Junior Nathalie Fontaine goes up for a lay-up during the game against Ohio on Jan. 24, 2015 at Worthen Arena. Ball State and Ohio are scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Worthen Arena. Breanna Daugherty // DN File
PREVIEW: Contrasting styles to be displayed when Ball State women's basketball takes on Ohio
When Ball State women's basketball hosts Ohio, two competing philosophies will battle for supremacy — bang it down low, or fire away at the perimeter.
Ball State (17-7, 10-2 MAC) leads the Mid-American Conference with its 45.3 percent shooting percentage, in large part because of its emphasis on controlling the paint. The Cardinals are second in the conference with a plus-5.5 average rebounding margin, and the team leads the MAC with 4.1 blocks per game.
But Ohio (17-5, 8-3 MAC) has attempted 642 3-pointers, most in the MAC, and 48.3 percent of their shots are 3-pointers (642-1330), also most in the MAC.
That doesn't mean the Cardinals or Bobcats ignore other facets of the game, though. Ball State is third in the MAC with a 33.5 percent rate from the 3-point range, and Ohio's leading scorer, senior guard Quiera Lampkins, is second in the conference with 19.2 points per game with only 20.2 percent of her shots (65-322) coming from beyond the arc.
But senior center Renee Bennett, the Cardinals' leading scorer, does most of her damage in the paint. She averages 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and she locked up a double-double in the first half of Wednesday's win over Bowling Green State.
"Geez Louise, she's playing at a high level," head coach Brady Sallee said after the game.
Ball State and Ohio are scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Worthen Arena.