Ball State forward Moriah Monaco prepares to pass the ball to her teammate during the game against Purdue on Dec. 8 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals lost their last game but hope to rebound against Akron Jan. 14. Grace Ramey // DN File
PREVIEW: Ball State women's basketball vs. Akron
Coming off a 101-92 loss, Ball State women's basketball looks to bounce back against a team that has yet to win in Mid-American Conference play.
Ball State (10-6, 3-1 MAC) hosts Akron (7-8, 0-4 MAC) Jan. 14, and the Cardinals won their last two meetings against the Zips, 78-71 last season at home and 77-73 in Akron the year before.
The Cardinals are in a three-way tie for second place in the MAC West as five of the division's six teams are 3-1 or better. West teams are a combined 12-2 against teams from the East division, including Akron.
Ball State scores 70.6 points per game to Akron's 65.9, but the real separation is on defense — the Cardinals only allow 60.4 points per game to the Zips' 67.3.
One area Akron could exploit is Ball State's three-point defense, as the Zips are fourth in the MAC with a 32.4 three-point shooting percentage and Central Michigan just hit 60.7 percent of its three-pointers (17-28) in the Jan. 11 win against the Cardinals.
Before the Central Michigan game, the Cardinals actually led the conference but they dropped to ninth with opponents now making 31.2 percent of their three-pointers.
Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Worthen Arena.