WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Junior guard Brittany Carter’s 19-point performance nearly lifted the Ball State women’s basketball team past No. 18/23 Purdue, in the Cardinals season opener Sunday in Mackey Arena. Ball State would lose in the final minutes, 63-57.
Three Cardinals scored in double digits with Carter leading the way with 19, sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine chipped in 16 points and senior forward Katie Murphy finished the game with 10.
For the game, Ball State shot 36.2 percent from the field while holding Purdue to 31.8 shooting. The Cardinals also out-rebounded the Boilermakers, 41-to-37. Ball State held Purdue’s top player and preseason All-Big Ten recipient senior guard Courtney Moses scoreless on the day.
Purdue opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a quick 37-28 advantage over Ball State with just 3:36 shaved off the clock. The Cardinals still trailed 56-47 at the 3:52 mark before Carter would score back-to-back three pointers and a jumper, closing the gap to 58-55 with under a minute remaining in the game. With 13 seconds left, Purdue then sealed the victory off a three point play from Whitney Bays.
After leading the entire first half, the Cardinals found themselves knotted at 26-26 with the Boilermakers at intermission. The game was close, up until the 15:07 mark, when freshman center Renee Bennett hit a layup off of the dish from Carter sparking a 15-6 run for the Cardinals.
Ball State would then build its largest lead of the half off of that run, with Carter knocking down a three pointer at the 7:22 mark giving Ball State the 21-12 advantage over the Boilermakers. The tables quickly turned after that, Purdue answered with a 14-5 run in a span of seven minutes to end the half tied with the Ball State.
The Cardinals home opener is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14 against Pitt, where the Ball State women's basketball team will be recognized with the unveiling of its 2013 Women's National Invitation banner prior to its 7 p.m. tipoff in Worthen Arena.