Maliah Howard-Bass high fives her team mates and get’s pumped up for Ball State’s women’s basketball game against Kent State in John E. Worthen Arena Jan. 23, 2019. Ball State defeated Kent State to break their losing streak and set their overall record for the season 7-11. Eric Pritchett,DN
Breaking down Ball State Women’s Basketball’s 2019-20 non-conference schedule
Two months until their first contest, Ball State Women’s basketball has released its schedule for the 2019-20 campaign. The Cardinals will get a chance at two different non-conference tournaments traveling to the Bahamas and New Mexico.
Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of Ball State’s non-conference schedule for upcoming season.
The Cardinals will tip-off the season with three consecutive road games, but will stay in-state for the first two against IUPUI (Nov. 5) and Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 12). Ball State will finish their road trip in Cincinnati taking on the Bearcats, whom they beat last season, 75-63, for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Cardinals finished the 2018-19 season with a 2-11 record on the road.
Ball State will be in action in Worthen Arena for the first time on Nov. 20 as they take on Xavier for the first time since Ball State beat them 13 years ago, 69-65. On Nov. 23 in-state foe Butler will head to Muncie to take on Ball State. The Bulldogs had the advantage last season knocking off the Cardinals 64-47. In Brady Sallee era, Ball State and Butler have split the six games 3-3. The Cardinals finished last season with a record of 6-10 on their home floor
The Cardinals take a trip to the Bahamas to participate in the Hoopsfest for the first time. They will open up play in the non-conference tournament Nov. 28 against Lehigh and will conclude the Thanksgiving trip Nov. 29 with a shot at a Big Ten school, Wisconsin. Over the past five years Ball State has a record of 2-6 against Big Ten opponents.
After the short two-game trip in the Bahamas, Ball State will be back in action in Muncie against Western Kentucky (Dec. 7). The Lady Toppers and Cardinals battled it out last year in a shootout that ended in Ball State’s favor 86-83. In the past six meetings Ball State has beat Western Kentucky four times.
Ball State will then find themselves with an 11-day break until they head to New Mexico to play in the Lobo Christmas Classic. The Cardinals will tip-off that tournament against Loyola Marymount Dec. 18. Then turn around for a matchup against Providence Dec. 20 and will end the tournament against the host, New Mexico Dec. 20.
After holiday classic, Ball State will compete one more time in Worthen Arena in the 2019 calendar year against Division II opponent Urbana. Last time these two met the Cardinals were able to dominate completely winning in blowout fashion 99-62. Ball State has matched up against Urbana three times since Sallee has been at Ball State beating them all three times.