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WBB Travels to MAC Division Leader EMU Saturday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 24, 2012
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Ball State (9-18, MAC 4-10) vs.
Eastern Michigan (20-7, MAC 12-2)
2 p.m. (EST)

Convocation Center (Capacity 8,824)
Ypsilanti, Mich.

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

Scouting Ball State:  Scouting Ball State:  The Cardinals enter Saturday's contest at Eastern Michigan after suffering a 67-65 heartbreaking loss to Western Michigan Wednesday night.  With the loss Ball State falls to 9-18 overall and 4-10 in the Mid-American Conference.  The Cardinals are only one of two teams that have earned a victory over Eastern Michigan this season and the lone team in the MAC West Division to have beaten the Eagles.  Jazmin Hitchens still leads the Cardinals in scoring with 9.2 points per game while Suzanne Grossnickle is the top-rebounder with 4.8 rebounds per game.

Scouting Eastern Michigan:  The Eagles enter Saturday's game with sole possession of the Mid-American Conference West Division with an overall record of 20-7 and a MAC mark of 12-2.  Eastern Michigan earned the MAC West Division title after its 54-33 defeat over Toledo Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.  Since losing 54-51 at Ball State January 5, in the both schools' conference opener, the Eagles have gone 12-1 in league action with their only other loss coming against Bowling Green.  Tavelyn James leads the Eagles in scoring with 24.6 points per game; Natachia Watkins is averaging 12.3 ppg and Paige Reddit rounds out the scoring with 10.4 points per contest.  Olivia Fouty is the top-rebounder with 8.4 per game and Reddit brings down 8.2 boards per game.

The Coaches: Ball State head coach Kelly Packard is in her fourth season at Ball State . . . Packard's overall record at Ball State is 58-65 (.471), while her Mid-American Conference mark is 29-34 . . . . Eastern Michigan's head coach is AnnMarie Gilbert she is in her fifth season at Eastern Michigan. . . Gilbert's overall record at EMU is 91-62 and she owns a MAC record of 48-30.

The Series:  The Cardinals began Mid-American Conference play at home against Eastern Michigan, January 5th which resulted in a 54-51 victory over the Eagles   . . . The last time Ball State hosted Eastern Michigan in its MAC opener was the 2008-09 season . . . The Cardinals won that contest by a score of 62-55 . . . Saturday's game will mark the 64th meeting all-time between Ball State and Eastern Michigan . . . The Eagles lead the all-time series record 35-28 . . . Eastern Michigan has won three out of the last four contests against Ball State . . . The Cardinals last sweep over the Eagles in MAC action was 2008-09.

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