Ball State women runner up in Mid American Conference tournament

Brittany Carter scores 23 in second half come back

By Rick Yencer

CLEVELAND, OHIO (SPORTS) - Three point shooting by Ball State guard Brittany Carter caused Akron to pour on the defense to win the Mid American Conference Tournament Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The final 79-68 score reflected a Cardinal comeback that was met with Zips guard Rachel Tecca rolling up the score, finishing with 30 points and 12 reounds to Carter scoring 23 and rebounding seven.

Ball State Coach Brady Sallee brought the team through four games in five days to play Akron in the championship and said Akron's defense and rebounding decided the game.

The Zips has 46 rebounds and scored 18 points off second chance shots. Ball State had only 30 rebounds and four second chance points.

Salle explained that Ball State put up its own defensive fight, although Akron went on a scoring run in the middle of the second half, leaving the Cardinals down 22 points with a little more than eight minutes left.

Then it was Carter's turn who had four three-pointers that helped bring the Cardinals within 10 points. Buy Akron continued its defense to hold on with Carter scoring the last shot, another three pointer.

Akron at 23-9 has averaged 80 points a game with Tecca averaging over 20 points a game. It was the first time Akron won the conference tournament that gives them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Sallee anticipated a bid to the WNIT tournament like the Cardinals got last year and made it to the Sweet 16.

At the MAC tournament, Ball State senior guard Brandy Woody and junior guard Shelbie Justice were named to the all-tournament team. And Justice set the record for three point shots made at a MAC tournament with 15 in five games this week.


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