Ball State women’s basketball returned to its winning ways at home Dec. 1 after a three-game road trip last brought mixed results.

Ball State (4-2) outscored Chicago State University (0-7) 70-16 in the paint en route to an 88-53 victory at Worthen Arena.

Senior center Renee Bennett and sophomore guard Destiny Washington led the way, each putting up 18 points. Washington also finished the night with a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to her line.

Game Statistics

Ball State field goal percentage: 59.4 percent

Chicago State field goal percentage: 32.2 percent

Ball State rebounds: 43

Chicago State rebounds: 26

Ball State points in the paint: 70

Chicago State points in the paint: 16

"They did a great job of getting me open," Washington said. "They hyped me up before the game, and I pretty much have to give it up to them because they're the ones who got me the ball and set me up to do what I did."

Sophomore point guard Carmen Grande recorded 13 assists in the game as all but three field goals were scored in the paint.

The Cardinals were quick to capitalize on fast break points as well, outscoring the Cougars 22-2 in transition.

“I loved our tempo,” head coach Brady Sallee said. “We wanted to play this game fast and force them to play at that speed."

Not only did Ball State play at a fast pace, but they also brought the intensity on the defensive end. The Cardinals forced the Cougars into shooting just 9-29 from beyond the 3-point line. Sallee said forcing the Cougars to shoot that many shots from beyond the arc was the goal from the start.

"Here's the thing, they don't want to [shoot so many 3s]. In their last game, they shot eight," Sallee said. "That was the beauty of the plan. It was designed to make them do something they didn't want to do."

Ball State will return to action Dec. 4 as they travel to Butler. The Cardinals will be back at Worthen Arena Dec. 8 against Purdue.