MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team evened its Mid-American Conference record at 4-4 and improved to 9-10 overall with a 56-43 home court win over Western Michigan Wednesday night.
Western Michigan opened the second half with an 11-3 run to take its largest lead of the ball game, 34-26, with 14:11 on the clock, but Ball State would then answer with a 21-5 scoring spurt over the next 10 minutes to take a 47-39 advantage over the Broncos with 3:17 left to play. Nathalie Fontaine began the Cardinals’ run with a pull-up jumper and then had help with a layup from Brandy Woody, a three pointer from Brittany Carter off of an offensive board and a three point play completion from junior guard Shelbie Justice.
The Broncos battled to within five (48-43) with 2:34 left on the clock. Woody attacked the basket for two points and Carter’s reverse layup put the Cardinals up 52-43 under the one-minute mark to seal the win.
The majority of the first half was up tempo for both teams as they continued to trade baskets through intermission. The largest lead for both teams in the first half was three points. The Cardinals led 23-20 with one minute remaining after a layup by Woody but Western Michigan's Julia Henson would close out the half with a three point basket to tie the game 23-23.
Ball State was led by the 21 points of Woody, who also added a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. Fontaine scored nine points plus tallied one block and two steals, while Justice recorded seven points, two assists and one steal.
For the game, the Cardinals out-rebounded the Broncos 56-to-43 while holding Western Michigan’s top scorer to only nine points which was off of two field goals and five free throws.
The Ball State women's basketball team heads to the road Sunday for its second cross divisional meeting against Kent State. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The game will mark a homecoming of sorts for head coach Brady Sallee and assistant coach Ryan Patterson, as both coaches spent time coaching the Golden Flashes early on in their careers.