In sports, there’s the saying ‘defense wins championships,’ whether it is true or not, Ball State is testing the theory. Although they haven’t reached the final mark, their continued stout defensive performances have led them to have a successful season so far.
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One constant that has been surrounding the Cardinals this season is playing from start to finish. Playing in close games has been consistent throughout the entire season. Wednesday’s conference tilt against Toledo (11-15, 6-9 MAC) proved to be no different. Ball State Women’s Basketball (19-8, 11-4 MAC) defeated the Rockets 66-60 in a physical game from start to finish.
With a first-round bye in the Mid-American Conference up for grabs and just three games left, Ball State Men’s Basketball (16-12, 9-6 MAC) needed a win. The Cardinals took down Western Michigan (11-17, 4-11) 71-61 to stay in a tie with Buffalo as the fourth seed.
For the first time since defeating Kent State at the beginning of the month, Ball State had a sense of security heading into the final five minutes of the game.
Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, Ball State needed something to go its way and with seven minutes left in the game, it did. Redshirt freshman guard Jarron Coleman passed it to freshman guard Luke Bumbalough and he sinks the three on the wing to make it a 49-46 game.
Close margins of victory have been the theme for Ball State Women’s Basketball this season. On Saturday it saw yet another game decided by 10 points or fewer. This time, it was Eastern Michigan that was able to take the slight edge over the Cardinals 61-58. Here are four takeaways from the Cardinals’ first loss in February.
Through the Cardinals' last five games, the winner hasn't been decided in the final seconds nor have they dominated the entire game. Only a few of Ball State's games have come down to the final possession, but these past five games its been the space between the last five and two minutes where the game has been decided.
In a back-and-forth contest that went all the way down to the final possessions, turnovers stalled Ball State Women’s Basketball’s (18-8, 10-4 MAC) chances, as it fell to Eastern Michigan (13-12, 7-6 MAC) 61-58.
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
At this point a year ago, Ball State owned a record of 7-18 and had just recently come off of a 97-58 loss at home to Buffalo.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (18-7, 10-3 MAC) has shown to be nearly unstoppable at home. The Cardinals only have one flaw so far in Worthen Arena, and that came from out-of-conference play. Beating Northern Illinois (8-16, 4-9 MAC) 97-89 Wednesday, Ball State remains undefeated against Mid-American Conference opponents at Worthen Arena.
Ball State Men’s Basketball (14-12, 7-6 MAC) held Buffalo (17-9, 8-5 MAC) to 0-10 from three to start the game and led by as many as 10 in the first half. The game was tied at 29 at the half, but the Bulls stormed passed the Cardinals in the second half, outscoring Ball State 43-30 and ultimately winning 72-59.
At the 4:14 mark of the game, Ball State trailed 70-50. When the crowd was at its quietest, the Cardinals sparked some magic. Redshirt freshman guard Jarron Coleman scored 10 of his 17 points in those final four minutes of the game. Ball State cut its 20-point deficit to three, but the Falcons ultimately held the Cardinals off with free throws, defeating them 77-71.
The defense has been the story for the Cardinals this season, and Saturday was no different. The second matchup against the Bulls proved to be quite similar to the first one. The defense was a great point of emphasis for Ball State, and it executed like it has all year to come out on top. Here are four takeaways from Ball State Women’s Basketball’s 69-58 defeat of Buffalo.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (17-7, 9-3 MAC) closed out Mid-American Conference East play the right way. The Cardinals swept Buffalo (13-10, 4-8 MAC) in the season series after winning in convincing fashion 69-58.
The Cardinals' last three games have told very similar, yet very different stories.
After going 34 days since its last road victory, Ball State was hungry for a win away from Muncie. It took an all-around team effort to take down Toledo, and that is exactly what the Cardinals did. Contributions from everyone who stepped foot on the court helped lift them over the Rockets. Here are four takeaways from Ball State's two-point win in Toledo, Ohio.
It was an awkward start in Savage Arena, as points were scored before the opening tip. The Cardinals were down moments prior to the contest, and junior forward Oshlynn Brown wasn’t a part of the starting lineup for the first time this season.
Ball State Men’s Basketball (14-10, 7-4 MAC) was up 57-56 over Northern Illinois (15-10, 8-4 MAC) with 30 seconds left in the game. It led by 15 points earlier in the half and needed something to go right.
Ball State Women’s Basketball went out and protected its home court again Saturday against Akron, as the Cardinals were victorious. The Cardinals' 60-52 win extended their unbeaten win streak in Worthen Arena in Mid-American Conference play. Their record now sits a 6-0 at home.