Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 am
Ball State women finish off Akron
Staff, news services
A second-half surge powered Ball State past Akron, 74-61, Wednesday night in Mid-American Conference women's basketball.
The Cardinals (14-1, 3-1 MAC) led by a point at halftime before claiming six-point margins in the third and fourth quarters to pull away at James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron.
Senior forward Mariah Monaco finished with a game-high 23 points to lead four Ball State scorers in double figures. Frannie Frazier added 16 points, while Jasmin Samz and Carmen Grande both chipped in with 10 points as the Cardinals extended their win streak over Akron (6-9, 0-4) to five.
Ball State led by as many as 20 points to claim its third straight victory in MAC play after dropping its league opener to Central Michigan, staying focused despite a date looming Saturday against East division-leading Buffalo in Muncie.
HUNTINGTON 69, SAINT FRANCIS 57: At the Hutzell Center, a 32-point outburst in the fourth quarter helped the Foresters (11-7, 4-3 Crossroads League) snap a six-game slide. The Cougars (11-8, 3-4) led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter before the visitors' rally.
Maddie Richer's 17 points paced four in double figures for Huntington, while USF's Kara Gerka led all scorers with 18.
MARIAN 69, GRACE 60: At Indianapolis, the No. 5 Knights outscored the Lancers 19-9 over the final 4:32 to thwart the upset bid. Marian (17-2, 6-1 Crossroads League), the two-time defending NAIA national champions, rattled off nine straight points to seal it late.
Vironnica Drake led Grace (9-10, 3-4) with 14 points on a night where the Lancers shot just 35 percent from the field, 6 of 23 from three-point range.
INDIANA TECH 89, ROCHESTER 61: At the Schaefer Center, the No. 9 Warriors doubled up their visitors from Michigan in the first quarter 26-13 and never looked back. Junior Haley Cook scored 29 points to lead Tech (18-2, 9-1 WHAC) to the decisive victory, while Leo graduate Keanna Gary added a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Heritage graduate Kendall Knapke finished with 17 points for the Warriors.
TRINE 65, ADRIAN 29: At Adrian, Michigan, the Thunder didn't allow more than nine points in any quarter. DeKalb graduate Hayley Martin led Trine (13-2, 5-1 MIAA) with 14 points, while Garrett product Brandi Dawson added 10. Adrian (4-10, 2-5) shot just 24 percent from the field.
MANCHESTER 65, ANDERSON 63: At Anderson, the Spartans overcame some uneven play in the even quarters to pick up their third Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win. Manchester (4-10, 3-4) managed just eight points in the second quarter and 10 in the fourth, but the Ravens (0-14, 0-7) remained winless.
Faith-Alexis Graham led the Spartans with 14 points.
INDIANA STATE 69, NORTHERN IOWA 67: In Terre Haute, Jordan Barnes hit five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points and Brandon Murphy tipped in Barnes' missed 3 at the buzzer to give the Sycamores the victory.
Northrop graduate Brenton Scott scored 13 points for Indiana State (8-9, 3-2 Missouri Valley). Scott, who has 1,561 career points, moved past Eddie Bird into seventh on school's all-time list. He is one point behind David Moss and seven shy of Jake Odum in fifth.
INDIANA TECH 83, ROCHESTER 73, OT: At the Schaefer Center, the No. 5 Warriors completed the sweep for the hosts, outscoring Rochester 17-7 after finishing regulation tied at 66.
Tech (17-3, 9-1 WHAC) saw five players score in double figures, led by Darren Groves' 22 to go with 20 rebounds. Dylan Phair added 20 points for Tech.
ADRIAN 74, TRINE 67, OT: At Angola, a game-high 25 points from Carroll graduate Jeremy Kalonji lifted the Bulldogs (12-2, 3-0 MIAA) past the Thunder.
Langston Johnson's 23 points were tops for Trine (6-8, 2-1), which went just 5 of 22 from three-point range.
ANDERSON 83, MANCHESTER 77: At North Manchester, the Ravens went 29 of 38 from the foul line to overcome Adrian Johnson's game-high 36 points. Anderson (9-5, 4-3 HCAC) was led by Trevor Lucas' 33. Justin Lukens added 10 for Manchester. (2-12, 0-7).