DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-3) defeated Bethune-Cookman (2-3) 61-56 for its first road victory of the season Friday night at Moore Gymnasium.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine after a personal best scoring performance of 18 points off of 7-of-11 shooting from the field while also pulling down eight rebounds. Junior guard Brandy Woody chipped in 16 points while classmate forward Katie Murphy ended the night with 10 points and seven rebounds.
For the game Ball State shot 42.9 percent from the field while holding Bethune-Cookman to only 22.5 percent shooting.
The Cardinals started the second half with three straight baskets from Woody, sophomore guard Shelbie Justice and Murphy to take a 38-17 edge over the Wildcats. After that, Bethune-Cookman would put together a 28-3 run to cut Ball State's lead to 46-38 with 8:30 left in the contest.
Fontaine broke the Wildcats scoring spree with a fast break layup after the dish from Woody to give the Cardinals back a 10-point cushion at the 7:30 mark. It was a close game the remainder of the stretch when the Wildcats closed the gap to 59-54 with 24.8 seconds left. After the Cardinals had four players foul out they were left with only four on the court the remainder of the game. Senior guard Shanee' Jackson made crucial free throws with seconds remaining that would lock up the victory for Ball State.
Both teams were tied at 3-3 up until the 15 minute mark. Ball State would then orchestrate a 21-2 run which was sparked by free throws from senior guard Shanee' Jackson. The Cardinals built 24-5 advantage over the Wildcats after their run while Ball State's defense held Bethune-Cookman scoreless for over 11 minutes. After that Ball State continued its hot shooting ending the first half up 19-points (34-15) over the Wildcats. Fontaine led Ball State with a personal best 16 points in the first half while the team shot 41.7 percent (10-24) from the field.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues its four game road swing when it plays at Stetson Sunday at 2 p.m.