MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball team (9-18, 4-10 MAC) lost a close 67-65 Mid-American Conference West Division match-up to Western Michigan (7-20, 4-10 MAC) Wednesday night in Worthen Arena.
Three Cardinals scored in double figures with freshman guard Shelbie Justice and sophomore guard Brandy Woody both leading the way with 12-points. Freshman guard Brittany Carter added 10 points, while senior forward Suzanne Grossnickle owned the glass for Ball State with 11 rebounds.
Western Michigan shot 44.8 percent from the field while Ball State was held to a 37.3 shooting percentage for game.
The Cardinals trailed the entire second half and could not overcome their halftime deficit to the Broncos despite their efforts. Western Michigan led by 12-points (59-47) with 7:11 left in the game but Ball State came back after a few short scoring runs and managed to make it a one-point ball game (66-65) with :13 seconds left but the Broncos defense would allow them to win the contest.
Ball State opened the game with a basket from Justice to take the early 2-0 edge over Western Michigan. The Broncos answered with a quick basket but the Cardinals managed to go up by four (6-2) in the early minutes of the first half.
Western Michigan put on a 10-0 run that started at the 15:45 mark to take a 17-11 advantage over Ball State with just over 10 minutes to go in the first half. The Cardinals fought back slowly allowing them to take back their lead after sophomore guard Jordan Huber hit a three-pointer off of the assist from Woody, soon after that, classmate forward Jazmin Hitchens had a fast break layup allowing Ball State to take the 23-22 edge with five minutes to play until halftime.
The Broncos put together a late scoring spree that allowed Western Michigan to head into intermission with a 37-25 cushion over Ball State.
The Ball State women's basketball team will travel to Eastern Michigan Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.