Home-court advantage is real in regards to Ball State Women’s Basketball. The Cardinals’ play has been consistently better when they have laced them up in Worthen Arena, and that continued against Western Michigan Saturday.
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The Delta Eagles (11-3, 1-2 HHC) have not lost a game at home in nearly two years. That streak continued Friday night, as they moved to 8-0 in their own gym, beating Wapahani (11-4, 2-2 MEC) 54-43.
The Cardinals went into Kent, Ohio knowing that the Golden Flashes have the ability to play a complete 40 minutes of basketball. When the two teams first met in early January, Ball State was able to finish the game in the final 30 seconds. Wednesday's tilt favored Kent State in the final 30 seconds. Here are three takeaways from Ball State Women’s Basketball’s 69-68 defeat at Kent State.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (13-7, 5-3 MAC) was able to connect on the final shot of the game, however, it was only enough to cut their deficit to one point as the final buzzer sounded.
The game of basketball, specifically Ball State Men’s Basketball’s loss to Bowling Green, is and was a game of runs.
Basketball is widely known as a game of runs. Tuesday night at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, was a prime example of that.
Ball State Men’s Basketball and Central Michigan are now sitting at 11-8 and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference after the Cardinals fell short in a close one, 71-66.
Sophomore forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir had two points in the game against Miami (Ohio) just over a year ago. One year later, Agustsdottir went 8-for-12 from the field, including making seven of her last eight shots, to lead Ball State with 19 points, her second-highest season total.
Throughout the entire night, the Cardinals struggled to hold onto the ball. While halftime saw Ball State only down by six, the Cardinals turned over the ball 17 times, leading to 26 Central Michigan points.
Senior guard Arbrie Benson picks up a screen from sophomore forward Thelma Dis Agustsdottir. Benson then finds Agustsdottir off a screen and roll. She takes it up and lays it in for two points.
After a slow offensive start to the game, Monroe Central (9-5) found its groove on both ends of the floor to pull away against conference rival Eastern Hancock (6-5), 60-47, on Homecoming for the Golden Bears.
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.
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.