Mat Mikesell

After ending 2010 with a win, Ball State started 2011 poorly, losing 86-51 to Duquesne University on Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, Ball State drops to 5-8 on the season.

The Cardinals never held a lead and found themselves down 23-9 early in the game against the Dukes.

Ball State could not get within 11 points in the first half and went into halftime down 43-27.

Duquesne also dominated the second half even while only shooting 35 percent from the field. The Dukes shot 43 percent from the field for the game and 42 percent from 3-point range.

The Cardinals shot 34 percent for the game while committing a season-high 35 turnovers.

Senior forward Emily Maggert scored 10 points while grabbing six rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Huber scored nine points from three 3-point shots.

The loss closes out Ball State's non-conference schedule for the season. The Cardinals began Mid-American Conference play Wednesday at the University of Toledo.