Tyler Poslosky

Ball State (4-4) concluded its two-game road trip falling to Illinois State 77-51.

The Cardinals entered the game with a strategy of containing the Redbirds (5-2) explosive offense that was averaging 78 points per game at home.

The Cardinals shooting woes continued as they shot just 31-percent from the field in the first half. Illinois State capitalized on their scoring opportunities, shooting 57-percent from the field, and were seven-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Illinois State jumped out to a 22-6 lead after a basket from junior guard Katie Broadway. The Redbirds took a 49-23 lead into the locker room.

The Cardinals came out with a different look following intermission, scoring 28 points in the half and holding the Redbirds to the same amount. But the deficit was too much for Ball State. Four Redbirds tallied 10 or more points, including Broadway with a team-high 18 points. Ball State did not hold a lead the entire game.

Senior Emily Maggert was the lone Cardinal to reach double-digits in scoring with 12 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Megan Craft scored eight points, including two 3-point field goals.