12 Teams/12 Days: Ball State Cardinals

Updated 10/31/2013


2013-14 Ball State Cardinals Women's Basketball Season Preview (From 10/01/13)
Courtesy of Ball State Athletic Communications
MUNCIE, Ind. -  The Ball State women's basketball team has begun practicing for the 2013-04 season under the direction of second-year head coach Brady Sallee.  The Cardinals return all five starters from last season's Women's National Invitation Tournament Final 16 team.
"We're really excited to get going with this group,” said head coach Brady Sallee.  “They had a great summer and even better preseason. I know they are chomping at the bit to get on the practice floor and I look forward to seeing what they look like."
The NCAA moved up the start date for basketball practice this year. Teams now have 40 days to hold 30 practices before their first game.
The Cardinals will be led by sophomore forward Nathalie Fontaine, along with senior guard Brandy Woody and forward Katie Murphy.  Junior guards Brittany Carter and Shelbie Justice also return from last year’s starting five.
Fontaine, the reigning All-Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, averaged 13.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds.  Fontaine was named to the All-MAC Freshmen squad while also earning Second Team All-MAC honors.  As a true freshman, Fontaine ended the season just nine points shy of what Ball State's all-time leading scorer Tamara Bowie had when she was a true freshman.  Fontaine ended the season with 423 points while Bowie tallied 432 points her freshman year.
Woody, a Third Team All-MAC honoree, averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.  For her career, she has scored 718 points with 422 rebounds and 165 steals.  She scored a career-best 29 points along with a career-high performance in steals (7) in the Cardinals' win at Buffalo last season.  Woody led all scorers with 19 points in a 54-51 win at Big Ten foe Minnesota in the first round of the WNIT.
Rounding out the starting five from last season are, Carter, Justice and Murphy.  The three players combined for 807 points of the Cardinals scoring in 2012-13.  Carter was the third-leading scorer on the team (9.8 ppg) and second in steals (67).  Justice ranked fourth on the team in scoring (7.9 ppg) and managed a career best 20 points at Western Michigan.  Murphy played in 32 games, managing four double-doubles, including a career high rebound performance (15) against Eastern Michigan (2/20).
Also returning for Ball State are sophomores Taylor Miller and Alex Southworth, both of whom missed playing time during the season due to injuries.  She played in 22 games as a freshman.  The Cardinals also welcome six newcomers:   Renee Bennett, Calyn Hosea, Shelby Merder, Jill Morrison, Haley Richardson and Candyce Ussery.
The Ball State women's basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-16 overall record and a 12-4 MAC mark, earning them the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2009.  The Cardinals knocked off Big Ten foe Minnesota and defeated Northern Iowa in the WNIT to advance to the Final 16.
The Cardinals will host an exhibition game Oct. 30 against Oakland City at 7 p.m.  Ball State will then open the regular season at reigning Big Ten champion Purdue, Nov. 10 in West Lafayette, Ind.
2012-13 Record 17-16, 12-4 MAC (t-2nd/West)  
2013 Postseason MAC Tournament Semifinals/WNIT Third Round  
Starters Returning/Lost 5/0  
Letterwinners Returning/Lost 7/2  
Newcomers 6  
University Quick Facts    
Founded 1918  
Location Muncie, Indiana  
Enrollment 17,285  
Nickname Cardinals  
Mascot Charlie Cardinal  
Colors Cardinal and White  
President Dr. Jo Ann M. Gora  
Athletics Director Bill Scholl  
Senior Woman Administrator Karin Lee  
Faculty Representative Dr. Charlene Alexander  
Conference Mid-American Conference/West  
Arena (Capacity) John E. Worthen Arena (11,500)  
Press Row 765-285-8930  
Website www.ballstatesports.com  
Women’s Basketball Quick Facts    
Head Coach Brady Sallee  
Alma Mater Thomas Moore ‘93  
Record at Ball State 17-16 (Second Season)  
Career Record 153-125 (10th Season)  
MAC Record 12-4  
Associate Head Coach Rekha Patterson  
Alma Mater North Carolina A&T ‘01  
Assistant Coach Rachel Galligan  
Alma Mater Eastern Illinois ‘09  
Volunteer Assistant Ryan Patterson  
Alma Mater Malone College ‘99  
Director of Basketball Operations Audrey McDonald-Spencer  
Alma Mater Ball State ‘10  
Program History    
First Year of Women’s Basketball 1974-95  
All-Time Record 445-577   
Overall Record Since Joining MAC (Years) 395-532 (33rd Season)  
All-Time MAC Record 224-299  
NCAA Championship Appearances One (2009)  
NCAA Championship Record 1-1  
WNIT Appearances Four (2002, 03, 07, 13)     
WNIT Record 4-4  
MAC Tournament Titles One (2009)  
MAC Regular Season Titles Two (2002, 03)  
MAC Divisional Titles Five (2002, 03, 07, 08, 09)  
MAC Players of the Year (Most Recent) Four (Kate Endress, 2005)  
MAC Freshmen of the Year (Most Recent) Two (Nathalie Fontaine, 2013)  
MAC Coaches of Year (Most Recent) Two (Tracy Roller, 2002)  
Defensive Players of the Year (Most Recent) Two (Porchia Green, 2009)  
Sixth-Player Award (Most Recent) Two (Shanee’ Jackson, 2013)  
2013-2014 Schedule    
Wed., Oct. 30 Oakland City (Exh.)  7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 10 at Purdue  2:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 14 Pittsburgh  7:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 20 at Evansville  7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 23 at Detroit Mercy  12:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 29 vs. Auburn !  3:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 30 vs. Tennessee Tech !  3:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 07 Western Kentucky  2:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 14 at Wyoming  4:00 PM
Tue., Dec. 17 Louisville  7:00 PM
Sat., Dec. 21 at Northern Kentucky  2:30 PM
Sun., Dec. 29 at IPFW  4:30 PM
Sat., Jan. 04 at Akron *  TBA
Thurs., Jan. 09 at Eastern Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sun., Jan. 12 Kent State *  2:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 15 Bowling Green *  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 18 at Ohio University *  TBA
Thurs., Jan. 23 at Toledo *  7:00 PM
Sun., Jan. 26 Buffalo *  1:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 29 Western Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 01 at Kent State *  2:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 06 Central Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 09 at Northern Illinois *  TBA
Sat., Feb. 15 Akron *  1:00 PM
Thu., Feb. 20 at Miami *  1:30 PM
Sun., Feb. 23 Eastern Michigan *  2:00 PM
Thurs., Feb. 27 at Central Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 01 at Western Michigan *  TBA
Wed., Mar. 05 Northern Illinois *  7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 08 Toledo *  2:00 PM
Mon., Mar. 10 MAC Tournament First Round $ TBA
Wed., Mar. 12  MAC Tournament Second Round %  TBA
Thurs., Mar. 13 MAC Tournament Third Round % TBA
Fri., Mar. 14 MAC Tournament Semilfinals % TBA
Sat., Mar. 15 MAC Championship % TBA
All Times EST and subject to change    
! South Point Shootout    
* Denotes Mid-American Conference Game    
$ Hosted By Seeds 5, 6, 7, 8    
% at Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)