MUNCIE, Ind. - A layup by Nathalie Fontaine with 22 seconds remaining in the contest secured the Ball State women's basketball team a 62-59 victory over the Miami University RedHawks in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Thursday night in Worthen Arena.
The game was tied for the 10th time on a Fontaine free throw with 2:28 to play, making the score 59-59. Ball State's Shelbie Justice connected on a free throw with 2:05 to play to give the Cardinals a 60-59 advantage and the scored remained there until Fontaine's final bucket.
Ball State's defense limited the RedHawks to a 35 percent shooting mark in the game, including holding Miami University scoreless from the field for the final 4:34 of the game.
Fontaine led the Cardinals with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Brittany Carter added 15 points. Katie Murphy and Shanee' Jackson managed nine rebounds apiece, while Brandy Woody led Ball State with seven assists.
Ball State jumped out to an early 17-7 lead over Miami with just over 13 minutes left in the first half after Woody knocked down a three pointer at the start of the contest.
The Cardinals still led by as many as six (24-18) at the 6:12 mark. The RedHawks then orchestrated a 7-0 run to take its first lead of the half 27-25 with 2:20 left. Newcomer junior Lyzz Smith answered quickly with a three pointer to give Ball State back its lead. Both teams traded baskets as the half winded down but a layup from senior Shanee'Jackson with 44 seconds remaining gave Ball State the 30-19 halftime edge over Miami.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues Mid-American Conference action when it travels to Northern Illinois Sunday for a 3 p.m. (EST) tipoff at the Convocation Center.