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.

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17 Comments
  1. Travis
    Posted March 23, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I didn’t even realizw who Ball State was before last night, but I bet all women’s basketball fans know who they are now!

  2. LaDeva
    Posted March 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations Ball State! Those girls played an awesome game. Can’t wait to see more from them!

  3. Posted March 23, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Ball State really put on a show last night. They came strong. I didn’t know they had been though so much. I respect them even more now.

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. Mike
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    They came strong in that upset against the Lady Vols, but after that the secret was out and Iowa was ready for them.

  5. Lauryn
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Awesome article. Those ladies are very talented. I don’t care that they went out of the tournament in the second round. They made history, they made me proud!

  6. Joe
    Posted March 31, 2009 at 9:17 am

    This post season triupmh will bring a very big boost to recruiting this year.

  7. Gameboy360
    Posted April 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I’m going to try to get to a game next year.

  8. Posted April 11, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Let’s seem them go deeper next year! Go Cards!!!

  9. Posted April 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Interesting backstory. I am surprised it was not picked up by the big time media!

  10. Posted April 14, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Very interesting article, great work! Good review of the team.

  11. Posted April 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Good news!

  12. Posted April 16, 2009 at 12:23 am

    good review here!

  13. Gameboy360
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Students should use their IDs to get into these games free. We should be filling up the stadium seats!

  14. Mary
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Good article! Go BSU!

  15. Posted June 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    I have a paper to write on Pat Summit’s career and I’l be using this article as a source. Thanks for the detialed info!

  16. Posted October 25, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Pat Summit had to be pissed! LOL. She probably had her girls run all day non-stop in practice that next day. I’ll be watching for Ball State this up coming season. I want to see what they’ve got.

  17. Posted December 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Wonder if she’ll have any loss like this in 2010

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