Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Western Michigan 103, Detroit 86
Pittsburgh 63, Ball State 58
Duquesne 94, Kent State 63
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan hit the century mark for the 15th time in program history in a 103-86 win over Detroit in the Broncos' home-opener Thursday. Sophomore Miracle Woods scored a team-high 25 points and junior Michelle O'Brien recorded her fourth career double-double.
Woods shot 13-for-14 at the free throw line, setting a new career high for free throws made. She also pulled in eight rebounds and had two blocks. O'Brien totaled 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Junior A.J. Johnson made four-three pointers on her way to 16 points. Classmate Jazmine Windham also hit double figures with 14 points, adding six rebounds. Sophomore point guard Alex Morton tallied a career-high seven assists and chipped in nine points.
WMU broke away in the first half, going on a 26-7 run over a seven-minute span after the game was tied 16-16 at the 14:18 mark. The Broncos held a 19-point lead in the first half and led 54-43 at halftime. It was the most points scored for WMU in the first half since dropping 60 against Utah State on Dec. 19, 2003.
Johnson had the hot hand out of the gates, making five of her first six shots and scoring 13 of the team's first 24 points. Woods had 12 points at the half and O'Brien had 10.
Detroit fought back to cut the deficit to seven points with 11:23 remaining in the second half. Woods answered in a big way, converting a three-point play to spark her team. The Broncos followed with a 10-2 run, capped by a three-pointer off the glass by Windham. WMU led by 15 points or more the rest of the game.
Western Michigan and Detroit shot nearly even from the field at both just over 44 percent. The Broncos made the most of their chances at the free-throw line, hitting 25 of 27 attempts.
WMU outrebounded the Titans by 19, owning a 52-33 advantage on the boards. The Broncos had 19 assists as a team and turned the ball over just 14 times.
Detroit's Senee Shearer led all scorers with 29 points. Elisha Crosby tallied 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Titans.
Western Michigan improves to 2-1 with the win, while Detroit falls to 1-2. The Broncos return to University Arena to host Michigan on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. – For the second straight game junior guard Brittany Carter led the Ball State women’s basketball team in scoring with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinals dropped a close contest to Pittsburgh 61-58 Thursday night in their home opener at Worthen Arena.
Ball State took a 56-54 lead with 4:08 to play for its final lead of the contest. A pair of free throws by the Panthers at the 3:32 mark tied the game for the seventh time in the contest at 56-56. Shelbie Justice hit a pair of free throws to close the gap to 59-58 with 1:25 to play, but a layup by Pitt at the 1:08 mark increased the advantage to 61-58. Pittsburgh sealed the game with three seconds remaining on a pair of free throws to give them the final 63-58 margin.
After one half of play, Ball State trailed Pittsburgh, 29-23. Both teams traded baskets throughout the half before the Panthers pulled away from the Cardinals after putting together a 10-5 run which started at the 6:51 mark to give Pitt a 24-17 advantage with 2:29 left on the clock.
Ball State quickly climbed its way back, scoring five straight points after free throws from freshman guard Jill Morrison and senior guard Brandy Woody. The quick comeback was capped off by a layup from freshman forward Shelby Merder to make it a 25-23 contest with 1:28 left in the first half. But the Panthers scored back-to-back layups for the six point lead at intermission.
Woody led the Cardinals with 13 rebounds plus added eight points, one assist and one steal. Carter’s 17 points led all Ball State scorers, while Nathalie Fontaine added 11 and Justice scored 10 and led the Cardinals with five assists.
The Ball State women’s basketball team begins a four-game road swing Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. tip off at in-state rival Evansville. The Cardinals then play at Detroit Mercy Sat., Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. before heading to the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 28-29.
KENT, Ohio – Kent State (1-1) kept the game close for the opening 12 minutes, but couldn't hold off a tough Duquesne (2-1), falling 63-94 at home on Thursday (Nov. 14) night.
The Golden Flashes started things off on a 6-0 run and kept the Dukes within striking distance up until the visitors hit a three with 8:14 to go in the first to go up by five and never look back.
Kent State found themselves down 47-25 at the half and could only cut the deficit to 16 at best in the second. The biggest discrepancy statistically in the game came beyond the arc, as the Golden Flashes were only able to sink two three-pointers on nine attempts, whereas the Dukes hit 12 of 23.
Amber Dunlap matched a career-high with 16 points in the contest. Ashley Evans also reached double-digits in scoring with ten. Cheylene Harper was close to a double-double off the bench, finishing with nine points while grabbing eight rebounds.
Duquesne's Raegan Moore netted a game-high 35 points en route to setting a school record with nine made three-pointers.
Kent State will spend the remainder of the month on the road, beginning with a 2:00pm game at Cincinnati on Sunday (Nov. 17). They return back to the M.A.C. Center on December 4th to take on Niagara at 5:00pm. Tickets for all remaining home games can be purchased online at kentstatesports.com.