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WBB Faces No. 1 Bowling Green In MAC Semifinals

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: March 13, 2014
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No. 5 Ball State vs. No. 1 Bowling Green
Semifinals Mid-American Conference Tournament
Quicken Loans Arena (Capacity 20,562)
Thursday, March 14, 2014 at Noon
Cleveland, Ohio
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The Cardinals Nest

- The No. 5 seeded Ball State women’s basketball team earned its sixth straight win with a 74-60 victory over No. 4 Buffalo in Quicken Loans Arena Thursday afternoon to advance to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.  The Cardinals will face No. 1 Bowling Green Friday at Noon in Quicken Loans Arena.  Ball State lost its lone meeting against Bowling Green earlier this season.  The Cardinals suffered a 72-61 loss to the Falcons at Worthen Arena, Jan. 15.  The last time Ball State played in the MAC Tournament semifinals was in 2013 when the Cardinals fell 70-61 to No. 3 Akron, Ball State entered the tournament as the second seed.

- This season marks the 24th appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in program history.  Ball State has advanced to Cleveland in 13 out of the past 15 seasons.  The Cardinals are 19-22 all-time in MAC Tournament play and have advanced to the MAC Tournament finals on four occasions.  Ball State defeated Bowling Green in 2009 in the MAC Tournament Championship game.

- Bowling Green entered the Mid-American Conference as the No. 1 seed where they received an automatic bye after posting 27-3 overall record and a 17-1 league mark.  The last time Ball State faced Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference Tournament was in 2009 under the directior of former Ball State head coach Kelly Packard.  The game was played in Quicken Loans Arena where the Cardinals defeated the Falcons by a score of 55-51in the MAC championship game advancing Ball State to its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.  That year Ball State was the No. 1 seed out of the MAC West Divison while Bowling Green was the No. 1 seed in the MAC East.  The Cardinals and the Bulls have met a total of six times in the MAC Tournament 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2007 and 2009, with Bowling Green winning five of the six meetings.

- Sophomore guard Nathalie Fontaine and senior guard Brandy Woody were both honored by the Mid-American Conference Monday afternoon, when the league announced the 2013-14 All-MAC awards as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.  Fontaine, picked up All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight season, while Woody was named to the Honorable Mention squad.

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