Monday's Women's Basketball Results

Updated 11/20/2012


Monday's Women's Basketball Results
Ball State 53, IPFW 46
Bowling Green 45, Purdue 59
Kent State 41, Cincinnati 59
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 53, IPFW 46
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State improved to 1-3 on the season with a 53-46 win over visiting IPFW Monday night in Worthen Arena.  The win marked the first for first-year head coach Brady Sallee.  IPFW fell to 1-2 overall.
Katie Murphy led the Cardinals with a double-double, tallying 12 points and a personal best performance of 14 rebounds.  Nathalie Fontaine added a career-high 15 points, while Brittany Carter added eight points, five assists and four steals for the Cardinals.
Ball State would lead the entire second half despite IPFW putting together a 9-0 run that brought them within one point (42-41) with 4:24 left in the contest.  The Cardinals kept their composer and never lost their lead after some crucial buckets from Fontaine and making their free throws down the stretch, Ball State was able to secure its victory.
The Cardinals came out of the gates fast in the opening minutes of the contest scoring six straight points after baskets from Fontaine, sophomore guard Shelbie Justice and Carter to give the Ball State the early 6-0 edge over IPFW.
The Cardinals continued its hot scoring earning their biggest lead of the game 24-13 with 2:02 remaining after Fontaine knocked down a free throw.  Ball State ended the half up 26-19 over IPFW while holding the Mastodons to only a 29.6 shooting percentage.
The Ball State women's basketball will begin a four game road swing Thursday when it travels to Bethune Cookman (Nov. 23) and Stetson (Nov. 25). The Cardinals will then compete at Murray State (Nov. 29) and Austin Peay (Dec. 1) before returning home Dec. 6 against Detroit Mercy.
Bowling Green 45, Purdue 59
Host Purdue University scored on its first five possessions, taking an early lead en route to a 59-45 win over Bowling Green State University Monday night (Nov. 19).  The non-conference game was held at Mackey Arena.
With the victory, the nationally-ranked Boilermakers improve to 3-0 on the young season, while handing the Falcons the first loss of the Jennifer Roos Era.  BGSU drops to 2-1 on the year.
Drey Mingo and Sam Ostarello paced the hosts, as each recorded a double-double in the win.  Mingo had 13 points and 12 rebounds on the night, while Ostarello scored 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked a game-high four shots. Chantel Poston also had 12 points for Purdue.
For the Falcons, four players scored between seven and nine points.  Fifth-year senior Danielle Havel, a native of Carmel, Ind., had a BG-best nine points on the night, while senior Chrissy Steffen and redshirt junior Alexis Rogers scored eight points each and senior Allison Papenfuss seven.  Steffen, like Havel, hails from Carmel.
Rogers led the Falcons with seven rebounds in the game. The Boilermakers had a narrow 37-33 advantage in that category.
The Boilermakers got off to a fast start, scoring six points before the game was a minute old.  Mingo sandwiched a pair of layups around two KK Houser free throws.  Rogers got the Falcons on the scoreboard, taking a pass from Havel and hitting a jumper from the right side, but Poston got to the line and hit two tosses, and a jumper by Ostarello gave the hosts a 10-2 advantage.
Rogers put back a teammate's miss, beginning a 6-2 run for the Falcons. After another Ostarello jumper, Rogers hit two charity tosses, and Havel took a pass from junior Katrina Salinas and hit a driving layup.  BGSU was within four points, at 12-8, with six-and-a-half minutes gone.
The home team, however, pounded the ball inside to Mingo for a layup, and a three-point field-goal attempt by Courtney Moses rolled around the rim and dropped through.  Purdue had a 17-8 lead, and the hosts went ahead by a double-digit margin for the first time on a Poston layup midway through the half.
BGSU got a pair of free throws, but Mingo put back her own miss with 6:36 on the clock.  Rogers got an offensive rebound and kicked a pass out to Havel for a long two-pointer, and BGSU trailed by a 21-12 score.
Houser scored on a driving layup at the four-minute mark, but Havel took a Steffen pass and knocked down a three-pointer from the right elbow.  Poston hit a pair of free throws, but Rogers answered with a pair of tosses, and a Havel putback cut BG's deficit to just seven points, 25-18, at the break.
The Falcons now will prepare for a trip westward, as BGSU plays two games in this weekend's Lady Rebel Round-Up.  BG will face Villanova on Saturday (Nov. 24), and either Montana or host UNLV the following day.
Kent State 41, Cincinnati 59
KENT, Ohio - Slow starts to both halves and too many missed layups came back to haunt Kent State in a 59-41 loss to Cincinnati on Monday night.
After falling behind by double digits early, the Golden Flashes mounted a charge at the end of the first half to cut the Bearcats' lead to just three points at the break, 29-26. Kent State's 19-percent shooting from the field in the last 20 minutes allowed Cincinnati to pull away.
"It's frustrating, but the thing I'm proud of with our team is the fact that they kept playing," said Kent State coach Danielle O'Banion, who made her M.A.C. Center debut on Monday. "Shooting 19-percent in the second half, nobody would wish that on anybody … But we continued to get shots that should help us be successful. We just didn't put them in."
Diamon Beckford led Kent State with 10 points. The senior forward shot just 1-for-7 from the field, she connected on all eight of her free throws while following the Kent State gameplan.
"We have a couple of things going on," said O'Banion. "We are missing layups. But we are also undersized. So we have to figure out a way to score or get fouled using shot fakes. Diamon did that and was 8-for-8 from the foul line."
After Cincinnati outscored Kent State 11-2 in the first six minutes of the second half, Jamie Hutcheson ignited a spark for Kent State with an individual 5-0 run that included a three-pointer with 11:27 to play, trimming the Bearcats' lead to 40-35. 
Leslie Schaefer also provided Kent State with a lift, going 2-for-2 from the field, scoring five points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds in 19 minutes.
Kent State comes into every game with 12 team goals. The Golden Flashes accomplished just one in their opener at Massachusetts, then upped that total to five in game two at Eastern Kentucky.
While the outcome on the scoreboard wasn't not what Kent State desired, Kent State could build upon some of the goals reached on Monday as it gets ready for a trip to the Georgia State Thanksgiving Tournament later this week.
Holding Cincinnati under 60 points was one goal. That mission was accomplished.
Keeping the bigger Bearcats from pulling down 12 offensive rebounds was another. Cincinnati managed nine offensive rebounds and only outscored Kent State 6-4 in second-chance points. 
The Golden Flashes also out-scored the Bearcats 20-14 in the paint and 18-12 off the bench.
Cincinnati (2-1) was led by four players in double figures, including Dayeesha Hollins with 15. Lesha Dunn scored 12 while Tiffany Turner and Chelsea Jamison added 10 each.
Five Golden Flashes chipped in five points each, including Schaefer, Hutcheson, Melanie Stubbs and Rachel Mendelsohn.
The Golden Flashes (0-3) will play Florida A&M in Atlanta on Friday in the first game of the Georgia State Thanksgiving Tournament.