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June 4, 2014

Penny chooses Ball State

Logansport forward to play college ball close to home

Just like her older sister did, Logansport’s Nakeya Penny will play basketball at the Division-I level.

Penny verbally committed to play at Ball State University last Friday.

“They seemed to like me pretty well when I visited,” she said.

Penny was receiving interest from other mid-major and high-major schools in the region but when Ball State offered last week she had a quick response.

“I wanted to stay close to home and it’s a great school to play at and I’ll fit in there,” she said.

The 5-foot-10 junior forward averaged 18.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for a Berries squad that went 24-3 and won North Central Conference, sectional and regional titles this past season. She scored 506 points on the season and formed a dynamic 1-2 punch with Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings.

Penny has scored 1,229 career points entering her senior season and is on pace to become the third Penny sibling to score 1,500 points in a Berry uniform.

Her older sister Jasmine is set to graduate from DePaul soon and was named to the All-Big East first team this past season for the Lady Blue Demons. Her older brother Antonio played his freshman year of basketball at Cochise College, a junior college in Arizona, and is currently considering some Division-II offers.

The Cardinals went 18-17 this past season including 9-9 in the Mid-American Conference under second-year coach Brady Sallee.

They made it to the MAC Tournament championship game with a 73-55 win over 25th-ranked Bowling Green. The Cardinals then lost to No. 3 seed Akron 79-68 in the title game.

They were extended an at-large invitation to play in the 64-team Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Cardinals’ WNIT run was cut short after Ball State suffered a close 69-65 loss at Northwestern on March 20.

“I like [Sallee]. I like the whole coaching staff,” Penny said. “They’re nice and fun to be around.”

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