MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State University women's basketball team defeated Buffalo 84-62 in Mid-American Conference action Wednesday night in Worthen Arena. With the win the Cardinals improve to 10-14 overall and 4-7 in the MAC, while Buffalo falls to 7-17 overall and 3-8 in league action.
The Cardinals had five players in double figures with junior guard Shannon Klei leading the way with 16 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. The 16-point performance was a career high for Klei.
Senior guard Audrey McDonald, along with fellow captain junior forward Emily Maggert, both chipped in 15 points. Maggert also pulled down 10 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season. Other Cardinals in double figures were junior guard Ty'Ronda Benning with 12 and sophomore center Amber Crago with 10. Benning was 4-of-5 from three point range.
As a team the Cardinals shot 58.3 percent from behind the arc, while outrebounding the Bulls 38 to 24.
At the 17:41 mark of the second half the Cardinals went on a 10-0 run sparked by a three pointer from Benning. Maggert hit a trey to put Ball State up by 17 (52-35) with 16:06 remaining.
Back-to-back layups from sophomore center Amber Crago accompanied by three pointers from Klei, Benning, Maggert and McDonald allowed Ball State to build a 24-point cushion with 8:52 left to play in the game.
McDonald rattled off four three pointers in the first half alone to help the Cardinals take a 40-31 halftime edge. The Cardinals biggest advantage in the first period was 28-15 at the 8:02 mark after a fastbreak jumper Klei.
Ball State will host Eastern Michigan Saturday at 1 p.m. in the team's "Think Pink" game. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and donate money in support of cancer research. The Cardinals will also have a live auction in a designated section during halftime with all proceeds going to benefit Ball State's Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life efforts.