GYMNASTICS: Ball State heads north to face Central Michigan in final Rose Center event

Cardinals compete against second nationally-ranked team in consecutive weeks

The Ball State University gymnastics team will face its second-straight top-25 team when it travels to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to face No. 23 Central Michigan University.

The meet will start at 2 p.m. It is the final event in the Rose Center before its upcoming renovation.

If the Cardinals (5-9, 0-4 Mid-American Conference) are to ruin the Chippewas' Senior Day, they will need strong performances from sophomore Brittney Emmons (floor exercise) and senior Bibiana Rodriguez (uneven bars) – both of whom are currently slated to qualify for NCAA Regionals in individual events at the end of the season.

Junior Katelyn Busacker and freshman Tiffany Brodbeck are also in the top five on individual events, chasing their teammates on the bars and floor, respectively.

Central Michigan (10-2, 3-1 MAC) will be saying goodbye to senior Katie Simon, who will face off against Emmons in the all-around. Simon is the second-best MAC gymnast in the all-around; but Emmons competed well against Kent State University's Christine Abou-Mitri – the top MAC gymnast – when they squared off Feb. 28.

The Chippewas will also send off senior Jessica Suder, a balance beam specialist.

Central Michigan is 45-11 all-time against Ball State. The Chippewas defeated the Cardinals 192.925-191.525 in 2009.