RIO VERDE, Ariz. -- The Ball State women's golf team finished 10th out of 17 teams at the Rio Verde Invitational after closing with a team score of 312 in Sunday's final round.
The Cardinals entered the day in a tie for third but could not get things going on the final day of the rain-shortened 36 hole event at Rio Verde Country Club's White Wing course.
Meghan Perry turned in Ball State's best score Sunday with a 76 to finish in a tie for 13th place at 6-over par 150 (74-76) on the par-72, 6,215-yard layout.
"It was a tough finish for us," Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. "The conditions were good and scoring opportunities were available, but we made too many mistakes and had some trouble on the greens."
Northern Arizona held on for a three-stroke win in the team race with a 36-hole total of 597. Xavier (600) and UALR (601) climbed up the leaderboard with the best rounds of the day to take second and third, respectively.
Northern Arizona had two of the top three golfers in the final individual standings, including medalist Savana Bezdicek at even-par for the tournament.
Zoe Camus was the second-best finisher for Ball State, tying for 22nd place at 8-over 152 (74-78), while Autumn Duke tied for 30th at 153 (76-77). Jenna Hague's 157 (76-81) and Sarah Westaway's 161 (78-83) rounded out the Cardinals' lineup.
Ball State finished just three strokes out of seventh place for the tournament and six shots out of sixth.
Freshman Karley Dobis competed as an individual and carded a two-round total of 159 (78-81).
Rio Verde marked the second event of the spring season for Ball State, which will return to action March 25-26 at the UALR Golf Classic at Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village, Ark.