After a solid 95-77 thumping of RTU Klondaika last Thursday, the women's basketball team looks to end the exhibition schedule on a positive note with a win tonight over the Reebok Stars at 8 in Worthen Arena.
In the game against RTU Klondaika last week, the Cardinals came out a bit slow, entering the locker room down by four at half. But a solid 57 point second-half performance led to the victory.
"We came out a little too hype last week," junior Tamara Bowie said. "As the season goes along, we'll calm ourselves down. We're anxious to get back into it and get out and prove ourselves."
While the Latvian team did present some first-half struggles for the Cards, head coach Tracy Roller expects an even bigger fight tonight against the Stars, a team comprised of many former college stars and current WNBA players.
"On paper, if you look at the two teams, this team is very, very good compared to the other team," Roller said. "It will be a great test for us. They're athletic, have great depth and are very strong in every position. Hopefully we'll step up to the challenge.
"They're definitely pumped up. When you're a basketball player in college, and you have players coming in that you've watched when you're in college, you look up to them a little. They're really excited and it will be a good measuring stick for us to see where we're at and what we need to work on."
Bowie, who said Ball State is the team to beat in the MAC, thinks a balanced attack from each position will benefit the team.
"We have so many weapons," Bowie said. "This year, you can't just stop Bowie - you have to stop our whole team."
Proving her point justly, last week Bowie was one of five BSU players to reach double-figures in scoring. Leading the team was 6'2" sophomore center Jessica Reiter, who finished with 16 points, including a 2-4 mark from behind the arc.
"They all have the green light to shoot it," Roller said. "That makes us really hard to guard. Our offense is really clicking right now, but I think what's going to really win championships is our defense and that's what we continue to work on."