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Ball State Cardinals vs. Bowling Green Falcons final score: Cards pull away in second half, win MAC opener 62-50

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Ball State improves to 1-0 in MAC play.

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The Ball State Cardinals (5-7, 1-0 MAC) were able to pull away from the Bowling Green Falcons (7-5, 0-1 MAC) on Saturday afternoon, cruising to 62-50 victory.

The Cards outperformed Bowling Green in nearly every single offensive category, shooting 46 percent from the field compared to the Falcons mere 32 percent. Ball State also tripled BGSU's assist total, winning that battle 21-6.

Nathalie Fontaine and Jill Morrison lead Ball State's balanced attack with 12 points a piece.

The Cards led by as many as 15 in the first half, but a late 11-4 Bowling Green run cut the Cardinal lead down to 34-26 at the break. Bowling Green came roaring out of the break, and after a Rachel Konieczki basket a minute into the second half, Ball State's lead was just one.

After trading baskets back and forth for a few minutes, the Cardinals pulled away, using a 19-4 run over the course of the next ten minutes to put the game on ice. The Falcons would add the game's final six points, but the comeback back effort was too little, too late.

Ball State has Miami coming into Muncie when they return to play on Wednesday, while Bowling Green looks to even-up their MAC record when the Falcons travel to Akron on the same night.