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Audrey McDonald-Spencer
Position: Assistant Coach
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Kokomo, Ind.
High School: Kokomo
Alma Mater: Ball State
Graduating Year: 2010
Eligibility: Freshman
Experience: 5 Years
Phone: 765.285.3499
Email: aemcdonald@bsu.edu
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Audrey McDonald
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 06/28/2010

McDonald-Spencer enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Cardinals in 2016-17.  In her first season as a coach, she helped guide the Cardinals to their four straight postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance. 

 

The 2015-16 season saw Ball State clinch its third automatic bye in four years into the Mid-American Conference Tournament, as the Cardinals entered as the third seed.  After earning a berth in the postseason WNIT, the Cardinals advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season by pulling off a 77-72 upset at Big Ten foe Iowa. 

 

For the third straight season, senior forward Nathalie Fontaine was named First Team All-MAC, while junior guard Jill Morrison was selected Third Team All-MAC for the second time in her career.  Freshman guard Carmen Grande also earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team. This marks the fifth time Ball State has placed at least three players on All-MAC squads in the same season, with the four other being 2014-15, 2008-09, 2007-08 and 1982-83. Fontaine was also named MAC Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.  She ended her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer (2,166 pts).

 

Prior to her promotion, McDonald-Spencer served as the director of women's basketball operations at Ball State for the last five seasons.  She was a standout guard for the Ball State women's basketball team from 2006-10.   McDonald-Spencer helped the Cardinals to the most successful season in school history in 2008-09 when the Cardinals won the MAC Championship, the MAC Tournament title and earned the school's first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. 

In 2008-09, Ball State tallied a 26-9 overall record, won the MAC with a 14-2 mark and defeated Tennessee 71-55 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. McDonald ended her career eighth on the school's all-time scoring list (1,353), first in three pointers made (323), first all-time in games started (126), minutes played (4,180), three point field goal attempts (799), games played (127) and most three pointers made in a game with nine.  She also holds the three point MAC record with 323.  McDonald earned MAC Honorable Mention this season and she was a recipient of Academic All-MAC.

“Audrey has truly paid her dues and earned this opportunity," Sallee said.  "There was never a thought about anyone else for this position. She bleeds Ball State cardinal and white and will continue to represent our program with the same passion and heart she did as a player and director of operations. Audrey has proven herself and there is no doubt she is ready to take the next step in her career.”

McDonald is married to Paul Spencer and has two children -- Hadley and Hudson.

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