KENT, Ohio - The Ball State University women's basketball team (8-14, 3-6 MAC) captured a 75-56 victory over Kent State (5-14, 4-5 MAC) Wednesday night at the M.A.C Center.
Three Cardinals managed double figures in the Cardinals win with junior guard Shanee' Jackson leading the way with 16-points. Senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle chipped in 13-points off of 6-for-6 shooting from the field and also earned a double-double after leading Ball State defensively with 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Brandy Woody also scored 13-points on the night.
Ball State's bench outscored Kent State's bench 44-to-3 while shooting 56.0 percent from the field. The Cardinals held Kent State to a 35.7 shooting percentage for the contest. The Cardinals also out-rebounded the Golden Flashes 38-to-26.
Kent State started the second half with a 10-0 run over the Cardinals and continued to shoot well eventually cutting Ball State's halftime lead to 48-43 with 12:16 remaining, but Ball State fought back as Grossnickle rallied off five straight points to put Ball State back up by 10-points (53-43) at the 10:39 mark.
The Cardinals led by 15 (64-49) with 5:04 left on the clock. Despite the Golden Flashes efforts, they trailed Ball State the entire game.
The Cardinals opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers from freshman guard Brittany Carter and Woody to give Ball State an early 6-0 edge over the Golden Flashes.
Ball State led 10-5 at the 15:49 mark before putting together a 10-0 run after free throws from junior guard Mercedes Miller along with baskets from Grossnickle, Jackson and Woody.
With the Cardinals up 20-5 at the 13:10 mark over Kent State, Ball State controlled the remainder of the half, as they led the Golden Flashes 41-20 at intermission after shooting 60.7 percent from the field while holding Kent State to only a 28.6 shooting percentage.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues league action Saturday when it hosts Buffalo at 1 p.m. in Worthen Arena. Ball State head women's basketball coach Kelly Packard and her staff will coach shoeless for charity that contest. To purchase tickets to the game, go to www.ballstatesports.com or call the ticket office at 1.888.BSU.TICKET. A reminder that Saturday's game is a double-header with the Ball State men's basketball team who will host Miami at 4 p.m.