Ohio will have the chance to avenge its most heartbreaking loss of the season Tuesday night. But in order to knock off the talented Ball State Cardinals, the Bobcats (10-6, 8-5 Mid-American Conference) will have to bring their best on the road.
Opponent: Ball State (9-7, 7-5 MAC)
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Worthen Arena (Muncie, Indiana)
How to watch: TuneIn
How to listen: ESPN+
MEET THE OPPONENT
Head coach: Brady Sallee
32 Oshlynn Brown
30 Anna Clephane
42 Annie Rauch
10 Thelma Dis Agustsdottir
11 Sydney Freeman
Ohio leads the all-time series against the Cardinals 37-28, but the Bobcats couldn’t care less. The only thing on Ohio’s mind will be avenging a 88-85 overtime loss it suffered to Ball State on Jan. 13. It was that loss that ended up spurring a turnaround for the Bobcats. Ohio went on to win its next three games and have since been a more focused team on defense.
WHY THIS GAME MATTERS
Both Ohio and Ball State are on the verge of being left out of the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats sit currently in sixth place, and the Cardinals are in eighth. Unlike other years where every team made the tournament, the MAC is only taking the top eight teams to Cleveland. At this point, every game could be deemed a must win, and Wednesday will be no different.
Hopefully for Ohio, star point guard Erica Johnson will return back to the lineup. Johnson has missed the last two games due to a knee injury. When she’s healthy, the redshirt junior averages 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.