PREVIEW: Ball State women's basketball vs. Bowling Green State
With four of its next five games on the road, Ball State women's basketball is going to get used to traveling.
The Cardinals begin the stretch at noon Jan. 21 against Bowling Green State University in the first half of a doubleheader with the men's teams.
Head coach Brady Sallee said the road trip will give his players a chance to clear their heads.
Ball State statistics
Points per game: 71.6 (4th MAC)
Points allowed per game: 60.3 (4th MAC)
Rebounding margin: plus 4.7 (2nd MAC)
Blocks per game: 3.9 (1st MAC)
Assists per game: 18.4 (1st MAC)
Bowling Green State statistics
Points per game: 61.4 (11th MAC)
Points allowed per game: 66.6 (7th MAC)
Rebounding margin: plus 4.4 (4th MAC)
Field goal percentage: 34.3 percent (12th MAC)
"I think sometimes as a player, it's a little bit easier to go on the road because all the distractions around you are gone. You study a little bit, you play ball," he said before cracking a smile. "And don't forget, we eat a lot."
Ball State (12-6, 5-1 MAC) is tied for second in the Mid-American Conference West Division, while Bowling Green (5-13, 1-5 MAC) is tied for fourth in the East.
The Cardinals lead the MAC by shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, while the Falcons are on the other end of the category, last with a 34.3 percent rate. Ball State has limited its opponents to a 36.0 percent field goal percentage and leads the conference with 3.9 blocks per game as well.
As for Bowling Green's home-court advantage, Sallee said he isn't too worried about how his starting lineup, which features three seniors, will perform.
"We've got a seasoned and a veteran team that has been there and done it," Sallee said. "They've been to all these gyms we're getting ready to go to. They'll handle it well."
Tip-off is scheduled for noon, with the men's game beginning afterwards.