Sparked by 14 3-pointers, Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team rolled past Tiffin University, 91-48 Saturday in an exhibition game at the Stroh Center.
|Tiffin's Marrisa Liburdi (left) guards Bowling Green's Alexis Rogers (right) as she handles the ball during their game Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Falcons were 14-of-26 from the 3-point arc, with eight different players making at least one triple. Erica Donovan and Deborah Hoekstra each made three 3-pointers for the Falcons.
‘‘It wasn’t something that was necessarily in our game plan,’’ BG senior Jill Stein said about the 3-point shooting. ‘‘We wanted to come out aggressively, and if the shots were open we wanted to take them. We weren’t looking to pass up anything at all.
‘‘Good shooting is contagious. Once we got going, it just came into the flow, and became a big part of the game plan,’’ Stein continued. ‘‘We shot really, really well today so that was encouraging.’’
Donovan, seeing her first action after sitting out last season as a transfer student, scored a game-high 17 points. She added seven rebounds.
Donovan scored eight of BG’s first 12 points in the game, including two threes, as the Falcons jumped on top 12-2. Bowling Green was up 40-26 at the half.
‘‘Erica Donovan is great; she’s a competitor,’’ Stein said. ‘‘I think she is going to be a tremendous threat for us, because she is so versatile.
‘‘She can become huge for us, especially as she becomes more comfortable, and we all become comfortable playing with her,’’ Stein added. ‘‘She is going to be awesome for us.’’
Alexis Rogers and Katrina Salinas each added 11 points, and Stein had 10 rebounds and nine points. Rogers had a game-high six assists. Freshman Abby Siefker came off the bench and contributed seven points and nine rebounds.
The Falcons scored 51 points in the second half, making 21-of-32 shots (65.6 percent) from the field.
For the game, Bowling Green was able to overcome 24 fouls, by shooting 50.8 percent from the field, and turning the ball over only eight times.
‘‘We were not nearly perfect ... We have some growing to do,’’ Stein said.
BG head coach Jennifer Roos said transition points were the biggest difference in the game. The Falcons scored 30 fast-break points and did not give up a fast-break point.
‘‘We were able to get out and run a lot more in the second half,’’ Roos said, as 21 of BG’s second-half points came via the fast-break.
BG’s second-year head coach is also hoping her team can start rebounding better. Tiffin held a 42-37 rebounding edge.
‘‘To be out-rebounded by a team that is not as tall as we are, it’s difficult,’’ Roos said. ‘‘We’ll play against more taller opponents, so we need to improve upon that.’’
NOTES: The Falcons open the regular season Friday against Michigan in the Iona Tipoff Tournament. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ... All 11 Falcons who played in the game scored ... Freshman Leah Bolton remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery ... Jasmine Matthews, who played in only 13 of BG
BGSU 91, TIFFIN 48
Fraley, 1-2—4; Adams. 1-0—2; Nauman, 3-0—6; Storlie, 0-1—1; Mast, 0-3-1—10; McKay, 0-0—0; Miller, 2-4—8; Misko, 2-2—6; Liburdi, 0-0—0; Byrd, 0-0—0; Patton, 1-2—4; Farr, 2-3—7. TOTALS: 12-3-15—48.
Justinger, 0-2-2—8; Rogers, 4-1-0—11; Stein, 4-1—9; Halfhill, 1-1-1—6; Donovan, 4-3-0—17; Matthews, 0-1-0—3; Hoekstra, 0-3-0—9; Konieczki, 1-1—3; Salinas, 2-2-1—11; Kirkpatrick, 1-1-2—7; Siefker, 2-3—7. Totals: 19-14-11—91.
Halftime score: BGSU, 40-26.