Ball State vs.
Saturday, 2 p.m. (EST)
Worthen Arena (Capacity 11,500)
Radio: WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM - Chris Renkel, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber
What's On Tap: Ball State faces its second Mid-American Conference East Division opponent for the week when it hosts Ohio Saturday at 2 p.m. in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals improved to 4-1 in league action after their 69-55 victory at Buffalo Wednesday, while also improving their overall record to 7-11. The 4-1 conference start for the Cardinals is the best since the 2008-09 season when they started out 4-0 in the MAC. The Bobcats are looking for their first win in conference action after losing five straight. Ohio fell 77-48 to Central Michigan Wednesday at home, with the loss the Bobcats are 5-12 overall and 0-5 in the MAC.
About Ohio: Ohio has won five games this season all during non-conference action. The Bobcats opened the 2012-13 season with a 63-56 win over Cleveland State, Nov. 13. Ohio has also defeated Eastern Kentucky (69-58) Dec. 6, Morehead State in overtime (79-72) Dec. 9, Marshall (55-48) Dec. 15 and Xavier (68-62) Jan. 5. The Bobcats are led by Kiyanna Black who is averaging 12.4 points per game and Erin Bailes with 10.0 points per contest. Defensively Alex'ie Baldwin is leading the way with 6.3 rebounds per game.
The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State. Sallee's career coaching record is 143-120 and he is 7-11 overall and 4-1 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. Semeka Randall enters her fifth year at the helm of Ohio women's basketball. Randall, a well known name in the state of Ohio is a native of Cleveland and a former Tennessee All-American. Randall owns and overall record at Ohio of 49-92 and owns a MAC mark of 21-48.