Women’s basketball sets rematch with Ball State on Wednesday

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan women’s basketball will turn around tomorrow to host a rematch against the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday, February 23.

WHERE TO LOOK

Western Michigan’s fight with Ball State will be available to stream via ESPN3. The link to the stream is listed above and can also be found HERE.

BALL STATE BREAKDOWN (15-10, 8-7 MAC)

Ball State will enter Bronco territory on Wednesday after a clash with WMU in Muncie on Monday. In the contest, the Cardinals emerged victorious by a margin of 73-67. BSU had 43 team rebounds in the first of two meetings between the teams this season.

Four Cardinals posted double-digit nights Monday, led by senior forward Thelma Dis Augustsdottir, who finished with 14 points on 4-7 from deep, along with two steals. Fifth-year forward Chyna Latimer, freshman guard Ally Becki and freshman forward Marie Kiefer all had 12 points apiece, with Becki delivering eight assists and knocking down five boards, and Kiefer recording a double-double thanks to his 11 rebounds.

Collectively, Ball State scores 71.1 PPG shooting at a 43.1 percent rate from the field while allowing 67.8 PPG from opponents for a +3.3 margin on the campaign. That team field goal percentage is good for second-place MAC. The Cardinals are also sinking 32.1% of their looks from beyond the arc and 68.8% of their foul line chances for 8.8 hat-tricks (second in MAC) and 9.7 free throws each time they hit the pitch.

On the glass, BSU shoots 35.7 RPG and has a -1.7 rebound margin on the year. The Cardinals also dished out a MAC-best 15.52 assists per outing and post a +1.8 turnover margin as a group. In the ever-changing conference standings, Ball State currently sits in fourth place, putting the Cardinals just one game behind WMU in winning percentage.

Junior guard Anna Clephane led the way for Ball State, which posts 16.2 PPG on a shooting percentage of exactly 50.0, as well as 2.8 RPG. Unfortunately for BSU, Clephane has been sidelined since BSU’s showdown with Kent State on Jan. 9 with a knee injury. Junior guard Sydney Freeman is next for the Cardinals, averaging 10.6 PPG, 3.65 APG and 2.8 RPG, while also connecting on 84.8 percent of his free throws.



WHAT TO EXPECT FROM WESTERN MICHIGAN (14-11, 8-8 MAC)
WMU will host Ball State for the second of its regular season contests this year following a road loss to Muncie on Monday. The difference in the game was BSU’s six-point advantage in the second quarter, as both teams scored exactly the same number of points in the first, third, and fourth quarters.

A trio of Broncos enjoyed double-digit nights, highlighted by the eighth double-double of Taylor Williams’ season. The redshirt sophomore forward finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while slipping three takeaways and returning a pair of Cardinal shot attempts. junior guard Sydney Shafer led all scorers with 19 points on 8-13 (61.5%) from the field to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Second year guard Lauren Ross finished the Broncos’ double-digit effort with 13 points and four rebounds.

Collectively, WMU is even posting 66.0 PPG on 41.3 percent shooting while limiting opponents to 63.6 PPG, which is third-lowest in the Mid-American Conference, for a +2.4 margin on the season. The Broncos also find nylon on 32.3% of their three-point attempts and 68.1% of their opportunities from the line for 7.2 three-for-threes and 11.6 good giveaways each time they hit the wood. hard. WMU currently sits in seventh place in the Mid-American Conference standings, making the final two weeks of the regular season critically important for conference tournament standings.

Western Michigan was ushered in in scoring this season by Lauren Ross, who currently ranks fifth overall in the conference in scoring and field goal percentage with 18.71 PPG at 44.7 percent from the floor while grabbing 5.1 RPG. Additionally, Lauren won Player of the Week and Female Athlete of the Week honors last week, and is the first Bronco to win both awards in the same week since Carrie Moore in November 2006.

The attacking duo of Taylor Williams and Reilly Jacobson, as well as strong productivity off the bench, have all been crucial to WMU’s success in conference play this season, with the two positions combining for 11 double-doubles this season. Jacobson returned to the Bronco’s lineup after an injury on Monday, recording seven points on 3-4 from the field and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes of play. The Bronco bench also beat the Ball State 29 subs -14 Monday thanks to a great evening of Sydney Shafer.



ON THE HORIZON
After Wednesday’s battle with Ball State, Western Michigan will host the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday, Feb. 26 for a 2 p.m. tip. Saturday will also be Seniors Day, acknowledging and thanking each of the Bronco seniors for their efforts in their WMU careers.

Wednesday’s showdown against Ball State will be the Broncos’ Play 4 Kay game, and WMU will be joined by the West Michigan Cancer Center in showing our support for their cause in an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.

The team will wear pink accessories on the field and pink pom poms will be distributed to each fan in attendance. Fans will also have the opportunity to create signs honoring friends/loved ones who have had personal battles with the disease, and are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink to the game.

Students participate in all WMU home games with a valid Bronco ID, and further ticket information can be found at www.wmubroncos.com/tickets, or by calling 1-888-4-WMU- TIX. We’ll see you all inside the Zoo tomorrow night!

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