(Updated: 11:26 p.m.) Big second half lifts BG women over WMU (02-05-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 22:31
BG's Jillian Halfhill (11) leaps for the shot while defended by Western Michigan's Miracle Woods (24). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green’s women’s basketball team has had its share of troubles in recent games against Western Michigan.
The Falcons split decisions in the teams’ two meetings last season, largely in part to BG’s inability to shoot consistently inside.
Those inconsistencies continued in a Mid-American Conference matchup Wednesday night.  PHOTO GALLERY
But the Falcons put together an impressive second-half stretch resulting in a 72-50 win over the Broncos in the Stroh Center.
BG is 19-3 overall and 9-1 in the MAC, while WMU is 9-12, 5-5.
After leading 32-30 at the break, BG used a 25-4 run over first 12:03 of the second half to extend its lead to 57-34.
“We made it a point of emphasis to come out and play that first four minutes strong,” BG coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘Today they came out with some extra in that first four minutes.
“We were able to hold them defensively, which we weren’t able to do in the first half.”
BG rattled off 11 straight points in the first 2:53 of the second half, which included threes by Alexis Rogers, Erica Donovan and Jillian Halfhill.
Halfhill finished with a game-high 22 points, one shy of her career high, and she was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The Falcons opened the second half 4-for-5 from three.
“We did a good job of executing to get different 3-point looks for a lot of different players on the team,” Roos said.
“Like I always say, ‘Shooting is contagious,’” Halfhill said. “When somebody is making a three, everyone is going to make them. When someone starts out shooting well, our whole team feels confident. That’s a huge key for us.”
Rogers finished with 16 points and Donovan added 12 as five different Falcons connected from three.
Halfhill’s 3-point shooting also played a huge role in the first half as BG struggled inside, going just 5-of-16 from 2-point territory.
“Western Michigan has been our kryptonite and they showed up and played extremely hard,” Roos said.
“I told them I’m not going to hide the fact that they’re making layups and we’re missing layups. ... This was going to be, and still will be, a film session of high-light, low-lights of some of our missed shots in that first half,” she said.
But Halfhill’s 4-of-6 effort from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes kept the Falcons rolling, setting up the big second-half run.
“Jillian was in a zone. Flat-out she was in a zone and it looked good every time she released it,” Roos said. “We tried to call her number a handful of times to get her some additional shots. I did think she got a little bit tired, but when she was feeling it we could not call her number enough.”
BG’s defense was also lackluster at times in the first half.
The Falcons allowed seven offensive rebounds and 20 points in the paint in the first half, where WMU post Miracle Woods scored 12 of her 14 points.
“They’re post players in (Marquisha) Harris and Woods are talented offensively,” Roos said. “They muscled us inside without fouling and made things difficult for us.
“We were playing defense 60-70 seconds. That’s a long time for us,” she added. “It’s very difficult no matter who you play, but it’s even more difficult when you’re playing against a post group like Harris and Woods in particular.”
BG held the Broncos to just six points in the paint in the second half and out-rebounded them 24-14 in the final 20 minutes.
“Our biggest key was to eliminate their second-chance points,” Halfhill said. “When they got second-chance points is when they scored in the paint.”
NOTES: Rogers scored 14 points in the second half ... BG finished 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from three ... It is BG’s 16th double-digit win of the season ... All nine of BG’s home wins have been by double-digits ... WMU was just 2-for-14 (14.3 percent) from three ... BG extended its winning streak to five games ... WMU entered the game scoring 67.8 points per game ... BG hosts Miami Sunday at 2 p.m.
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