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Western Michigan women beat Ball State 65-54 in MAC Tournament
Thursday Mar 08, 2018 12:00am

Western Michigan women beat Ball State 65-54 in MAC Tournament
(CLEVELAND) - The No. 6 seeded Western Michigan women's basketball team defeated No. 3 seed Ball State, 65-54, in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday. It is the second-straight year WMU has upset a higher seed in the quarterfinals, also knocking off No. 1 seed Central Michigan last year. Western Michigan's win over Ball State snapped a six-game losing streak to the Cardinals, dating back to 2015. Entering the game, WMU had just four wins against Ball State in the previous 20 meetings. Wednesday's contest was all Western Michigan however, as the Broncos got off to a hot start and built a big lead that despite a late rally was too much for Ball State to overcome. Senior Najee Smith finished with a team high 14 points for the Lady Broncos. Breanna Mobley had 13 points and 6 rebounds while point guard Deja Wimby recorded a point-assist double-double for the fourth straight game, racking up 12 points, 10 assists and three steals. The Broncos (18-14 record) advance to the semifinals on Friday and will face No. 2 seed Buffalo at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The Bulls (26-4) downed Kent State in their quarterfinal matchup, 72-50.

No. 1 Central Michigan 67 – No. 9 Eastern Michigan 64
No. 4 Miami (OH) 69 – No. 5 Ohio 66
No. 2 Buffalo 72 – No. 10 Kent State 50

The Western Michigan women's basketball team celebrates their win over Ball State in the MAC Tournament (photo courtesy of WMU Athletics)
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