Central Michigan University
03.03.2021 | 19 o’clock
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Cardinals continue to be street fighters this season, winning their eleventh away game in action at the Mid-American Conference in Toledo at the Savage Arena on Saturday afternoon.
It’s always a fight when these two teams collide, but today Ball State (13-9, 11-7 MAC) had another all-round dominating performance against Toledo (10-12, 6-12 MAC) taking the 88-77 home victory.
The cardinals’ indictment was led by the second guard Sydney Freeman who today surpassed all players with a career high of 28 points. Freeman knocked down six of the BSU’s 12 3-pointers today, she also got help from team-mate Junior Striker Thelma Dis Agustsdottirwhen she also registered six 3-points for an 18-point achievement.
The BSU emerged from behind the bow today against the Rockets 12-of-24 (.500).
For a team that usually gets the most points in the color, head coach Brady Sallee said he needed to make some adjustments to what Toledo would do defensively against the Cardinals this afternoon.
Sallee knew the missiles would be focused on getting seniors forward Oshlynn Brown out of the game and forcing the BSU to shoot from outside.
That is what the Cardinals have been working on this week and Sallee found his team to be very efficient today from the 3 point area.
Agustsdottir opened the competition with a 3-point basket and that would set the tone of the ball game as the BSU left the Rockets 22-13 behind in the first 10 minutes of the action.
Toledo would launch their offensive in the second quarter to reduce the Cardinals’ first frame lead to three (24-21), with 5:53 left in the first half.
But again Agustsdottir came to the rescue and threw down another 3-point basket to bring the BSU back into shape at six (27-21).
The missiles would stay in range, but shortly after Agustsdottir’s 3-pointer, her criminal partner Freeman also did a 3-pointer, which helped the Cardinals get a 38-27 lead over the missiles at the break.
After half-time, Toledo got three more times, but Ball State’s all-round team performance gave the BSU a 15-point cushion at the start of the last action frame, and after that the rest was history.
Ball State’s women’s basketball team will end its regular MAC season at home this week, as the BSU will host Central Michigan on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET and West Michigan Seniors Day on Saturday. The game begins at 1 p.m. ET at the Worthen Arena.
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