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(updated 9:25 a.m.) BG women beat St. Francis, 81-66 (12-29-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 29 December 2013 17:29
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BG's Jill Stein (40) and Saint Francis's Allison Thompson (24) reach for the rebound. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The start was very impressive. The finish not so much.
Still, the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team had more than enough to dominate St. Francis (Pa.) 81-66 Sunday afternoon in the Stroh Center.
‘‘Our first half was incredible. We just have to take that and play the full 40 minutes,’’ said BG’s Erica Donovan. ‘‘When we’re up by 20, 40, we can’t bring our momentum down; that’s when teams start to come back.’’ PHOTO GALLERY
The Falcons scored the first 11 points of the game, and were never headed. BG led 51-19 with 3:10 left in the first half. St. Francis closed the first half on a 15-1 run.
‘‘I told our team to get out and go,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘We came out and made it a point to really shoot well.
‘‘The first 10 minutes was probably some of the best basketball we have played all season long,’’ she added.
St. Francis out-scored the Falcons, 32-29 in the second half, but Bowling Green still had enough of a lead to never really be in trouble.
‘‘They came in with a different intensity ... We didn’t stay composed. We didn’t play Bowling Green basketball, like we normally play,’’ Donovan said about the second half.
The Red Flash used a full-court trapping press, and a zone for about three-fourths of the game.
‘‘We had actually had prepped for them to play a lot of man, so our preparation for the zone wasn’t there,’’ Donovan said. ‘‘We couldn’t get past the zone, we couldn’t get past the trapping ... without turning the ball over.’’
Bowling Green had 21 turnovers, 11 in the second half.
‘‘They just threw a kind of scramble zone at us, which really slowed our tempo down ... They threw us a little bit of a curve,’’ Roos said. ‘‘It forced us into a lot of missed layups. We missed a lot of opportunities to get the ball inside, but the skip pass was wide open.
‘‘They finished much stronger at the end then we did,’’ Roos added.
The Falcons had five players score in double-figures with Donovan finishing with a career-high 22 points, and 10 rebounds. She scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the game.
Other leaders for BG were: Deborah Hoekstra, 16 points, five rebounds; Miriam Justinger, 12 points, and a career-high nine rebounds; Alexis Rogers, 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals; and Jillian Halfhill, 10 points.
BG opens Mid-American Conference play Saturday against Buffalo in the Stroh Center with tipoff at 2 p.m.
NOTES: BG is 10-2 overall and St. Francis is 2-9 ... It’s the seventh time in the last eight seasons, BG has had double-digit wins in the non-conference portion of the schedule ... The Falcons had nine players dressed on Sunday with all nine seeing action, and eight playing 19 minutes or more ... Eight of the nine scored at least two points ... Seven of the nine had at least one assist ... Both teams were cold from the 3-point arc in the second half, going a combined 3-for-26 ... Sparked by Hoekstra’s 16 points, BG’s bench produced 25 points ... BG held a 53-36 rebounding advantage.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 11:09
 

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