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WBB Opens Up 2013-14 Season At No.18/23 Purdue

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: November 08, 2013
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Ball State vs. No. 18/23 Purdue
Mackey Arena (Capacity 14,240)
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.

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The Cardinals Nest

-  Head Coach Brady Sallee is in his second season at the helm of the Ball State women’s basketball team, where he led the Cardinals to a 17-16 overall record in 2012-13.  He now owns a 153-125 career   head coaching record, including his 136-109 mark in eight seasons at Eastern Illinois.

- Sallee helped Ball State post one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Mid-American Conference history as the Cardinals earned the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament with a 12-4 league mark.  Ball State   improved eight games from its 4-12 MAC mark in 2011-12, which ties as the biggest MAC turnaround in the last 20 years. Sallee also   became just the second coach in program history to start MAC play 8-1   in their first season.

- Ball State for the first time since 2009 was the the second seed in the MAC Tournament.  The Cardinals also knocked off eventual MAC Tournament Champion Central Michigan twice during the MAC regular season.  The success earned Ball State to its fourth appearance in the WNIT and first since the 2006-07 season.
- The Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the WNIT with a hard-fought, 53-48 first-round victory at Big Ten foe Minnesota. 

- Ball State continued its WNIT run by knocking off Northern Iowa, 51-  48, at Worthen Arena to win two WNIT games for the first time in program history, advancing the Cardinals to the Final 16.

-  Ball State is ranked No. 2 in the MAC West Division preseason poll.  This is the first time the Cardinals have been ranked this high in the MAC preseason poll since the 2008-09 season, when the Cardinals were picked to finish first.


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