Ferris State Women's Basketball Opens Season In Ohio This Weekend At Regional Challenge

Friday - FSU at Ursuline, 1 p.m.
Saturday - FSU vs Davis & Elkins, 6 p.m.
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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will officially open its 2017-18 campaign on the road this weekend (Nov. 10-11) as FSU plays a pair of non-league games in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Ferris State will take part in the Midwest Regional Challenge hosted by Ursuline College inside The Jane and Lee Seidman Gymnasium in Ohio. FSU will face host Ursuline on Friday (Nov. 10) at 1 p.m. (ET) before facing Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) the following day on Saturday (Nov. 11) beginning at 6 p.m. (ET).

There will be no local radio coverage this weekend on the Bulldog Sports Network for the road action, however Ursuline will provide a live video webcast and live internet statistics for all four games of the regional challenge at UrsulineArrows.com.

A year ago, Ursuline beat FSU in opening-weekend action at the Bulldog Classic held inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena. The matchup against Davis & Elkins will represent the first-ever series meeting between the two Division II schools.

Along with the two opponents this weekend, the field will also include fellow Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member Michigan Tech. Both Ursuline along with Davis & Elkins are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), which is also part of the Midwest Region.

Ursuline was picked to win the GMAC this year in the league's preseason coaches poll after claiming a second-straight conference regular-season championship a year ago. They went 25-3 last year while recording a 13-1 league record en route to a NCAA Division II Tournament appearance under head coach Shannon Sword. The Arrows welcome back three seniors, including two-time Great Midwest Player of the Year Laney Lewis.

Meanwhile, Davis & Elkins was picked 10th in the GMAC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Senators were 19-10 overall last year and posted a fifth-place 7-7 conference record. Head Coach Jason Asbell led his squad to the second-most wins in program history a year ago. Davis & Elkins will face Michigan Tech on Friday prior to meeting the Bulldogs.

Ferris State, which was picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, will begin its third campaign under head coach Kendra Faustin with a strong nucleus from last year's team returning. FSU returns 10 squad members from last season and also added five incoming freshmen to the lineup this year.

Headlining the list of returnees will be senior center Rachel McInerney, who averaged a team-leading 15.6 points per game a year ago and ranked as one of the top players in the conference.

Along with McInerney, FSU also returns seven other players with starting experience, including junior Riley Blair who was the team's second-leading scorer at 12 points per game. Senior guard Leah Humes (9.1 ppg.) also is back as the Bulldogs return their top five scorers from a year ago.

Following this weekend's trip to Ohio, the Bulldogs will then return home to FSU's Jim Wink Arena to begin a six-game homestand starting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when FSU entertains Olivet College in a special school day contest starting at 12 p.m. (ET).