Ball State was down just two points to the No. 1 team in the MAC, with a minute to go. Toledo’s Naama Shafir, who was shooting 5-for-18 at that point, was isolated on Shanee’ Jackson, arguably Ball State’s best perimeter defender.
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Brandy Woody and Shanee’ Jackson sat in utter silence, seemingly in shock at what had happened a few minutes earlier.
For 20 minutes, Jauwan Scaife walked the the ball up the court and initiated the offense. By the end of the second half, he was the offense.
Ball State is no stranger to big moments this season.
Ball State was ranked second in the MAC in field goal defense. Central Michigan was first in scoring. Something had to give.
Brandy Woody received the inbounds pass late in the fourth quarter. She ran a few steps, and then threw the ball up the court to Katie Murphy. Murphy was by herself underneath the basket, with one defender trailing. She pumped as the Central Michigan player bit on the fake and fouled her. Murphy regained her concentration to finish the play, resulting in the and-1 opportunity.
After picking up an offensive foul late in the first half, Jesse Berry walked to the end of the bench and hit a chair so hard it flipped over.
Ball State came into the season with low expectations. Polls predicted the Cardinals would be in last place in the MAC West after losing their head coach and senior leadership.
Whether it’s because Ball State and Ohio knocked each other out of consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournaments in 2010 and 2011 or because of the near-brawl two seasons ago in Worthen Arena, it’s easy to see why today’s game was designated a “Red Out.”
Brady Sallee isn’t the type of coach likely to get caught looking ahead in the schedule. A dangerous risk, teams sometimes pay the price of being distracted by a looming game against a strong team, and end up losing to a below average squad because they didn’t adequately prepare.
As Ball State travels to Ypsilanti to face Eastern Michigan, it can take pride in knowing that it’s allowing 54 points per game since it’s started MAC play.
Jordon Crawford’s game could be described as flashy, maybe even wild, but his style is often wildly effective on the court.
After missing one game with a back injury and coming back ineffective in the next, Nathalie Fontaine had a career night for Ball State.
Contrary to previous opponents, Western Michigan doesn’t have one player that Ball State will be focusing on.
There’s not much Majok Majok hasn’t done this season.
Coming out of Winter Break, the Ball State women’s basketball team was 3-10, and had just suffered its seventh loss in eight games. Since that mark, the team has gone 5-1, all against conference foes.
OXFORD, Ohio – For much of the season, Ball State players speculated about what would happen if Jesse Berry and Jauwan Scaife were both hitting in the same game.
Just three days after scoring 29 against Buffalo, a career high, Ball State junior Brandy Woody dominated the paint in the Cardinals 77-46 win over Ohio.