By: Charlie Desadier
Ball State Sports Link
The Ball State women’s basketball team is ready for ACC opponent Pittsburgh as they rally up for back-to-back games under the lights of Worthen Arena this Saturday.
The Cardinals are coming off of a home win after brushing past Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) 86-58 on Thursday.
“It was a good win,” Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee said. “It was a fun game up and down both teams were playing fast. I think you saw how balanced and how lethal we can be offensively. We shot the ball well from the 3-point line and we were able to get it to the rim from multiple people. I thought we ran our stuff relatively well and we took care of the ball.”
The Cardinals head into game seven standing 4-2 after a stellar offensive and defensive performance that earned them a win against the Mastodons. The Cardinals reign undefeated in the all-time series against PFW, improving their record to 7-0.
Freshman Marie Keifer made her first collegiate start with the Cardinals answering with eight points, six boards, and two steals. Keifer admitted to feeling “great” after her successful college debut with the Cards mentioning that it felt much different than playing ball back in high school.
“Marie will throw some shots, it kind of surprised me the first few weeks of the year, but she definitely has some spunk in her,” Sallee said.
It was a big game for another Kentucky native in sophomore redshirt Anna Clephane. Clephane went for 20 points, five steals, and one assist going 7-of-16 in shooting. In a game that was nothing short of physical for the 5-10 guard, Clephane feels that playing physical is an effective method in her arsenal while on the hardwood.
Senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir lead the Cardinals with 18 points and 6-of-11 in shooting while Sydney Freeman followed close behind in scoring capping the night with 18 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.
MACtion will meet Power 5 this Saturday when the Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Panthers who are currently 6-2 in the ACC.
The Panthers are coming off of a 58-50 win against Rutgers cementing them in ninth place behind Louisville in the Atlantic Coast.
Pittsburgh guard Jayla Everett lead the pack with 18 with junior forward Amber Brown dropping 12 points, seven rebounds going 4-of-8 in shooting.
The Cardinals and Panthers will meet Saturday December 4 at 1:00 PM ET.