Ball State made everything difficult for Northern Illinois all day, winning 72-50 on the road.

The Cardinals were able to hold the Huskies to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field and 19 percent from the 3-point line.

Ball State (21-4, 10-4 MAC) also caused Northern Illinois (13-12, 5-9 MAC) to commit 21 turnovers, which resulted in 16 points for the Cardinals.

It took a while for the Cardinals to get going on the offensive end but they found their groove, shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc. Cardinals ended the game with four scorers in double digits.

Junior guard Jasmin Samz led all scorers with 18 points, knocking down 7-10 of her shots from the field and grabbing 7 rebounds.

Ball State will be back at home Wednesday to take on Western Michigan (14-11, 7-6 MAC) at 7 p.m.

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