findlay finished third with 90 points and the last remaining first-place vote.

In addition to the preseason media poll, the league also released a Preseason All-GLIAC Team, which was chosen by the conference's head coaches. Michigan Tech's Katie Wysocky claimed Preseason Player of the Year Award laurels.

"I'm excited about the season and some of the fresh new faces we have this year," said Dorow, who will embark on her 12th season at the helm. "We'll have some changes this year with the kids we lost, but it is an exciting time to be part of Bulldog basketball."

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 GLIAC Tournament where they advanced to the semifinals for the third-straight year in 2008-09.

The Bulldogs 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 following is the complete 2009-10 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis.

North Division
1. Michigan Tech (22) - 142 points
2. Grand Valley State (2) - 122 points
3. Ferris State - 74 points
4. Lake Superior State - 72 points
5. Northern Michigan - 67 points
6. Saginaw Valley State - 27 points

South Division
1. Northwood (16) - 128 points
2. Hillsdale (7) - 125 points
3. Findlay (1) - 90 points
4. Ashland - 83 points
5. Wayne State - 44 points
6. Tiffin - 34 points

Below is the 2009-10 GLIAC Women's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team (chosen by head coaches)

North Division
Michigan Tech - Sarah Stream (G/Sr.)
Michigan Tech - Katie Wysocky (F/Sr.)
Grand Valley State - Jasmine Padin (G/So.)
Grand Valley State - Emma Veach (G/So.)
Lake Superior State - Emily Joseph (G/Jr.)

South Division
Northwood - Jodi Ostergren (F/Sr.)
Findlay - Laura Bardall (G/So.)
Findlay - Audra Mihalic (G/Sr.)
Hillsdale - Brooke Knight (G/Sr.)
Hillsdale - Janay Miller (G/Sr.)

Preseason Player of the Year
Michigan Tech - Katie Wysocky (F/Sr.)