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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad dropped a 70-55 decision to NCAA Division I Oakland in exhibition play on Friday (Nov. 5) afternoon at the Athletics Center O'Rena in Rochester, Mich.
The visiting Bulldogs trailed by only two points with 18:38 to play in the game before a 16-3 OU run gave the Golden Grizzles a lead they would not relinquish.
Oakland limited FSU to only 18 points in the final half on 30.8% shooting after building a slim 41-37 halftime advantage. OU also forced 24 Bulldog turnovers in notching the preseason win.
Junior guard Kelsey DeNoyelles paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes of action. She was joined in double-figures by senior guard Becci Houdek with 10 points and four assists.
The Bulldogs also received seven points, six rebounds and five steals from senior forward Tiara Adams in the losing cause.
On the opposite side, the Bulldogs had trouble stopping the OU combination of Bethany Watterworth and Sharise Calhoun, who combined for 40 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals. They each had 20 points apiece.
The Bulldogs were held to only 39.2% shooting overall for the game and were five-of-17 (29.4%) beyond the three-point line to go with 10-of-14 (.714) at the free throw stripe.
Meanwhile, Oakland totaled a 48.2% (27-56) shooting figure and connected on 50% (4-8) of its field goal tries in addition to 70.6% (12-17) at the line.
Ferris was outrebounded slightly 34-32 for the game and Oakland came up with 12 steals, including six by Calhoun.
The Bulldogs totaled 14 assists, 11 steals and two blocked shots compared to OU's 21 assists, 12 steals and five blocks.
Oakland scored the first five points of the game and led by as many as 11 points in the first half of action. FSU trimmed the margin to only two with 18:38 to go in the contest, but could get no closer on the night.
In the first half, Oakland started the game on a 12-4 run that was capped by a jumper from Liz Hamlet. However, Ferris remained close, cutting the lead to just one point on a basket by Houdek with 2:23 to play in the period. However, Calhoun responded with a basket on the next possession and sophomore Brittney Nelson made a pair of free throws to halt the FSU comeback.
OU's Zakiya Minifee scored on the opening play of the second half, but Oakland's six-point lead was reduced to two points on a basket by FSU junior guard Tricia Principe. Minifee had the answer for OU and scored at the 17:40 mark to ignite a key run that put the Golden Grizzlies up double-digits for the remainder of the game. OU took its largest lead of 69-51 on a free throw by Victoria Lipscomb with 5:25 to play.
Friday's game was the lone official exhibition for the Bulldog women's team. FSU will officially tipoff the 2010-11 campaign by hosting the Bulldog Classic on Nov. 20-21 at FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs host Edinboro in their season opener on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.