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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 Saturday (Oct. 29) in Rochester, Mich.
Tipoff between the Bulldogs and the Grizzlies is set for 1 p.m. (ET) inside OU's Athletics Center O'Rena.
Last season (11/5/10), Ferris State trailed Oakland by only two points with 18:38 to play before eventually suffering a 70-55 setback to the Golden Grizzlies. Two years 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 were picked to finish second in the Summit League Preseason Poll and earned a pair of first-place votes. They return one of the Summit League's top players in junior Bethany Watterworth, who averaged 17.8 points per game a year ago. Head coach Beckie Francis enters her 12th season at the OU helm.
Oakland posted a 20-12 overall record a year ago and placed tied for third in the Summit League with a 12-6 conference mark. They also reached the Summit League Championship Game.
The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record. Last year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.
Ferris State, under 14th-year head coach Tracey Dorow, returns three starters from a year ago in the senior trio of guards Tricia Principe (Kalamazoo/Mattawan), Kelsey DeNoyelles (Mt. Pleasant/Sacred Heart) and forward Lindsey Pettit (Portland).
In addition to Saturday's tilt at Oakland, the Bulldogs will also host Calvin in exhibition play on Nov. 8, at FSU's Jim Wink Arena in a 7 p.m. (ET) contest.
Ferris State officially opens the 2011-12 season by hosting regional foe Lewis (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.