Record-Courier staff report
Ball State dominated the Kent State women's basketball team from start to finish on Monday, ending the season for the Golden Flashes with a 73-38 home victory in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Ball State (15-15, 9-9 MAC), the tournament's fifth seed, jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never looked back.
The Cardinals' hot shooting allowed the team to open up a 20-point lead over the Flashes (7-23, 4-14 MAC) on 56 percent shooting from the floor and went into halftime holding a 35-15 advantage over KSU.
Most of Ball State's hot shooting came from behind the 3-point arc, where they drained 12-of-20 shots for the game, including a perfect 4-of-4 from Shelbie Justice and 4-of-6 made by Jill Morrison. Morrison finished with 18 points, second on the team behind Nathalie Fontaine's 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Fontaine also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Kent State finished the game with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (13). The Cardinals were able to collect 25 points off of those 18 KSU miscues.
Only Ashley Evans (11 points) reached double figures in scoring for the Flashes, while CiCi Shannon pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Shannon also had an impressive six blocked shots.
With the win, Ball State advances to a second-round matchup on Wednesday against ninth-seeded Northern Illinois at noon in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena.