Ball State center Renee Bennett tries to get around two Eastern Michigan players to shoot a layup during the game on Jan. 18 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals won 78-49. Grace Ramey // DN
RECAP: Ball State women's basketball at Bowling Green State
Senior center Renee Bennett is now the 26th Ball State women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points.
Bennett led the Cardinals (13-6, 6-1 MAC) with 22 points in their 75-53 win at Bowling Green State University (5-14, 1-6 MAC), and her last basket with 36 seconds left in the game put her over the threshold. She also finished with 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
Bennett is the second Ball State player to score her 1000th career point this season, after senior guard Jill Morrison scored her 1000th career point in a 93-48 win over Urbana Dec. 28.
Ball State statistics
Field goal percentage: 44.4 percent (28-63)
Free-throw percentage: 92.7 percent (13-14)
Points in paint: 38
Leading scorer: Renee Bennett (22 points)
Bowling Green State statistics
Field goal percentage: 26.2 percent (17-65)
Points in paint: 10
Leading scorer: Sydney Lambert (15 points)
Ball State trailed 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, but opened up the second quarter with an 11-2 run to take a 23-18 lead. The run featured six Cardinals free throws, and they finished the game 13-14 from the line. After taking the lead, Ball State led for the rest of the game.
The Cardinals already led the Mid-American Conference with 3.9 blocks per game, and seven players combined to block nine shots against the Falcons. The defensive effort limited Bowling Green to a 26.2 percent shooting percentage, and Ball State outscored Bowling Green 38-10 in the paint.
Junior forward Moriah Monaco scored 15 points on 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc, and junior guard Frannie Frazier scored 11 points coming off the bench.
Ball State's next game is Jan. 25 at Buffalo.