Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball program officially begins the 2012-13 campaign and its first season under head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate this weekend as the Bulldogs take part in the United Electric Tip-Off Classic in Louisville, Ky.
The Bulldogs, who are ranked 17th in the Division II Women's Basketball Bulletin Preseason National Rankings and 24th by the USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), will face Division II Cedarville (Ohio) on Friday night (Nov. 9) at 5 p.m. (ET).
Host Bellarmine University will face Kentucky State in the second game at 7 p.m. on Friday with the consolation and championship games set for 5 and 7 p.m. (ET), respectively, on Saturday (Nov. 10) at historic Knights Hall in Louisville.
The Bulldog women's squad, which was picked to win the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division for a second consecutive year, fell to NCAA Division III's top-ranked Calvin Knights by a 65-56 score last Friday (Nov. 2) in exhibition play at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
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. FSU also reached the semifinals at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament last year.
A pair of Bulldog women's players 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).
Cedarville will embark on its first official season as a Division II member on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets recorded an impressive 24-8 overall record a season ago, which included a number of games against Division II competition as a provisional member. Junior guard Kayla Jenerette returns after averaging a squad-best 16.2 points per game last season for head coach Kirk Martin. The Yellow Jackets were the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) runner-up after winning the Midwest Region banner and the Ohio Independent Championship title last season. They will be a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference this season.
Meanwhile, Bellarmine was picked fourth in the 2012-13 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) East Division Preseason Poll. The Knights will also embark on their first campaign under a new head coach as Chancellor Dugan takes the reigns. His squad welcomes back 10 juniors and seniors, including a pair of all-conference performers in Lauren Jones and Kylie Brady. BU finished with a 13-14 overall record a season ago along with a 7-11 mark in GLVC play.
Finally, Kentucky State registered a 9-18 record in 2011-12 and posted an 8-14 ledger in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) action. They pulled off a 64-61 exhibition upset over NCAA Division I Morehead State (Ky.) on Saturday (Nov. 3). Head coach Serena King-Coleman is in her third season at the helm of a team that finished 17-11 overall her initial campaign. Seniors Jasmine Davis and Sharnita Lloyd were selected to this year's Preseason All-SIAC Team for the Thorobrettes.
This year marks the third consecutive season in which Bellarmine University has hosted the United Electric Tip-Off Classic in Knights Hall.
A veteran coach with 26 years of experience on the sidelines and regarded as one of the state's top prep coaches prior to her FSU arrival, 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.