KENT, Ohio – The Ball State women’s basketball suffered a heartbreaking 60-57 loss on the road to Kent State Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference cross divisional action.
Junior guard Shelbie Justice led the Cardinals with a 16-point performance which included five three point baskets. Sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine collected her third double-double of the season after scoring 14 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Senior guard Brandy Woody would end the day with 13 points while dishing our four assists.
Ball State came out of the gates strong in the second half, eventually building its largest lead of the ball game, 44-37, with 14:25 left in the contest. Back-to-back three pointers from Justice and Jill Morrison helped Ball State accomplish that feat during the run. The Cardinals would continue to hold onto their lead up until the 8:40 mark.
Kent State quickly put an 8-0 run together of its own to take back a 45-44 ledger over the Cardinals. Ball State would knot the game at 47-47 with 6:40 remaining but that would be the last time the game would be tied, as the Golden Flashes would then go up by five twice, 52-47 (4:49) and 56-51 (1:30).
Ball State in its last efforts to win the ball game, came to within one (58-57) and was forced to foul Ashley Evans who would hit both free throws to seal the win for the Golden Flashes as time expired.
Justice started the game with a three point basket to give Ball State the early 3-0 edge over Kent State. The Golden Flashes then took control of the half, eventually building a 13-point (31-18) advantage over the Cardinals at the 5:22 mark after putting together a 31-15 run.
After that, Ball State answered with a 13-2 scoring spurt over the course of the next five minutes which was sparked by Justice's third three pointer of the contest. Woody hit a jumper with 1:57 left on the clock. She would convert on her free throw to knot the game 31-31 with 25 seconds left in the half.
Amber Dunlap would hit a quick basket as time expired to give the Golden Flashes the 33-31 halftime edge over the Cardinals.
The Ball State women’s basketball team returns to Worthen Arena Thursday to take on Mid-American Conference leader Central Michigan at 7 p.m. The Chippewas are currently undefeated in league action with an 9-0 record.