Falcons look to win fourth game in a row on Saturday

Tara Jones and Tara Jones

The BG women’s basketball team will travel to Muncie, Ind. for a mid-week matchup against Ball State on Wednesday afternoon.

The Falcons are fresh off of an 81-65 victory that came on Sunday against the University of Akron in the Stroh Center. The win elevated the Falcons to an overall record of 13-2 and a Mid-American Conference record of 3-0.

BG will look to improve to 4-0 in the MAC for the 12th time in school history.

Ball State enters the match with an overall record of 7-7 and a MAC record of 2-1. The Cardinals earned conference wins over Eastern Michigan and Kent State, but fell to Akron to in their conference opener. BG leads Ball State in the all-time series between the two teams 43-14, including four consecutive wins over the Cardinals.

Ball State returned seven letterwinners, including all five starters, from the 2012-13 season. Last years team finished 17-16 overall and 12-4 in the MAC. The Cardinals tied for second in the West Division of the conference and continued on to the third round of the WNIT.

Head Coach Jennifer Roos said the Cardinals are a near mirror image of the Falcons in that they too benefit from several double-digit scoring averages from multiple players. Sophomore Nathalie Fontaine leads Ball State in scoring with 16.0 points per game and also in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds. Junior Brittany Carter averages 14.3 points and freshman Jill Morrison adds on 10.8 points per game.

Roos also said Ball State is not a team to sleep on because BSU Head Coach Brady Sallee is a great coach who managed to get last years team to the third round of the WNIT with just seven healthy players. She added that the Cardinals are sure to come into Wednesday’s matchup and give the Falcons their best effort.

This years BG team is not only smart, but is also very unselfish and that can be seen on the stat sheet, she said.

“When you look back at our roster and our high-scorers and high-rebounders throughout the first 15 games, we’ve had five different leading scorers,” Roos said. “I think that’s a testament to how confident and how supportive our kids [are] and how much they believe in each other.”

Tipoff for Wednesday’s match at Ball State is set for 6 p.m.

Following their trip to Ball State, the Falcons will continue on the road to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to face Central Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 12 p.m.