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WBB Hosts WMU in Last Regular Season Contest Sunday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: March 01, 2013
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Ball State vs.
Western Michigan
2 p.m. (EST)

Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)
Radio:  WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM -  Chris Renkal, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber


What's On Tap:   Ball State is looking for its fourth straight win when it hosts Western Michigan Sunday in Worthen Arena at 2 p.m.  The Cardinals recently swept the Mid-American Conference series against Northern Illinois, Feb. 23 and Central Michigan, Feb. 28.  Ball State remaines in second place in the MAC standings after beating Central Michigan 67-63 in Mt. Pleasant Thursday night.  This is the second time the Cardinals have faced Western Michigan this season.  Ball State won the first meeting 73-50 Jan. 31 in Kalamazoo.  The Cardinals own a 14-13 overall mark and are 11-3 in league action.  The Broncos are 9-18 overall and 5-9 in the MAC. The game against the Broncos will be the Cardinals last regular season home game of the season.  Ball State will also pay tribute to its lone senior Shanee' Jackson.  A Ball State win advances the Cardinals automatically to at least the third round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena, March 14.

About Western Michigan:  Western Michigan has lost its last three games -- Central Michigan (53-77) Feb. 20, Eastern Michigan (73-69) Feb. 23 and Toeldo (75-42) Feb. 28.  The Broncos are coming off of a 75-42 loss to Mid-American Conference leader Toledo in Kalamazoo Feb. 28.  WMU has defeated five league schools this season; Akron (84-77) Jan. 19, Northern Illinois (54-51) Jan. 23, Kent State (58-40) Feb. 7, Bowling Green (55-54) Feb. 10 and Ohio (62-53) Feb. 16.  The Broncos are led by Marquisha Harris, who is averaging 9.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds.

The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State.   Sallee's career coaching record is 150-122 and he is 14-13 overall and 11-3 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.  Shane Clipfell is in his first season at Western Michigan as he was named the sixth women's basketball coach in program history April 13, 2012. Clipfell has strong ties in the state of Michigan, the Mid-American Conference and the Midwest and has worked at every level of women's basketball. For the last 14 years, Clipfell worked alongside Suzy Merchant, who is the current head women's basketball coach at Michigan State. 

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