Women's Basketball Picked To Repeat As GLIAC North Champions

Women's Basketball Picked To Repeat As GLIAC North Champions

GLIAC Preseason Poll
GLIAC Preseason Preview
GLIAC Media Day Central Website
Video Interview W/Coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball squad, which is the defending league divisional champion, has been chosen to finish first in the 2012-13 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Preseason Poll.

In addition, a pair of Bulldogs were named to the 2012-13 All-GLIAC North Division Preseason First Team in junior guard Sarah DeShone (Elkhart, Ind.) and sophomore 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 today (Oct. 31). The 2012 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 2012 GLIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Preseason Media Polls and the 2012-13 Preseason All-GLIAC Teams, selected by the coaches, were released in conjuction with the launch of the sites.

In the North Division, Ferris State was picked first in the 2012-13 GLIAC Preseason Women's Basketball Poll with 15 first-place votes and 174 points. Michigan Tech was selected second with eight first-place votes and 164 points. In third place was Grand Valley State with 124 points, Northern Michigan was fourth with 96 points, Wayne State was fifth with 83 points, Northwood was sixth with 82 points, Lake Superior State came in seventh with 73 points and Saginaw Valley State was eighth with 36 points.

In the South Division, Ashland was first with 184 points and 23 first-place votes, Tiffin was second with 140 points, Findlay was third with 121 points and Hillsdale was fourth with 120 points. Lake Erie was fifth with 95 points, Walsh was sixth with 68 points, Malone captured seventh place with 50 points and Ohio Dominican rounded out the list in eighth place with 48 points.

The Ferris State women's basketball program begins a new era under first-year head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate by returning eight players from a squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament and also won the GLIAC North Division last season.

A veteran coach with 26 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches, Lamoreaux-Tate most recently spent the last seven years as the varsity girls basketball coach at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where she guided the Cougars to a 167-19 cumulative record.

Ferris State finished the 2011-12 women's basketball season with a 23-7 overall record, which matched the school record set previously in 2006-07 for most wins in a campaign. Last year marked the 15th time in the last 16 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad will hit the court for the first time with an exhibition game versus Calvin on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.  FSU opens the regular-season on Nov. 9-10 in the United Electric Tip-Off Classic hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.  The season opener is against Cedarville (Ohio) on Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. (ET).

FSU will open defense of its conference regular-season championship on the road as GLIAC action begins on Nov. 29 against the Lake Erie Storm in Painesville, Ohio.