Ball State vs.
Thursday, 7 p.m. (EST)
University Arena (Capacity 5,421)
Radio: WERK (104.9 FM) - Jay Garrison
WCRD (91.3) FM - Chris Renkel, Zach Huffman and Brad Huber
What's On Tap: Ball State begins a two game Mid-American Conference road swing Thursday when it travels to Western Michigan to take on the Broncos at 7 p.m. in University Arena. The Cardinals have faced only one MAC West Division opponent this season which resulted in a 57-51 win on the road at Northern Illinois, Jan. 13. Ball State is on a three game win streak after defeating Ohio Saturday 77-46 in Worthen Arena. The Cardinals are 8-11 overall and 5-1 in league action which is the best conference start for Ball State since the 2008-09 season. Western Michigan is looking to rebound from its 63-44 loss at Buffalo Saturday. Western Michigan is 6-13 overall and 2-4 in MAC play.
About Western Michigan: The Broncos have won two MAC contests this season,
defeating Akron (84-77) at home Jan. 19 and Northern Illinois (54-51) on the road Jan. 23. The Broncos are led by Corie Buchanan who is averaging 8.6 points per game while teammate Aurielle Anderson scores 8.1 points per contest. In non-conference action Western Michigan defeated American (57-53) Nov. 10, Northern Arizona (78-67) Nov. 23, Chicago State (80-38) Dec. 8 and Valparaiso (70-69) Dec. 19.
The Coaches: Ball State head coach Brady Sallee is in his first season at Ball State. Sallee's career coaching record is 144-120 and he is 8-11 overall and 5-1 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. Shane Clipfell is in his first season at Western Michigan as he was named the sixth women's basketball coach in program history April 13, 2012. Clipfell has strong ties in the state of Michigan, the Mid-American Conference and the Midwest and has worked at every level of women's basketball. For the last 14 years, Clipfell worked alongside Suzy Merchant who is the current head women's basketball coach at Michigan State. He started out as an assistant at Eastern Michigan for Merchant during the 1998-99 season and has been with the Spartans for the last five seasons.