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WBB Hosts Oakland City In Exhibition Play Wednesday

Ball State vs. Oakland City
Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)
Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Muncie, Ind.

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About Oakland City:  Oakland City is coached by Jessica Mehringer.  The Lady Oaks ended the season 13-13 overall in 2012-13.  Ball State defeated Oakland City for the second straight season last year in Worthen Arena by a score of 88-26, Oct. 31.  All of the Cardinals saw action with senior guard Brandy Woody leading the way with a double-double after a 16-point, 12-rebound performance.  Three other Cardinals also scored in double figures. Newcomer forward Nathalie Fontaine had 15 points, while teammate senior Shannee’ Jackson chipped in 15 points and sophomore guard Shelbie Justice ended the night with 12.  Jackson also pulled down nine rebounds and Fontaine had eight.

About Ball State:  The Cardinals return all five starters from last season’s Women’s National Invitation Tournament Final 16 Team.  The Cardinals will be led by sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine, along with senior guard Brandy Woody and forward Katie Murphy.  Junior guards Brittany Carter and Shelbie Justice also return from last year’s starting five.  The Ball State women’s basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-16 overall record and a 12-4 MAC mark, earning them the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2009.  The Cardinals knocked off Big Ten foe Minnesota and defeated Northern Iowa in the WNIT to advance to the Final 16.

Finished Second Now Picked Second:  The Ball State women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division Preseason Poll, while sophomore Nathalie Fontaine was named to the All-MAC West Division Preseason Team.  Fontaine, the reigning All-MAC Freshman of the Year, averaged 13.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds.  Fontaine was named to the MAC All-Freshmen squad while also earning Second Team All-MAC honors.  As a true freshman, Fontaine ended the season just nine points shy of what Ball State’s all-time leading scorer Tamara Bowie had when she was a true freshman.  Fontaine ended the season with 423 points while Bowie tallied 432 points her freshman year.

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