WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Ball State to play at Buffalo

Team looks to continue recent success on road

Ball State passed the pre-test with flying colors, winning four of its last five games on its home floor. The ultimate test awaits the Cardinals, a road contest versus Buffalo at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Arena.

Ball State is at the beginning stage of finding a way to win away from the nest, but coach Kelly Packard believes her team has the right mindset to pull out a victory.

"It's the mentality for us to be able to get a conference road win," Packard said. "It's not something we've been able to do. I think we've picked up confidence since we played Toledo and Eastern [Michigan].

The Cardinals enter today's game fresh off of a 66-49 victory over Mid-American Conference foe Miami, increasing their MAC East Divisional win streak to two. Senior forward Emily Maggert posted her 29th career double-double.

Buffalo outlasted Central Michigan 92-89 Tuesday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Senior forward Kourtney Brown averages a double-double per game, and leads the Bulls in both scoring, 22.2 points per game and rebounding, 12.3.

Unlike previous road trips this season, Packard decided to shake things up during the hours leading up to tip off.

"We're not going to get up and go to shoot around and have breakfast," Packard said. "We're going to do something that's out of the loop."

Team bonding intertwined with some fun could allow the Cardinals to be more relaxed.

"I'm letting them have fun with it," Packard said. "I suggested a snowball fight or something fun."

Packard said it's about right now rather than the future for her team.

"The short term goal is to go and get a road win," Packard said. "The long-term goal is how that continues to position us in the MAC standings. There's several things we gain by getting a road win [like] confidence."