PREVIEW: Bulldog Women's Basketball Heads To Ohio For Two League Games This Week

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University women's basketball hits the road for two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests this Ohio this week. FSU visits Malone on Thursday (Jan. 9) for a 6 p.m. (ET) league tilt in Canton and then squares off against Walsh on Saturday (Jan. 11) starting at 1 p.m. (ET).

It will represent the Bulldogs' first trip to Canton to face the league's two newest schools for the second time each in series' history. The two games this week also open a four-game league road stretch for Ferris State.

Both games will be broadcast locally by Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network starting with the Meijer Pregame Show a half-hour prior to the women's tipoff. Rob Bentley will call the action. In addition, a live audio broadcast and pay-per-view video webcast (Saturday Only) will also be accessible along with live internet statistics. For a full listing of links, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

Ferris State (3-5, 3-3 GLIAC) split a pair of GLIAC games at home inside Jim Wink Arena last week after returning to action following the holiday break. FSU topped Findlay by a 74-62 count on Thursday (Jan. 2) night in Big Rapids before falling to Hillsdale 79-75 on Saturday (Jan. 4) in league action. The Bulldogs have split their last four outings to date.
   
Malone (7-5, 2-4 GLIAC) holds a current 7-5 overall record to date this year and is tied for second in the GLIAC South Division race with a 2-4 league mark after six conference outings. The Pioneers have split their last six contests to date this year and are coming off a 69-62 GLIAC road setback at Wayne State last Saturday.

Walsh (5-6, 1-5 GLIAC) will host Grand Valley State on Thursday before facing the Bulldogs on Saturday. The Cavaliers dropped a pair of conference road outings last weekend at Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State.

The Bulldogs will try to sweep Malone and Walsh for the second year in a row. Last season, in the first-ever series' matchups against both schools, Ferris State recorded a close 54-53 win over the Pioneers at Wink Arena (1/3/13) before topping Walsh 77-59 only two days later (1/5/13) in Big Rapids.

Malone owns a league home win over Northwood along with a conference road victory at Saginaw Valley State this season. The Pioneers currently are 4-1 overall to date at home with the lone setback coming in conference play to Lake Superior State by a 73-71 count (Dec. 12). MU is paced in scoring by Selana Reale, who is averaging 14.5 points per game. Malone started the year with four-straight wins, but has since dropped five of its last eight regular-season outings to date.

Meanwhile, Walsh opened the year with an exhibition victory over NCAA Division I Kent State and captured a win in three of its first four games before dropping five of the last seven overall. The Cavaliers hold a 3-1 home mark heading into Thursday's league contest versus Grand Valley State. Head coach Maria Marchesano's team is paced by Kelsey Funderburgh, who's one of three players currently averaging in double-figures at a squad-best 15.3 points per game.

Following this week's trip to Ohio, Ferris State continues its league road swing next week as the Bulldogs head to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to face Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The two trips to Ohio and the UP are the Bulldogs longest league road trips of the year and come in back-to-back weekends of action.

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