Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
• Radio - WERK 104.9 (Jay Garrison)
• Television - None • Internet- www.ballstatesports.com
The Cardinals Nest
- Head Coach Brady Sallee is in his second season at the helm of the Ball State women’s basketball team, leading the Cardinals to a 19-20 overall record during his tenure. He now owns a 155-129 career head coaching record, including his 136-109 mark in eight seasons at Eastern Illinois.
- Sallee helped Ball State post one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Mid-American Conference history a year ago as the Cardinals earned the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament with a 12-4 league mark. Ball State improved eight games from its 4-12 MAC mark in 2011-12, which ties as the biggest MAC turnaround in the last 20 years. Sallee also became just the second coach in program history to start MAC play 8-1 in their first season.
- The Cardinals will face six teams in non-conference action which were postseason participants in 2012-13. Louisville and Purdue both went to the NCAA Tournament last season, while Auburn, Western Kentucky and Wyoming played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and Detroit in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
- Ball State was selected to finish second in the MAC West Division preseason poll. This is the Cardinals highest ranking in the MAC preseason poll since the 2008-09 season, when Ball State was picked to finish first.
- Western Kentucky comes to Worthen Arena Saturday for a 2 p.m. tipoff. The Hill Toppers last played at Worthen Arena in 2009-10 which resulted in a 61-58 victory for WKU. Ball State won the only other meeting scoring a 72-71 overtime victory in Bowling Green, Ky. during the 2008-09 season.