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WBB Continues MAC Play At Northern Illinois Sunday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: January 11, 2013
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Ball State vs.
Northern Illinois
4 p.m. (EST)

Convocation Center (10,000)
DeKalb, Ill.

Radio:  WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM - Chris Renkel, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber.

What's On Tap: Ball State women's basketball travels to Northern Illinois in its first Mid-American Conference road trip of the season Sunday.  BSU is looking to stay on the winning track as it opened league action Thursday night in Worthen Arena with a 62-59 victory against Miami.  Northern Illinois is coming off of a 60-53 conference loss at Buffalo Thursday.  NIU currently owns a 5-9 overall record with non-conference wins over Davidson (64-61), Morehead State (76-46), Loyola (67-63), Eastern Illinois (48-38) and Norfolk State (69-38).

About Northern Illinois:  Northern Illinois has not won a game since Dec. 29 when it defeated Norfolk State.  The Huskies have lost two games in a row which were against Valparaiso (54-49) and Buffalo.  With an overall mark of 5-9 and a 0-1 Mid-American Conference record, NIU ranks fifth in the MAC West.  The Huskies are led by Amanda Corral who is averaging 13.0 points per game.

The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State.   Sallee's career coaching record is 140-119 and he is 4-10 with the Cardinals.  He was named the 11th head women's basketball coach in Ball State history May 10.  During his tenure at Eastern Illinois, Sallee posted a 136-109 career record.  He led the Panthers to the institution's first-ever Ohio Valley Conference title during the 2009-10 campaign. In 2011-12, Eastern Illinois was 22-9 overall, posted a 13-3 OVC mark and competed in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.  Kathi Bennett, a veteran collegiate head coach who has guided three programs to eight NCAA Tournaments and five conference championships while posting a career winning percentage of .605 (323-211), was named head women's basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, May 18 2010.  Bennett owns an overall career mark of 32-43 at Northern Illinois while having a 13-20 Mid-American Conference record.

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