Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will hit the floor for the first time this campaign with an exhibition game at NCAA Division I Oakland this Friday (Nov. 5) in Rochester, Mich.
Tipoff between the Bulldogs and the Grizzlies is set for 2 p.m. (ET) inside OU's Athletics Center O'Rena.
Friday's exhibition contest is slated to be webcast live on a pay-per-view basis by Oakland and can be found at http://www.ougrizzlies.com/allaccess/. Additionally, live internet statistics will be offered via GameTracker. All gameday links are also available on clicking on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.
A year ago (11/1/09), the Bulldogs battled back from a 29-point first half deficit versus Oakland to cut the lead to only four with 3:38 to play before dropping a 60-50 exhibition decision in Rochester.
The Golden Grizzlies received votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll and were picked third in the Summit League Preseason Poll. They return one of the Summit League's top players in sophomore Bethany Watterworth, who was the team's second leading-scorer in 2009-10 with a 15.6 points per game average. Head coach Beckie Francis enters her 11th season at the OU helm. Oakland posted a 17-13 overall record a year ago, including a 14-4 conference mark.
The Ferris State women's basketball team concluded the 2009-10 season with an 8-19 overall record. The Bulldogs were 7-15 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action and won their final two regular-season contests.
Ferris State officially opens the 2010-11 season by hosting Edinboro (Pa.) on Saturday, Nov. 20, in a 1 p.m. (ET) non-league tilt at Wink Arena as part of the two-day (Nov. 20-21) Bulldog Classic hosted by FSU.
FSU, which is directed by 13th-year head coach Tracey Dorow, was chosen last week to finish sixth in the GLIAC North Division Preseason Media Poll and return the services of senior forward Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly), who earned All-GLIAC Second Team kudos a year ago and was tabbed as a Preseason All-GLIAC pick this year.