MAC tournament semifinals
Ball State vs. Bowling Green
■ Time: Noon
■ Records: Ball State is 17-15, 9-9 MAC; BGSU is 27-3, 17-1 MAC
■ TV: BCSN
■ Radio: 88.1
■ Series: BGSU leads 44-14
■ Notes: The Falcons begin their pursuit of the program’s 11th MAC tournament title, and a berth in the NCAA tournament, when they face the Cardinals at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. … BG is the tournament’s top seed after winning its eighth MAC regular-season title in 10 years and 14th regular-season title overall. … Ball State, the tournament’s fifth seed, has beaten Kent State 73-38, Northern Illinois 61-47, and Buffalo 74-60 to reach this point. … The Cardinals are led by sophomore Nathalie Fontaine, an All-MAC second team pick who averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and senior Brandy Woody, an honorable mention all-league choice who averaged 9.9 points and 3.8 assists per contest. … The Falcons beat BSU 72-61 in Muncie, Ind., on Jan. 15, BG’s fifth straight win in this series. … Bowling Green comes into the tourney on a 13-game winning streak. … BG’s 27 wins are tied for the fifth-most in program history. … Of the Falcons’ 27 wins, 22 have come by double digits.
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