MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (9-17, 4-10 MAC) earned a 84-76 victory over Central Michigan (13-14, 5-8 MAC) Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action at Worthen Arena.
Ball State had five players score in double figures for the game with senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle leading the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Shelbie Justice earned a career-high 16-points on the day while teammates sophomore forward Jazmin Hitchens had 11, sophomore guard Brandy Woody chipped in 10 along with junior guard Shanee' Jackson.
For the game Central Michigan was held to a 33.8 shooting percentage while Ball State shot a 43.3 percent from the field.
The game was knotted at 57-57 with 11:13 to play but Ball State managed to build a seven-point (69-62) advantage over the Chippewas with 6:20 left in the game. The Cardinals then went up by eight points (74-66) after Woody knocked down a three pointer at the four minute mark. Ball State led the remainder of the half eventually winning the ball game.
Central Michigan continued to lead at the start of the second half but Ball State came back to take a 52-46 advantage over the Chippewas with 14:09 to play after a 10-0 run that started at the 16:50 mark sparked from a three pointer from Grossnickle. Ball State then led by as many as eight (57-49) with 12:11 on the clock but the Chippewas came back to tie the game 57-57 with 11:13 left.
In the opening minutes of the game both teams traded baskets for the first eight minutes of the contest. Ball State led 9-8 at the 11:59 mark. After that Central Michigan managed an 8-0 run to go up 16-19 with 9:52 to play in the first half.
The Cardinals stayed close to the Chippewas the majority of the half making a late 5-0 run which was sparked by senior center Amber Crago who connected on a three-point play after a layup and a free throw. A basket by sophomore guard Jordan Huber would then tie the game at 31-31 with 2:22 on the clock. Central Michigan would end intermission up 40-35 over the Cardinals after a 6-0 run that started with 1:18 left and ended at the 25 second mark.
The Ball State University women's basketball team continues its two-game Mid-American Conference homestand Wednesday against Western Michigan at 7 p.m. in Worthen Arena. To purchase tickets to the game, go to www.ballstatesports.com or call the ticket office at 1.888.BSU.TICKET.