AKRON, Ohio - The Ball State women's basketball team (5-7, 0-1 MAC) dropped an 87-78 decision at Akron (7-5, 1-0 MAC) Saturday afternoon in its Mid-American Conference opener.
Three Cardinals managed double figures on the night with junior guard Brittany Carter leading the way with a 19-point performance while adding five assists. Sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine along with teammate freshman guard Jill Morrison each finished with 14 points for the game. Defensively senior guard Brandy Woody pulled down seven boards while freshman center Rennee Bennett ended the day with six.
Ball State shot 43.1 percent from the field, while Akron shot 50.8 percent. The Zips out-rebounded Ball State 39 to 26.
The Cardinals trailed the Zips at the half by 11 (50-39), Carter and freshman guard Calyn Hosea closed the first half with back-to-back baskets.
Akron still led by as many as 22 (76-54) with 9:03 left to play. Ball State then went on a 20-6 run which was sparked by four straight free throws from Carter. Two more free throws from Carter brought the Cardinals within eight (82-74) with 2:23 remaining.
Carly Young and Rachel Tecca would hit back-to-back layups to go back up by 12 (86-74) which would seal the victory for the Zips. Both Bennett and Fontaine each ended the game with layups for Ball State.
Tecca led all scorers with 20 points for Akron and was one of four Zips to score in double figures, joining Hanna Luburgh with 18, Kacie Cassell with 13 and Young with 10.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action at Eastern Michigan Thursday with a 7 p.m. tipoff in the Convocation Center.