In a game where Ball State Women’s Basketball found itself down by as many as 14, offense was hard to find early, but it was found at the right time for the Cardinals to end a two-game losing streak.
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Toughness has been a statement the Cardinals have based their season on. They stayed true to that and continued to show fight in their contest against the Bulls Wednesday.
211 to 212. As water heats up inside a singeing metal pot, the slight jump in temperature means more than a single degree.
The Cardinals were outscored by the Bobcats in three of the four quarters Saturday. Outscoring Ohio, 20-11, in the fourth quarter was enough to get it close but not enough to complete the comeback. Ball State saw production from senior guard Arbrie Benson, scoring 12 points off the bench. Benson had seven of those in the fourth quarter before heading to the bench with 1:10 remaining.
Ball State Men’s Basketball is down 10 at the seven-minute mark of the first half against Miami (Ohio). They are 1-of-7 from deep and need something to ignite. In comes freshman guard Luke Bumbalough.
It was an offensive showdown at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio. Both teams were able to put together solid scoring displays, but Ohio (10-6, 3-2 MAC) was better down the stretch and was able to hand Ball State Women’s Basketball (11-6, 3-2 MAC) its second Mid-American Conference loss of the season, 79-71.
It was as if a switch flipped on for the Cardinals with five minutes left in the first half. With the RedHawks shooting 83 percent from deep and holding onto a 10-point lead, Ball State was looking for a spark heading into the locker room.
In a game where the Cardinals were outscored, 34-14, in the second half, offense wasn’t the only thing Ball State had a hard time finding. From committing three turnovers before their first point to only making 5-of-12 attempts from the free-throw line, the Cardinals were not able to keep up with the Chippewas. Here are four takeaways from Ball State’s 66-39 defeat at Central Michigan.
Coming into the contest, Ball State Women’s Basketball (11-5, 3-1 MAC) and Central Michigan (11-4, 4-0 MAC) were the only two remaining undefeated teams left in Mid-American Conference play, as it was a battle for the overall top spot in the conference.
Through the entirety of their game against the Eagles Tuesday, the Cardinals had lost the lead just once. Even early on when Eastern went up by one or went on a 21-8 run to open up the second half, Ball State always jumped ahead.
When graduate student guard Jasmin Samz hits the hardwood for a game, she’s got one focus. That is to help her team in the best way she can to help it be victorious. Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Eastern Michigan continued to prove why she is a leader for Ball State Women’s Basketball. In a physical conference matchup, Samz used her hustle and next-play mentality to lift the Cardinals over the Eagles to remain unbeaten in conference play.
Ball State Women’s Basketball's (11-4, 3-0 MAC) performances in second halves this season so far has helped it be successful in the win column. The Cardinals were even better again in the second half against Eastern Michigan (7-7, 2-1 MAC), and it was enough for them to come out on top to extend their current win streak to seven games straight.
Ball State Men’s Basketball (9-7, 2-1 MAC) had Akron (13-3, 2-1 MAC) on the brink of defeat, but a second-half lapse ultimately was the deciding factor in the Cardinals’ 75-60 loss. Akron has yet to lose at home, and Friday night was no different, as the Zips moved to 10-0 on their stomping grounds. Here are four takeaways.
Friday night’s conference rivalry game between Cowan and Daleville had everything from a full crowd and a homecoming celebration to a loud atmosphere and the Blackhawks’ first victory over their rival in four years.
Friday night’s Central Indiana Conference matchup was different for the Bruins. Their third-year head coach Jerry Hoover would miss the game because he was hospitalized this week due to having pneumonia. He left the keys to his son and assistant coach Don Hoover. The absence of the team’s head coach did not distract Blackford (8-2, 3-0 CIC) from defeating Madison-Grant (6-5, 1-2 CIC), 93-74.
Beginning in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ball State Women’s Basketball has turned the 3-0 trip at the Lobo Christmas Classic into a six-game win streak and an undefeated start in conference play.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (10-4, 2-0 MAC) had a chance to extend two streaks and they took full advantage of the opportunity as they knocked off Bowling Green (7-7, 0-2 MAC), 86-80.
The second half of the season for Mid-American Conference teams is unlike the first.
Over the course of the past three games, the Cardinals have held their opponents to an average of 57 points per game. Redshirt senior forward Tahjai Teague has been the leading force on defense in this winning stretch. In Tuesday’s 88-68 conference victory against Buffalo, Ball State used that same recipe for success that has worked in the past: Stop the opponent on defense to create open looks on offense.
Buffalo (9-6, 0-2 MAC) has had Ball State Men’s Basketball’s (9-6, 2-0 MAC) number since 2017. Tuesday night was different. The Cardinals defeated the Bulls, 88-68, and remain undefeated in Mid-American Conference play.