Ball State (8-16, MAC 3-8) vs.
Northern Illinois (11-12, MAC 5-6)
Thursday, 8 p.m. (EST)
Convocation Center (Capacity 9,100)
Radio: WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) - Donnie Kolakowski and Sean Stewart
Scouting Ball State: The Cardinals closed out Mid-American Conference East Divisional play Saturday with a 70-58 loss to Ohio University. Senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle led the team in scoring with 15 points at Ohio University Saturday. Grossnickle led the Cardinals defensively as well with six rebounds. She went 7-of-9 from the field which included a three-pointer. Grossnickle's rebounding performance helped the Cardinals out-rebound the Bobcats 30-to-25 including 14 offensive boards while Ohio only had four. Ball State enters Thursday's contest with an overall record of 8-16 and a 3-8 league mark.
Scouting Northern Illinois : The Huskies enter Thursday's contest with an overall record of 11-12 and a MAC mark of 5-6. Northern Illinois is currently on a two-game win streak after defeating Ohio (50-46) and Miami (70-58). Leading the way for the Huskies this season in scoring is Claire Jakubicek with 10.8 points per game. Defensively Kim Davis owns the glass for Northern Illinois with 6.0 rebounds per contest.
The Coaches: Ball State head coach Kelly Packard is in her fourth season at Ball State . . . Packard's overall record at Ball State is 57-63 (.475), while her Mid-American Conference mark is 28-31 . . . . Kathi Bennett is in her second season at Northern Illinois. . . Bennett's overall record at NIU is 24-29 and owns a MAC record of 12-14.
The Series: Ball State owns a 13-3 record over Northern Illinois dating back to the 2003-04 season . . . This is the 41st meeting between Ball State and Northern Illinois . . .The Cardinals lead the all-time series record 26-14. . . Ball State lost both of its games last season to the Huskies . . . Prior to the 2010-11 season the Cardinals had not lost to Northern Illinois since the 1998-99 season in Worthen Arena . . . that record still stands as the Cardinals defeated the Huskies in their first meeting this season, 50-43.