|Bench plays key role as Falcons hold on for win over Broncos (3-13-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 13 March 2013 21:14|
CLEVELAND — Jennifer Roos hasn’t been afraid to use her bench through the first 30 games of the season.
And those bench players have played key roles for the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team which was 21-9 going into Wednesday’s second-round game in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
The bench came to the forefront again, furnishing 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot with only one turnover as the Falcons held on to slip past Western Michigan, 55-53.
‘‘We played 10 people today and we’re going to continue to play 10. That’s what I believe in,’’ Roos said.’’ If we want to make a run at this (a MAC title) we need to stay fresh.
‘‘I wanted everybody to get their feet wet today and have significant minutes when we had the lead in the first half and in crunch time,’’ Roos said. ‘‘I think that’s going to pay dividends in the next game.’’
BG’s reserves played 71 minutes with Jill Stein getting 23 minutes and Bailey Cairnduff playing 22 minutes.
Cairnduff was a spark in the first half, making 2-of-3 3-pointers and going 2-of-2 from the free-throw line for eight points. She also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Stein was a difference maker in the second half scoring eight of her 11 points while also contributing three rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.
She scored eight of BG’s last 16 points in the game, all coming in the final nine minutes of play.
Stein also helped force a key turnover in the final five seconds of the game, coming out beyond the top of the key to double-team WMU’s Aurielle Anderson.
FRESHMEN: Roos was pleased with the contributions of BG’s two freshmen — Cairnduff and Miriam Justinger — in their first game in Quicken Loans Arena.
In addition to Cairnduff’s eight points, Justinger scored six key points in a span of 44 seconds in the second half. Justinger also had two rebounds and two assists.
‘‘That’s pretty good for two freshmen who haven’t been on this court before and still have some jitters; I’ll take that,’’ Roos said.
ROGERS: Alexis Rogers led the Falcons with 11 points and nine rebounds.
WMU: The Broncos, who finish 11-20 in Shane Clipfell’s first year as head coach, had four players score in double figures.
Marquisha Harris had 12 points and nine rebounds; Miracle Woods had 12 points and eight rebounds; Anderson scored 12 points and added four assists; and Corie Buchanan scored 10 points.
NEXT: Bowling Green, the No. 5 seed, plays Central Michigan, the No. 4 seed, Thursday at noon in a third-round tournament game. The Chippewas are 18-11 after playing a tough non-conference schedule.
In the only meeting this season between the two teams, Bowling Green posted an 84-59 victory on Feb. 3 in the Stroh Center. Chrissy Steffen led the Falcons with 19 points, Cairnduff and Jillian Halfhill each had 14 points and Rogers scored 13 points.
Last season, the Falcons beat CMU in Mount Pleasant, Mich., 77-72, but the Chippewas eliminated the Falcons from the MAC tournament, 69-66.
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