Bulldog Women Tabbed Fourth In GLIAC North; Branch & DeShone Earn Preseason Mention

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad has been chosen to finish fourth in the 2013-14 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Preseason Poll.

In addition, a pair of Bulldogs were named to the 2013-14 All-GLIAC North Division Preseason First Team for the second-straight year in senior guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind.) and junior forward Christina Branch (Grand Rapids/West Michigan Lutheran).

The announcements were made in conjunction with the official launch of the the special "Media Day Central" websites by the league office Thursday (Nov. 7). The 203-14 GLIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Media Day Central Websites include information on the upcoming campaign with video season previews from each of the respective 32 head men's and women's basketball coaches in the GLIAC.

The 2013-14 GLIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Preseason Media Polls and the 2013-134 Preseason All-GLIAC Teams were released in conjuction with the launch of the sites.

In the North Division, Michigan Tech was picked first in the 2013-14 GLIAC Preseason Women's Basketball Poll with 16 first-place votes and 177 points. Wayne State was selected second with eight first-place votes and 167 points. In third place was Grand Valley State with 143 points, Ferris State was fourth with 124 points, Saginaw Valley State was fifth with 85 points, Northern Michigan was sixth with 70 points, Northwood came in seventh with 64 points and Lake Superior State was eighth with 34 points.

In the South Division, Ashland was first with 178 points and 13 first-place votes, Findlay was second with 177 points and 10 first-place mentions, Hillsdale was third with 122 points and Malone was fourth with 117 points.Tiffin was fifth with 103 points and one first-place tab, Ohio Dominican was sixth with 85 points, Walsh captured seventh place with 56 points and Lake Erie rounded out the list in eighth place with 26 points.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 13-13 overall mark a year ago in the intial season for head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate in a year in which the Bulldogs suffered a number of key injuries.

FSU officially opens the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 23-24 at the United Electric Tipoff Classic hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.  Ferris State opens the season against host Bellarmine at the event on Nov. 23 followed by a matchup against Nova Southeastern the following day.

The Bulldogs' 2013-14 home opener is not until Dec. 5 when Lake Erie visits Wink Arena. The game will also be the school's first GLIAC tilt of the year.

Below is a snapshot of the Bulldogs:

Ferris State University
Coach:  Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate is in her second season as the head coach of the Bulldogs.
2012-13 Record: 13-13 overall, 12-10 in the GLIAC

Overview:  The Bulldogs reached the conference tournament for the 14th time in program history last season and have won 10 or more games in 16 of the last 17 seasons. This year's Ferris State squad will be led by senior guard Sarah DeShone, a two-time All-American who averaged 17.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. She also racked up 54 steals. Sophomore guard Katie Mavis averaged 8.4 points per game and hit 18 treys while senior guard/forward Ashley Rando (10.3 ppg), junior forward Kara Hess (6.7 ppg) and junior center Hannah Hoffman (4.4 ppg) also have experience as starters. Rando hit 39 3-pointers and Hoffman grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game. Hess dished out 29 assists. Three players who used redshirt seasons last year are also back in the fold for the Bulldogs. Sophomore guard Destiny Robinson started out at Grand Rapids Community College and sophomore guard Dena Droste is a transfer from Kent State. Christina Branch was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year in 2011-12 and helped the Bulldogs win a North Division championship and earn an NCAA tournament bid that season.

Noteworthy: Branch averaged 9.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game two seasons ago, scoring in double figures 12 times and leading the team in rebounding during the season.

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