Women's Basketball Announces 2014-15 Schedule
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's basketball program announced its 29-game 2014-15 regular season schedule today, featuring six non-conference home games along with a home tournament -- The Ball State Federal Credit Union Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 29-30 in Worthen Arena.
"I feel like we have put a schedule together which will undoubtedly challenge our team and prepare them for the grind of conference play,” Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee said. "Starting with Purdue on Nov. 14th in Worthen, our home schedule should give fans plenty of games to get excited about. We can't wait to get started!"
The Cardinals will face six teams in non-conference action which were postseason participants in 2013-14. Louisville, Purdue and Western Kentucky participated in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Charlotte and Duquesne played in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and Evansville in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
An exhibition game will be played Nov. 4 against Oakland City at 7 p.m. before Ball State hosts back-to-back schools from the state of Indiana, starting with Big Ten foe Purdue in its regular season opener, Nov. 14. The Cardinals have not opened their season against a Big Ten team since Nov. 12, 2010 when Ball State hosted Indiana. Ball State will then welcome Evansville, Wednesday Nov. 19, before heading to Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse Louisville, Sunday, Nov. 23.
The Cardinals close out the month of November with the Ball State Federal Credit Union Thanksgiving Classic which features four teams -- Ball State, Duquesne, Jackson State and Murray State. The Cardinals face Murray State first, Saturday, Nov. 29 and will then play the winner of the Jackson State vs. Duquesne contest, Sunday, Nov. 30.
Ball State will play on the road four times in the month of December starting with trips to Oakland, Dec. 6 and Butler, Dec. 13, before returning home to host Charlotte, Dec. 15. The Cardinals will then return to the road for the remainder of the month, playing at Pittsburgh, Dec. 18 and Western Kentucky, Dec. 21 before closing non-conference action at St. Louis, Dec. 30.
Ball State opens Mid-American Conference play on the road at Bowling Green, Jan. 3 and will end conference action at home against Toledo, March. 7. The 2015 MAC Tournament will begin March 9 with first round campus games followed by March 11-14 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Cardinals ended the 2013-14 season with an 18-17 overall mark and a 9-9 MAC ledger. After a thrilling run to the 2014 MAC Tournament championship game, Ball State was extended an at-large invitation to play in the 64-team Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Cardinals WNIT run was cut short after Ball State suffered a 69-65 loss at Northwestern, March 20.
Sallee, who completed his second season at Ball State, became only the second coach in program history to take the Cardinals to back-to-back WNITs. The last time it happened was 2001-02 and 2002-03 under former head coach Tracy Roller.
The Cardinals became postseason eligible by winning seven of their final eight games en route to advancing to the MAC Tournament championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2009. In the semifinals of the MAC Tournament, Ball State scored a thrilling 73-55 win over 25th-ranked Bowling Green. The Cardinals then lost to No. 3 seed Akron, 79-68, in the title game.
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