Jan. 26, 2013
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ohio Women’s Basketball wasn’t able to pick up its fourth straight win in the all-time series against the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, falling in Muncie, Ind., by a final score of 77-46.
In a game which featured 42 fouls and 48 free throws, Ball State had four players score in double figures. Brandy Woody led the way, scoring a game-high 23 points on 6-6 shooting and a 10-12 success rate from the free-throw line. She was joined in double figures by Brittany Carter (15 points), Shanee’ Jackson (13), and Shelbie Justice (11).
Kiyanna Black scored 14 points to lead the way for Ohio. She was followed by Tina Fisher (9) and Ashley Fowler (8). Freshman forward Lexie Baldwin collected a game-high 13 rebounds in a contest which saw the ‘Cats out-rebound the Cardinals by a 41-39 mark.
Ohio shot 15-60 (25 percent) from the field in the loss while Ball State operated at a 26-50 (52 percent) clip. The Cardinals went 7-14 from three-point distance.
Ball State (8-11, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) got off to a fast start, hitting all three of its initial three-point attempts en route to leaping out to a 13-4 lead at the 15:31 mark. Carter was especially locked in from distance, connecting on two three-pointers and another field goal from short range to lead all scorers early with eight points. Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) got off to a good start for the Green and White, hitting two early shots down low to score four points in the first four minutes.
Facing a 20-4 deficit, Ohio (5-13, 0-6 MAC) upped its intensity over the next few minutes, going on a 13-6 run to pull within nine at the 7:59 mark. Key during this stretch was the play of Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and Black (Columbus, Ohio), each of whom scored four points during the first 12 minutes of the half. Ohio kept on pressing and was able to eventually close this gap to just four points (26-22) at the 6:56 mark.
From this point on, Ball State went on a 16-3 run over the rest of the half to take a 42-27 advantage into the locker room. The Cardinals shot 43 percent from the field during the half and made 12 of 18 free-throw attempts. Ohio connected on 10-31 field goals to shoot 32 percent and got to the free-throw line 11 times, sinking six shots.
Fisher led the way for the Bobcats in the first half, scoring nine points on 3-6 shooting from the field. She was also 3-4 from the charity stripe during the first 20 minutes. Woody of Ball State led all scorers in the first frame, chipping in 17 points on 4-10 shooting and a 10-11 efficiency rate from the free-throw line.
Ohio out-rebounded Ball State in the first frame by a 26-19 margin. Baldwin collected a total of eight boards in the first half.
The Bobcats began the second half on an 11-5 run, pulling within nine points (47-38). Ohio started strong in this stanza, forcing two early Cardinal turnovers which it was immediately able to convert into transition buckets.
From this point on, Ball State would score 30 of the game’s final 38 points to earn the 77-46 victory.
Ohio will next be in action on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Toledo. The Bobcats and Rockets will tip off at 7 p.m.