MUNCIE, Ind. - Five Ball State women's basketball players finished in double figures, led by sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine's 24 points in the Cardinals 109-58 exhibition blowout win against Oakland City Wednesday night in Worthen Arena.
All of the Cardinals saw action, junior guard Brittany Carter was the second leading scorer behind Fontaine with 23 points. Jill Morrison's dream came true tonight, as she played in her first collegiate game wearing a Ball State jersey. The Winchester native led the way for the freshmen with 17 points which included 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Freshmen center Renee Bennett chipped in 14 points while teammate senior guard Brandy Woody rounded out the double figure players with 11.
Defensively, Ball State outrebounded Oakland City 53-to-27 accompanied by 15 steals. Senior forward Katie Murphy led the Cardinals with nine boards.
Ball State rallied off 18 points in the first five minutes of the second half building a 66-33 cushion over Oakland City. The 18 point run was highlighted by layups from Fontaine, Bennett and junior guard Shelbie Justice along with three point baskets from Carter and Woody. Ball State then continue its strong offense the remainder of the ball game for the victory.
After a slow first half start, Ball State put together a 19-1 run that eventually led to 48-25 halftime advantage over Oakland City. During that run, Morrison and Carter hit back-to-back three pointers making it a 17-6 ball game at the 12:40 mark. At intermission, seven of the ten Cardinals had already gotten on the board with Fontaine leading the way with 12.
The Ball State women's basketball team opens regular season action at reigning Big Ten Champion Purdue Nov. 10, in West Lafayette, Ind. The Cardinals home opener is scheduled for Nov. 14 against Pitt, where the Ball State women's basketball team will be recognized with the unveiling of its 2013 Women's National Invitation banner prior to its 7 p.m. tipoff in Worthen Arena.