Today marked head coach Brady Sallee’s first loss against the Miami RedHawks (12-4, 4-2) as they took down Ball State (6-11, 1-4 MAC) in Millett Hall, 60-57.

Prior to today’s loss, the Cardinals had not lost to the RedHawks in their last seven meetings.

Turnovers ultimately made the difference yet again for the Cardinals, tallying 21 where the RedHawks kept theirs to 13. Miami junior Lauren Dickerson played a major role in her team’s victory, leading the team in points and rebounds with 23 and 11, respectively.

Coming off of a victory over MAC West leader Central Michigan, the RedHawks entered today’s game against the Cardinals with a chip on their shoulder. The Miami had four players in double-digit points against Central Michigan, including Savannah Kluesner, who posted 21. 

Kluesner has been a governing player on this RedHawk squad, averaging 19 points in the last four games. Along with teammate Lauren Dickerson, who has had 12 games in double-digit points this season, the duo have led Miami to victories over Toledo, Illinois-Chicago and other notable programs. 

An early 6-0 run saw Miami with an 8-2 lead in the first, but Ball State bounced back with two threes despite Miami’s standing as the top team in the country at defending the three, allowing opponents to shoot just 20 percent from behind the arc. 

The Cardinals dominated the second quarter, scoring 16 to the RedHawks’ eight points. Sophomore Oshlynn Brown guided Ball State in the first half with 12 points while Miami had only four scorers at halftime, with Dickerson posting only eight points.

The remainder of the contest was back-and-forth, the Cardinals grabbing a five-point lead in the third quarter. It went down to the final seconds, where the RedHawks made it to the free throw line three times and the Cardinals were unable to cut the deficit.

Sophomore Oshlynn Brown led the Cardinals in points with 24 and rebounds with 10. Redshirt junior Jasmin Samz followed with nine points.

The Cardinals will take on Kent State Wednesday in Worthen Arena at 7 p.m.

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