Ball State's gymnastics team defeated Illinois-Chicago, but lost to Illinois in a three-way meet in Champaign, Ill., Sunday.
The Cardinals managed a 193.500 to defeat the 192.625 of UIC, but was outscored by Illinois' 196.300.
Denasiha Christian tied for third on the floor with a 9.875, which marked Ball State's top finish in the meet.
Leah Wilson placed sixth on the beam with a 9.700, while Emmons was sixth in the all-around with a 38.775.
Ball State will continue its regular season Friday at Southern Utah in a meet that will also include San Jose State and Iowa. The Cardinals are 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-American Conference this season.