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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.
In the first game of the new year, both teams looked to advance to 1-0 in 2020 and 1-0 in conference play. In a Mid-American Conference opening tilt between the Cardinals and Golden Flashes, both teams went back-and-forth as the lead would change hands 14 times.
Effort and toughness.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (8-4, 0-0 MAC) made its return to Worthen Arena Monday after not having a contest on its home floor for 23 days. The Cardinals showed signs of rust after the holiday break but turned their play around in the second half and came away with a convincing 84-49 victory against Urbana (7-6, 3-3 AMC).
A lackluster start by both teams eventually saw Ball State Men's Basketball (7-6, 0-0 MAC) jump out in the second half against Portland (8-7, 0-0 WCC) for a 61-46 win to wrap up the Diamond Head Classic.
Ball State was never out of it. The Cardinals went down by nine twice to the Miners before rallying back to keep the game competitive, going on a 15-7 run in the final three minutes to pull within one of UTEP.
Head coach James Whitford described redshirt senior forward Tahjai Teague’s performance as a “Junkyard dog” in Ball State's (6-5, 0-0 MAC) 85-64 loss to No. 22 Washington (9-2, 0-0 PAC 12) in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.
Ball State Women’s Basketball (7-4, 0-0 MAC) will return to Muncie on a hot streak after finishing with a 3-0 record in the Lobo Invitational following their convincing win over New Mexico (9-6, 0-2 Mountain West) Friday, 70-57.