Ferris State’s Men’s, Women’s Hoops Programs See Historic Seasons End Due to COVID-19 Crisis
As the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring sports championships on Thursday due to the COVID-19 crisis, two of the many collegiate programs that were impacted by the decision were the Ferris State men’s and women’s basketball programs.
The Ferris State men were set to face Truman State in an NCAA Division II Midwest Region quarterfinal on Saturday and were en route to the tournament location in Indianapolis when the team received the news that its season was coming to an abrupt end.
Team dinner on way home after today’s news. Tough way to end, but another awesome year. GLIAC Champs and impressive 27-6 record. Thanks to our seniors for leading the way! pic.twitter.com/34P5PdK2CH
— Ferris M Basketball (@FerrisMBBALL) March 12, 2020
As a result, the Bulldogs finished their 2019-20 campaign as Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champions and with a 27-6 overall record.
Ferris State’s women’s team was set to make their first appearance in the NCAA Division II national tournament on Friday against GLIAC rival Grand Valley State in Springfield, Mo. Ferris State finished the year with a 21-8 overall record and won the GLIAC North Division.
It marked the first time that both Ferris State programs had reached the NCAA Division II national tournament in the same year.
MISportsNow’s Cassidy Cobb sat down with Ferris State men’s basketball coach and McBain native Andy Bronkema on Friday to discuss the NCAA’s decision and the program’s season.