WBB Plays at MAC East Leader Akron Saturday
Radio: WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM - Chris Renkel, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber
What's On Tap: Ball State suffered a 68-64 heartbreaking loss to Toledo Sunday Feb. 10 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals are looking for their fourth straight road win this season when Ball State travels to Akron Saturday at 5 p.m. in Rhodes Arena. The Cardinals still top the charts in the Mid-American Conference standings, holding the second overall spot with a overall record of 11-12 and an 8-2 league record. Ball State wins the tiebreaker over Central Michigan after beating the Chippewas 68-61 in Worthen Arena, Feb. 7. Akron holds the No. 1 spot in the MAC East with the Zips having an overall record of 16-7 and a 7-3 mark in league action. The Zips are coming off of a 84-77 road victory at Miami.
About Akron: Akron is currently on a four-game win streak after posting wins over Bowling Green (68-63) Jan. 31, Buffalo (75-57) Feb. 2, Eastern Michigan (82-81) Feb. 6 and Miami (84-77) Feb. 9. The Zips have three players currently averaging double figures Rachel Tecca (18.9), Hanna Luburgh (16.0) and Sina King (14.7). Tecca also leads the way defensively with 7.7 rebounds per contest. Akron ranks second in MAC games only in scoring offense (75.7), leads the way in free throw percentage (.805), second in three-point field percentage (.355), first in assists (18.4) and third in block shots (3.6). The Zips have lost to three MAC West teams this season; Western Michigan (84-77) Jan. 19, Toledo (77-65) Jan. 19 and Central Michigan (92-69) Jan. 26.
The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State. Sallee's career coaching record is 147-121 and he is 11-12 overall and 8-2 in the MAC with the Cardinals. He was named the 11th head women's basketball coach in Ball State history May 10. During his tenure at Eastern Illinois, Sallee posted a 136-109 career record. He led the Panthers to the institution's first-ever Ohio Valley Conference title during the 2009-10 campaign. In 2011-12, Eastern Illinois was 22-9 overall, posted a 13-3 OVC mark and competed in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Jodi Kest, the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, returns for her seventh year as head coach of The University of Akron women's basketball program. She has guided the Zips to Cleveland for the Mid-American Conference tournament for the past three consecutive seasons. Kest owns a 90-117 overall record and a 42-64 league mark.