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Women's Basketball Hosts Western Michigan Wednesday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 21, 2012
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Ball State (9-17, MAC 4-9) vs.
Western Michigan (6-20, MAC 3-10)
7 p.m. (EST)

Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)
Muncie, Ind.

Radio:  WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) - Donnie Kolakowski and Sean Stewart

Sports Link:  Paul Brown, Josh Blessing and Timmy Fogarty

Campus 57, Muncie Comcast 61 and Indiana Comcast 81 (tape delayed). Fox College Sports (tape delayed).

Scouting Ball State:  Scouting Ball State:  The Cardinals enter Wednesday's Mid-American Conference match-up against Western Michigan with an overall record of 9-17 and a MAC mark of 4-9.  Ball State is coming off of an 84-76 win over Central Michigan Sunday, that included five players scoring in double figures with 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.  Ball State is currently led by Jazmin Hitchens with 9.3 points per game and Grossnickle is the top rebounder for the Cardinals with 4.5 rebounds per contest.

Scouting Western Michigan:  Scouting Western Michigan:  The Broncos come to Ball State Wednesday night on a four-game losing streak with losses to Bowling Green, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Toledo.  Western Michigan is led in scoring by Maria Iaquaniello with 13.3 points per game and Miame Giden with 11.8 ppg.  Giden also leads the way on the glass for the Broncos with 7.8 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 58-64 (.475), while her Mid-American Conference mark is 29-32 . . . . Tasha McDowell is in her fourth season at Western Michigan. . . McDowell's overall record at Western Michigan is 30-84 and owns a MAC record of 15-46.

The Series:  Ball State went 3-0 against the Broncos in 2010-11, winning at home by a score of 70-55, at WMU (78-62) and then again in the first round of the MAC Tournament (67-43) . . . This is the 68th meeting between Ball State and Western Michigan . . . The all-time series record is lead by the Broncos, 34-33 over the Cardinals. . . Ball State has won eight out of the last ten meetings against the Broncos since the 2007-08 season . . . Both teams split last season in league action at their respective venues . . . Western Michigan won the last meeting at Read Fieldhouse last January 18, 76-64.

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