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Suzanne Grossnickle scored a career high at Miami University.
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Women's Basketball Suffers Loss at Miami University


Ball State's women's basketball team suffered a 72-61 loss at Miami University Saturday afternoon.

With the loss, Ball State fell to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference, while Miami University improved to 16-5 overall and 6-2 in league play.

Suzanne Grossnickle led Ball State with a career high 18 points plus added six rebounds.  Brittany Carter added 10 points.

Miami University opened up the second half on a 9-0 run before Grossnickle scored her 16th point of the game to end the RedHawks run and put Ball State within five, 43-38.

The Cardinals would close within four at 53-49, but another six point run by the RedHawks would give Miami University a 59-49 advantage at the 7:50 mark -- their largest lead of the game to that point.

Brandy Woody would score her first field goal of the game with 2:32 remaining to pull the Cardinals within five at 64-59.  However, a three point play by Miami University would give the RedHawks a 67-59 lead at the 1:08 mark and seal the win.

In the first half, Ball State managed a 36-34 advantage at the break despite Miami University shooting 52 percent from the floor.  The Cardinals forced the RedHawks into 13 turnovers and made 85 percent of their free throws to hold the two point edge.

In the first stanza, Grossnickle managed a team high 14 points and five rebounds to lead the way. 

The Cardinals led by as many as eight points -- 30-22 -- while Miami University's largest lead was six points two times early in the game.

Ball State will continue Mid-American Conference action Wednesday at Kent State in a 7 p.m. contest.

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