WBB at Marshall for First Road Trip of the Season
Ball State vs.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. (EST)
Cam Henderson Center (9,048)
Radio: WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
What's On Tap: Four women's basketball players scored in double figures Tuesday night after losing a hard fought battle to in-state rival Butler by a score of 68-62 in Worthen Arena. Junior Brandy Woody led the Caridnals in scoring with 17 points, which tied her career high. Freshman forward Nathalie Fontaine chipped in 13 on the night, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Sophomore guards Brittany Carter and Shelbie Justice each had 10 points apiece. Ball State will play its first road game Saturday when it travels to Marshall for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
About Marshall: The Thundering Herd owns a 1-1 overall record after winning their season opener over Radford, 65-63 on Nov. 9. Marshall would then lose 55-49 on the road at Indiana State Monday. Shay Weaver is the lone player averaging double digits for the Thundering Herd with 14.0 points per game. Marshall returns three starters from last year's team.
The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State. Sallee's career coaching record is 136-111 and he is 0-2 with the Cardinals. He was named the the 11th head women's basketball coach in Ball State history May 10. Matt Daniel is in his first year as Marshall's head coach. Daniel owns a career record of 73-51 as a head coach. He spent the last four seasons at the University of Central Arkansas. Daniel was hired May 29 as the sixth head coach in Marshall history, replacing former head coach Royce Chadwick.
The Series: The Cardinals play on the road for the first time this season after back-to-back home games. This is the 15th meeting all-time between Ball State and Marshall. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 10-4. Marshall has won its last two meetings over Ball State, 71-50 in 2004-05 and then again last season by a score of 60-58. The Thundering Herd used to be a member of the Mid-American Conference but joined Conference USA after the 2004-05 season. This will be the first time Sallee has coached against Marshall over the course of his head coaching career.