MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State University women's basketball team (9-13, 4-5 MAC) fell in Mid-American Conference action to Ohio (7-15, 3-6 MAC), 68-59, Wednesday night in Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals led up until the 15:20 mark of the second half when Ohio knotted the game at 44-44 with 13:52 on the clock. Both teams went through multiple lead changes the remainder of the contest.
BSU last tied the game 57-57 after trailing Ohio with 5:38 to play in the second period on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Shanee' Jackson. The Bobcats then put together a 7-0 run late in the half, giving Ohio a 64-57 edge over the Cardinals. Ball State was unable to rebound from Ohio's late scoring surge and the Bobcats evened their MAC record at 4-4.
Despite shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half, Ball State could muster only a two-point advantage at 33-31. Ohio connected on 45 percent of its field goals in the second half, while the Cardinals suffered through a 34.5 percent mark from the field. Ball State outrebounded the Bobcats 37-32 for the game, and forced 18 Ohio turnovers. But the Bobcats had four players with double figure scoring totals and forced Ball State into 28 turnovers to claim the win.
Ball State will play at Bowling Green Saturday in another MAC tilt and will have a week off before playing at Akron Feb. 12. The Cardinals will host Eastern Michigan Feb. 16, and Toledo Feb. 19 in back-to-back home games after the contest at Akron.