It was a showdown at Fifth Third Arena Saturday afternoon where Ball State Women’s Basketball (1-2, 0-0 MAC) and Cincinnati (1-2, 0-0 American) traded leads and fought tooth-and-nail, ending in a 63-56 victory for the Bearcats.
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Editors note: An earlier version of this article stated that Tahjai Teague started against Defiance on Nov. 5. Teague did not start that game and has since been corrected.
Ball State Men’s Basketball won its second game of the season, cooling off the UIC Flames in a 67-48 win. The Cardinals cruised their way to victory, dominating both halves as they found contribution all around. Here is what stood out.
Composed, complete and different.
Ball State had never lost a game to the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons, and Tuesday night was no different. The Cardinals pocketed their first win of the season, led by sophomore Anna Clephane with 16 points, in their 83-52 victory. All but two players on the roster contributed points of their own.
Ball State wasted no time getting the ball rolling, opening the game with back-to-back 3-pointers and sparking an all-around offensive show.
Ball State suffered its first loss of the season to Evansville by four Saturday. However, if you wound the clock back to halftime, the margin of defeat would seem near impossible.
Buckets were hard to come by in Tuesday night’s matchup between Ball State and IUPUI where the Cardinals lost, 65-48. The Cardinals struggled to gather momentum in the first half, tallying more turnovers than they did points after two quarters.
This wasn’t just an opener for Ball State Men’s Basketball. This was a new beginning for six new players who saw their first minutes at the collegiate level.
It was a slow start for Ball State Women’s Basketball (0-1, 0-0 MAC), as first-game jitters seemed to hold the Cardinals back early, and they never could recover, falling to IUPUI (1-0, 0-0 Horizon) for the first time in history, 65-48.
Halfway through the second half of the Cardinals' season opener against Defiance, all five players on the court had seen little to no playing time last season. It was odd for head coach James Whitford, but in a good way.
After recording the fewest number of wins in 25 years with eight last season, Ball State Women’s Basketball is looking to get back to a playstyle that will lead them to success for the upcoming season.
Variety stands a common theme for Ball State Men’s Basketball in the early season. In practice and under the lights of Worthen Arena, there is a mix of talent and competition playing into the Cardinals’ 2019-20 season.
The familiar sound of sneakers squeaking across a freshly waxed wooden floor returned to the Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center as Ball State Men’s Basketball held its first official practice of the season.
Two months until their first contest, Ball State Women’s basketball has released its schedule for the 2019-20 campaign. The Cardinals will get a chance at two different non-conference tournaments traveling to the Bahamas and New Mexico.
The 2018-19 season saw Ball State Men's Basketball finish at 5-9 in Mid-American Conference play and an 11 seed going into the MAC Tournament. An upset over No. 6 Eastern Michigan propelled the team to Cleveland for the third straight year. However, a loss to No. 2 Bowling Green bounced the Cardinals from the tournament and finish with a 6-10 record.
Two months out from tip-off, Ball State Men's Basketball has released its full schedule for the 2019-20 season. The current 30-game schedule has the Cardinals traveling to Hawaii, Georgia and just south of Muncie to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Ball State head baseball coach Rich Maloney has an autographed ball in a glass case. Not a baseball, but a basketball. It was a gift from a friend. That friend is John Beilein, head basketball coach at the University of Michigan.
When March rolls around, some people get excited for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and even National Celery Month. However, for a few million people, March signifies one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
From the NBA and NHL regular seasons winding down to MLB’s Opening Day, March has historically been an exciting month for sports fans. However, one tournament takes place during the month which attracts sports and even non-sports fans alike: the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.