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WBB Closes Out Regular Season at Toledo Wednesday

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: March 05, 2013
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Ball State vs.
7 p.m. (EST)

John F. Savage Arena (Capacity 7,300)

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

What's On Tap:   Ball State is coming off of a 60-46 win against Western Michigan March 3 in Worthen Arena.  With the victory over the Broncos, the Cardinals have clinched the automatic bye to the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland for the first time since 2009.  The Cardinals have swept four conference series this season with two wins over Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.  Ball State has only lost to one team this season in the MAC West Division and that was a 68-64 loss to league leader Toledo, Feb. 10.  The Cardinals close out their regular season against the Rockets Wednesday at 7 p.m. in John Savage Arena.  Ball State enters the contest with an overall record of 15-13 and a 12-3 league mark.  Toledo recently took down Eastern Michigan 48-38 March 3 to secure the outright MAC regular-season crown.  The Rockets are 26-2 overall and 14-1 in MAC action.

About Toledo:  The Rockets cut down the nets in Savage Arena. Toledo secured a 48-38 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday to clinch the overall Mid-American Conference regular-season title, as well as secure the top seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. UT is on a 14-game win streak.  The only two schools in the MAC West Division to come close to beating Toledo was Northern Illinois (44-42) Jan. 26 and  Ball State (68-64) Feb. 10.  The Rockets are led by Naama Shafir (12.6 ppg), Andola Dortch (11.4 ppg) Yoland Richardson (9.2 ppg) and Inma Zanoguera (9.2 ppg).  Richardson leads defensively with 6.9 rebounds per contest.

The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State.   Sallee's career coaching record is 151-122 and he is 15-13 overall and 12-3 in the MAC 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.  Tricia Cullop was named the Toledo head women's basketball coach April, 28, 2008.  After four season, Cullop and her squad have participated in postseason play three times including a 2011 WNIT championship banner, two MAC regular-season titles and four MAC West Division crowns.  Cullop is in her fifth season at the helm of the Rockets and owns a career overall record of 121-42 and a 63-15 conference mark.

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