Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will play its first official home contest of the regular-season on Tuesday (Nov. 14) as the Bulldogs host Olivet College in a special school-day game starting at 12 p.m. (ET) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
As part of the contest, the Bulldogs will welcome school children from Big Rapids Public Schools for the matinee game.
Tuesday's game will be carried live by local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston on the call. Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. (ET) with the live audio broadcast and a pay-per-view video webcast also available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Ferris State is off to a 2-0 start this year under head coach Kendra Faustin. The Bulldogs swept two regional foes at the Midwest Regional Challenge this past weekend in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
FSU opened the 2017-18 season with an impressive 81-75 victory over returning NCAA Division II Tournament qualifier and host Ursuline on Friday (Nov. 10). The Bulldogs then wrapped up the weekend of action with a decisive 107-70 victory over Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) on Saturday (Nov. 11) in the tourney finale.
Tuesday's game begins a six-game home stretch for the Bulldog women's basketball squad, which will also host Hillsdale on Sunday (Nov. 19) beginning at 5 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.
Ferris State, which was picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC North Division Preseason Coaches Poll, is starting its third campaign under 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 returneesis 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.
Both McInerney and Blair were chosen as preseason all-conference first team selections.