Thursday's MAC Basketball Results

Updated 12/7/2012


Thursday's MAC Basketball Results
Ball State 73, Detroit 64
Ohio 69, Eastern Kentucky 58
Kent State 71, Temple 62
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 73, Detroit 64
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State's women's basketball team tallied a 73-64 overtime victory over Detroit Mercy Thursday night in Worthen Arena.  With the win, the Cardinals improved to 3-6 overall, while the Titans fell to 4-4.
The Cardinals had four player in double figures with freshman guard Nathalie Fontaine and teammate senior guard Shannee' Jackson leading the way with 18 points apiece.  The 18-point performance from Jackson was a career high.  Sophomore guard Brittany Carter ended the night with a season high 17 points while classmate guard Shelbie Justice had 10.
In a game that consisted of eight ties and 10 lead changes, Ball State trailed by eight (57-49) with 1:25 left in the game.  The Cardinals would then put together an 8-0 run after baskets from Fontaine, Carter and Jackson to knot the game 57-57 with six seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Justice opened OT with a layup, soon after that Detroit Mercy would tie the game twice with the last time being at the 2:33 mark after the Titans Audrey Matteson hit a three pointer to make the game 62-62.  Ball State would then lead the remainder of overtime which included some clutch free throws from Justice, Carter, Jackson and Woody.  Jackson sealed the overtime victory after making the last two charity shots of the contest.
Carter opened the contest with a trey to give Ball State the early 3-0 edge over Detroit Mercy.  The Titans would then put together an 8-0 run allowing UDM to take the 8-3 edge over the Cardinals. 
After that the Cardinals orchestrated an 11-6 run to tie the game 14-14 with help from Fontaine with 8:58 remaining in the first half.  Both teams traded baskets for the next few minutes, Ball State would then take back the lead at the 6:54 mark to go up 18-17 after a fastbreak layup from Fontaine.
Both teams continued to trade baskets the remainder of the half with the Cardinals earning the 28-25 halftime advantage over the Titans.
The Ball State women's basketball team will continue its two game homestand Saturday at 4 p.m. in Worthen Arena against Northern Kentucky.
Ohio 69, Eastern Kentucky 58
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Women's Basketball put an emphatic end to its five-game losing streak on Thursday night, defeating the Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonels by a final score of 69-58. Four Bobcat players scored in double figures and Ohio out-rebounded EKU in the victory.
Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) led the way offensively for the Bobcats (2-5), tying a game-high with 14 points. The junior guard was very efficient with her offensive play, connecting on five-of-eight attempts from the field and getting to the free-throw line seven times. Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio), Erin Bailes (Huntington, W.Va.), and Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) joined her in double figures, chipping in with 13, 12, and 12, respectively.
In the 100th game of her Bobcat career, Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) played a strong 31 minutes. She proved to be a presence in the post on the defensive end, helping the `Cats win the points in the paint battle (26-24) for the first time all season.
Raechele Gray tied Robinson's game-high of 14 points, connecting on 5-of-14 field goals. She was joined in double figures by Alex Jones, who scored 13 points. Eastern Kentucky (5-4) shot at a brisk 48.1 percent clip in the first half but cooled down significantly during the final 20 minutes, only connecting on just more than 26 percent of its field-goal attempts. 
Ohio came out of the gate quickly to take an early 8-5 lead when Bailes scored a layup 4:39 into the contest. The Lady Colonels answered back immediately, piecing together a 17-2 run over the next six minutes to take a commanding 22-10 lead. 
Facing a 33-24 deficit with just 2:39 remaining in the first half, Ohio ripped off an impressive 10-1 run to tie things up at 34 at the halftime break. The Bobcats connected on 13-of-33 field goal attempts (39.4 percent) in the first 20 minutes while Eastern Kentucky operated a clip of 13-of-27 (48.1 percent). Bailes, Lyles, and EKU's Jade Barber were tied atop the scoring sheet, coming in with nine points each. Ohio outmuscled EKU down low in the first 20 minutes, holding a 16-14 edge in points scored in the paint.
The Bobcats pestered the Lady Colonels in the first half, forcing the visitors into 16 turnovers. Ohio was able to score 12 points from these EKU miscues.
Black scored the first point of the second half, hitting a free throw 65 seconds into the frame to give the `Cats a one-point lead. The Green and White would never trail from this point on, holding the lead throughout the entire second half en route to the victory.
A huge part of Ohio's success in the second half was its ability to get to the free-throw line. The Bobcats shot 23 free throws in the final 20 minutes, connecting on 16 of them. Ohio would ultimately end the game shooting 22-of-29 (75.9 percent) from the charity stripe. The Bobcats entered the game as the best free throw shooting team in the Mid-American Conference and actually shot better than their season average in the victory. 
Ohio will next be in action when it wraps up this current five-game homestand on Sunday against Morehead State. The Bobcats and Eagles will tip off from The Convocation Center at 2 p.m.
Kent State 71, Temple 62
Kent, Ohio – After struggling through the first seven games the season, Kent State (1-7) put on a show at home court to take down Temple (5-3) and give head coach Danielle O'Banion her first career win, 71-62.
The Flashes trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half, but stepped up their defense to hold Temple to just ten points in a fifteen minute span, cutting the Owls' lead to three with 5:30 remaining in the game.  Trisha Krewson then drained her fourth three-pointer of the night to give Kent State their first lead in the second half.  Ashley Evans made five free throws in the last 1:13 to help put the game out of reach.
Krewson finished with a team-high 18 points, shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.  Tamzin Barroilhet also had a big night, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds.
For the third consecutive game, three or more Flashes reached double-digits in scoring.  Diamon Beckford and Evans joined Krewson and Barroilhet with 13 and 12 points, respectively.  Kent State also saw big improvement in turnovers tonight.  They turned the ball over a season-low 14 times, ten less than their average of 24.  Defense was key in this area as well, as Kent State forced 19 Temple turnovers, resulting in 28 points for the Flashes.
Victoria Mccaulay had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds for Temple.  Tyonna Williams was the only other Owl who scored in double-figures; she netted 14.
Kent State plays again at home on Sunday (Dec. 9).  They face Western Kentucky at a 2:00pm tip.  Fans who attended Thursday night's contest receive free admission with a ticket stub from that night's game. Santa Flash will also be making an appearance.