Thursday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 12/6/2012


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Detroit (4-3, 0-0 Horizon) at Ball State (2-6, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM • Ball State trails 3-1
•  Ball State women’s basketball welcomes its second Horizon League opponent of the season to Worthen Arena when it hosts Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Cardinals have started off the season with an overall mark of 2-6 while the Titans come to Ball State with a 4-3 overall record.  Detroit Mercy has won its last two outings over Mid-American Conference opponents after posting a 97-57 victory at home against Western Michigan a 65-53 road win at Ohio University.  Thursday’s meeting will be the fifth time the two schools have met with the Titans leading the all-time series over the Cardinals 3-1.  Detroit Mercy has won its last three meetings against Ball State including an 87-68 victory at Worthen Arena in 2011-12. 
Temple (5-2, 0-0 A-10) at Kent State (0-7, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM • Kent State trails 2-0
• Diamon Beckford leads the team in scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game. Tamzin Barroilhet follows close behind with 7.4 points per game and is averaging a team-high 6.0 rebounds. Ashley Evans has 25 assists.  The Flashes have been doing a good job on the boards, averaging 35.9 rebounds per game compared to 40.1 for their opponents. Coach Danielle O’Banion is sticking with her goal to lessen playing time for her players. No one on the team is averaging more than 30 minutes of playing time a game. Offensively, Kent State has improved; mutliple players have scored double-figures in the last two games. 
Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 0-0 OVC) at Ohio (1-5, 0-0 MAC)
7 PM • Ohio trails 3-1
• After sinking four three-pointers and five total field goals during her first four appearances of the season, Erin Bailes lit up the scoreboard against Detroit. The junior guard connected on 7-of-15 field goals, including going 5-of-9 from three-point range, to score 19 points against the Titans.  Freshman guard Kiyanna Black had the quintessential ‘career day’ against Massachusetts. Black set career highs in the fol­lowing nine statistical categories: points (21), assists (5), steals (4), field goals made (9), field goals attempted (20), minutes played (27), free throw attempts (4), free throws made (3), and three-point field goal attempts (3).