Bulldog Men's & Women's Squads Officially Hit The Floor On Sunday

Bulldog Basketball
Terrance Shaw
Rachel Folcik
Ferris State opened official practice for the 2006-07 basketball season Sunday. Among the returnees this year are Terrance Shaw (top) and Rachel Folcik (bottom) for the men's and women's programs, respectively.
The Ferris State University men's and women's basketball squads both began preparations for the 2006-07 campaign by holding their first official practices Sunday (Oct. 15) afternoon in FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldog men's basketball team, which is guided by fifth-year head coach Bill Sall, welcomes back three starters and six letterwinners from last campaign. Meanwhile, the FSU women's squad returns four starters and 11 letterwinners under ninth-year head coach Tracey Bloodworth-Fisk.

The Ferris State men's squad posted an 18-13 overall mark en route to making its second consecutive NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament berth during the 2005-06 campaign. FSU posted a second-place 13-5 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division regular-season action after claiming back-to-back league crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Ferris also received GLIAC Tournament runner-up accolades last season.

Ferris State wrapped up its 2005-06 women's basketball season with an 18-10 overall record and made its seventh consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance last campaign. FSU, which posted a third-place tying 12-6 mark in GLIAC North Division play a year ago, also registered its 10th consecutive season with 10 or more victories in 2005-06.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad first hits the hardwood with an exhibition contest Sunday, Nov. 12, at NCAA Division I Michigan State starting at 2 p.m. (EDT) in the Breslin Center at East Lansing, Mich. Their first official contest will be five days later on Friday, Nov. 17, when FSU squares off against West Virginia State in the Clarion (Pa.) Tournament with tipoff set for 4 p.m. (EDT) in Clarion, Pa.

The men's team has a pair of exhibition games scheduled against NCAA-I competition. The initial appearance is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 7, versus Toledo (Ohio) starting at 6 p.m. (EDT) in Toledo, Ohio. FSU then visits the University of Detroit Mercy Friday, Nov. 10, for a 7:05 p.m. (EDT) exhibition contest in Detroit, Mich. Ferris' official season opener is Friday, Nov. 17, against host Northern Kentucky in the annual John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic at Highland Heights, Ky. Tipoff is set for 7:45 p.m. (EDT).

The men's basketball squad will be captained this season by senior forwards Terrance Shaw (Saginaw/Bridgeport) and Michael Daniels (Detroit/Murray-Wright) along with senior guard Julius Vines (Muskegon Heights). Captaining the women's team will be senior guards Erin Miller (Niles) and Kristin Reinhart (East Lansing) in addition to junior forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau).

In all, the men's team has 15 players on its current preseason roster while the women's lineup features 13 players at this time.

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