Cardinals win by 66 in final game before MAC season

Graduate student Thelma Dis Augustdottir looks to inbound a pass for Ball State Women's Basketball against Chicago State Dec. 30. The Cardinals defeated the Cougars 119-52 at home. Ball State Athletics, photo provided
Graduate student Thelma Dis Augustdottir looks to inbound a pass for Ball State Women's Basketball against Chicago State Dec. 30. The Cardinals defeated the Cougars 119-52 at home. Ball State Athletics, photo provided

Ball State Women's Basketball will finish its nonconference slate with double-digit wins after defeating Chicago State 119-53 at home Dec. 30. The ´╗┐Cardinals, now 10-3, put in a dominant performance against a winless (0-17) Cougar lineup that has only scored more than 70 points in a game twice this season.

A 26-point performance with seven rebounds and five assists from graduate student Thelma Dis Agustdottir led Ball State while senior Sydney Shafer had 19 points and redshirt senior Anna Clephane had 14 points. Two other players, freshman Ana Barreto and freshman Sydney Bolden also hit double digits in the victory.

Despite a slow start to the contest, the Cardinals held the Cougars to a 17-point first quarter before turning up the defensive effort. In the remaining three quarters, Chicago State only managed nine, 14 and 13 points respectively.

In total, the Cardinals sank 17 3-point shots against the Cougars, suitable for a new Worthen Arena record. The previous record was 16 against Utah State in the 2021 season. The ´╗┐record-breaking bucket was scored by Barreto in the fourth quarter.

Ball State now has the Mid-American Conference (MAC) season on its mind with play beginning at home against Bowling Green Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Cardinals fell to Buffalo 79-74 in last season's MAC Tournament Championship, with the "five points better" mantra also fitting the team's goal for the 2022-23 season: to win the MAC Tournament.

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