WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Today's home exhibition against Hoosier Lady Stars canceled

Recent NCAA rule changes do not allow exhibition games against non-Division 1, 4-year institutions

Fans of the Ball State University women's basketball team will have to wait a little longer to officially see the team in action.

Today's preseason scrimmage against the Hoosier Lady Stars was canceled on Wednesday after it was determined the game would be against recently instituted NCAA rules.

The Hoosier Lady Stars is a team of former college basketball players with ties to the Hoosier State. Recent changes in NCAA rules do not permit schools to play non-NCAA Division I four-year college institutions.

Ball State coach Kelly Packard on Wednesday would not comment on the cancellation.

Last season, the women's basketball team had its most successful season in program history. The Cardinals won a school-record 26 games, its first-ever Mid-American Conference Tournament championship and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament.

The program then claimed the national stage by defeating women's basketball powerhouse University of Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Iowa State University in the second round.

Ball State now will open its season with a 7 p.m. tipoff Nov. 13 at the University of Michigan.


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