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WBB Wins MAC West Showdown at CMU Thursday

MT.  PLEASANT, Mich. -  The Ball State women's basketball team (14-13, 11-3 MAC) took down Central Michigan (16-11, 10-4 MAC) by a score of 67-63 Thursday night in McGuirk Arena.

Brandy Woody led the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points.  Brittany Carter added 15 points while teammate Nathalie Fontaine finished with 12.  Defensively for the Cardinals Katie Murphy had 10 rebounds.

For the game Ball State shot 41.5 percent from the field while holding Central Michigan to 35.2 percent shooting.

The Mid-American Conference West Division showdown came down to the last 1:12 seconds of the game after Ball State took its first lead of the second half, 65-63 after a three pointer from Woody.  That was the momentum the Cardinals needed as Carter and Murphy both knocked down free throws with seconds remaining to win the ball game.

The Chippewas quickly took a 39-32 edge over the Cardinals at the start of the second half.  Ball State stayed close to CMU and would tie the game 50-50 after a trey from Shelbie Justice at the 10 minute mark. 

Both teams traded basketball in the opening minutes of the first half.  The game was tied at 9-9 with 15:57 left on the clock.  After that, Ball State went on a 20-9 run which was sparked by a layup from Brandy Woody to go up by 11 (29-18) with 8:41 remaining.

Central Michigan answered back with a 15-3 run of its own to take a 33-32 halftime advantage over Ball State.

The Ball State women's basketball team will host Western Michigan Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in Worthen Arena.  The game against the Broncos marks the last regular season home game of the year.  Ball State will also say good-bye to its lone senior Shanee' Jackson.

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