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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - It might be news to you that "The Bachelor" is still on the air. And it might also be news to you that there's a Detroit sports connection in the 18th season, which debuted this month.

Cassandra Ferguson is one of the 27 women competing for the heart of bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis on the ABC reality show. She's a 21-year-old former Detroit Pistons dancer who hails from Shelby Township or Rochester Hills, depending on which "Bachelor" literature you read.

Click here for her ABC Bio: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor/cast/18-bachelorette-cassandra

And she has a 2-year-old son, Trey, with Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey.

Ferguson got a fair share of air time on Monday night's episode, including a scene in which she was crying while looking at a picture of Trey, wondering whether she should go home to be with him.

SPOILER ALERT ...

She decided to stay, she got an I-want-to-keep-you-around rose from Galavis at the end of the night, and she was part of the end-of-show teaser for next week's episode, saying of Juan Pablo: "The last time I felt this way about a guy was never."

Awww.

Stuckey declined to comment about Ferguson's "Bachelor" adventure earlier this month.

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