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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad has placed fifth in the 2011-12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Preseason Poll.
Members of the media voted on this year's preseason poll while the league's respective head coaches and sports information directors took part in the voting for the preseason all-conference teams.
In the North Division, Michigan Tech was picked first in the 2011-12 GLIAC Preseason Women's Basketball Media Poll with 23 first-place votes and 174 points. Grand Valley State was selected second with one first-place votes and 145 points. In third place was Lake Superior State with 106 points, Northwood was fourth with 94 points, Ferris State was fifth with 83 points, Northern Michigan was sixth with 58 points and Saginaw Valley State was seventh with 38 points.
In the South Division, Ashland was first with 153 points and nine first-place votes, Findlay was second with 152 points and 10 first-place votes, Hillsdale was third with 136 points and four first-place votes and Tiffin was fourth with 100 points and one first-place vote. Wayne State was fifth with 77 points, Ohio Dominican was sixth with 53 points and Lake Erie was seventh with 29 points.
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).
The Bulldogs dropped a narrow 80-75 exhibition decision at NCAA Division I Oakland this past Saturday (Oct. 29) in Rochester, Mich. FSU will host Calvin in exhibition play on Tuesday, 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.