Pat Summit Falls
Ball State showed great poise looking more like the court savvy veterans than their opponents in a 71-55 rout of the Lady Volunteers.
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Almost a year ago the Women’s Basketball program was in a state of shock. Beloved head coach Tracy Roller informed the team that she was leaving the program after being away on an extended leave of absence. Players were crushed, nearly all of whom had been recruited by the coach of seven years. Their future was uncertain, there was an immediate call for then acting head coach Lisa McDonald to be hired to replace Roller. It was a crucial, emotion charged time for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Tom Collins, to make a decision. Especially one that could potentially change the scope of the budding program.
Fast forward one year and The Lady Cardinals, under head coach Kelly Packard have just played in their first NCAA tournament appearance and defeated the two-time returning champions the Tennessee Lady Vols. Lisa McDonald has stayed on as an assistant coach, and all is right in Muncie, Indiana.
Ball State led the Lady Vols who have never lost in the first or second round 29-28 at the half. A right knee injury to Kelly Cain further took Pat Summit’s team out of their comfort zone. The freshman from Georgia hurt her knee late in the first half and sat out the remainder of the game. Her teammates felt the pain as well, the Volunteers never regained their composure.
The Cardinals put up a furious assault led their star player, First Team All-Mid-American Conference
Porchia Green. Ball State showed great poise looking more like the court savvy veterans than their opponents in a 71-55 rout of the Lady Volunteers. They chased down their own rebounds, carefully knocked down their free throws and held their ground taking charges from their larger opponents.
Congratulations, Tom Collins on and outstanding decision.