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WBB Hosts Think Pink Game Saturday Against NIU

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Release: February 22, 2013
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Ball State vs.
Northern Illinois
Saturday,
2 p.m. (EST)

Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)

Internet:  www.ballstatesports.com
Radio:  WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM -  Chris Renkal, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber
Television:  Ball State Sports Network
Announcers: Wil Hampton and Chloe Barnes
WIPB chanel 49 and ballstatesports.com

Think Pink Game Ball State vs. Northern Illinois:  The first 300 fans in attendance will receive FREE pink sunglasses. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

What's On Tap:  Ball State is coming off of a 56-34 victory against Eastern Michigan Wednesday in Worthen Arena.  The Cardinals had four players score in double figures with Nathalie Fontaine leading the way with 16 points and Katie Murphy managing a career-high 15 rebounds.  Ball State has won seven out of its last nine games.  The Cardinals face Northern Illinois for the second time this season at 2 p.m. Saturday in Worthen Arena.  Ball State defeated the Huskies 57-51 at the start of Mid-American Conference action, Jan. 13 in DeKalb. The Cardinals own a 12-13 overall mark and are 9-3 in league action.  The Huskies are coming off of a 72-40 loss to MAC leader Toledo Wednesday on the road.  Northern Illinois is 7-18 overall and 2-10 in MAC action. 

About Northern Illinois:  Northern Illinois had lost nine straight games before beating Ohio University (73-52) Feb. 6 and Kent State (52-47) Feb. 10, both of which were on the road.  The Huskies have two players averaging double figures; Amanda Corral (12.6 ppg) and Satavia Taylor (12.4 ppg).  Jenna Thorp tops the team in rebounding with 4.7.  If the Mid-American Conference Tournament were to be played today, the Huskies would be the No. 10 seed. 

The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State.   Sallee's career coaching record is 148-122 and he is 12-13 overall and 9-3 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.  Kathi Bennett, a veteran collegiate head coach who has guided three programs to eight NCAA Tournaments and five conference championships while posting a career winning percentage of .605 (323-211), was named head women's basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, May 18 2010.  Bennett owns an overall career mark of 34-52 at Northern Illinois while having a 15-29 Mid-American Conference record.

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