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, Ohio.
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 against Akron (6-9, 0-4) to five games.
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 turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point advantage with under a minute remaining.
Vironnica Drake led Grace (9-10, 3-4) with 14 points on a night where the Lancers shot just 35 percent from the field, including a 6-of-23 effort 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 to give the Warriors three double-figure scorers. Tech notched 24 assists on 32 field goals, while Rochester (9-9, 4-6) turned the ball over 23 times.
TRINE 65, ADRIAN 29: At Adrian, Mich., 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 a 10-point deficit after three quarters proved too much and the Ravens (0-14, 0-7) remained winless.
Faith-Alexis Graham led the Spartans with 14 points, while Hannah Hawkins had 17 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for Anderson.
INDIANA TECH 83, ROCHESTER 73 (OT): At the Schaefer Center, the No. 5-ranked 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’ monster night of 22 points and 20 rebounds.
Dylan Phair added 20 points for Tech, which led by as many as 12 in the first half. Peter Agba notched a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) for Rochester (11-9, 5-5).
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 at the MTI Center. 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, who went 17-of-20 from the line to finish with 33 points.
Justin Lukens added 10 for Manchester (2-12, 0-7).