|BG women face long road (03-08-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 08 March 2013 09:32|
It's going to be a long road for the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team in its quest for the Mid-American Conference tournament championship.
As the No. 5 seed for the MAC tournament, the Falcons would have to win five games in eight days to claim the title.
The journey starts Saturday in the Stroh Center when BG faces No. 12 seed Kent State. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.
The Falcons are coming off a 51-43 victory over the Golden Flashes on Wednesday.
''I'm really happy that the game is at home,'' BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''We don't have to travel and that makes a big difference to play in front of a home crowd. That will help us throughout that game.''
With the win over Kent State on Wednesday, the Falcons are 20-9 overall and finished 11-5 in the MAC. It's the 10th straight season BG has won at least 20 games and reached double-digits in MAC victories.
''We're playing banged up,'' Roos said. ''It's a testament to how well our kids have played late in the season and how well they are executing. We are getting contributions from our starters and our bench.''
TICKETS: Tickets are $1 for Saturday's game.
Season-ticket holders can claim their seats for Saturday's game for $1, and all other tickets are $1 as well.
BGSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID, and Anderson Club season-ticket holders also will be admitted to the game for free. Additional Anderson Club tickets will be $5 apiece.
All tickets can be picked up at the Stroh Center Ticket Office during business hours today or on game day.
100: BG's senior class has helped the Falcons go 99-28 overall in their four years. The seniors are looking to become the eighth group in school history, and seventh in a row, to reach 100 wins for their careers.
BALANCE: A total of Falcons - every player who has seen action in more than one game this season - have scored in double figures at least once.
Also nine of those 11 players have hit double digits more than once and no fewer than 10 different players have led BGSU in scoring in at least one game this season.
LOW SCORING: BG has won three straight games, allowing only 46.0 points per game in the streak.
For the season, the Falcons have held opponents to fewer than 50 points in 12 occasions, which matches the school record set by the 1973-74 team.
RARE: The Falcons are participating in the first round of the league tourney for the first time since 2004.
The tourney format that awarded byes was adopted prior to the 1999-2000 season, and BG played first-round games each year from 2000 to 2004. BG then earned byes in eight consecutive years from 2005-12.
BG is 3-2 in first-round games.
SUCCESS: BGSU enters Saturday's game with a record of 42-17 in the MAC tournament.
The Falcons have won a league-high 11 MAC tournament titles, and BGSU has the highest winning percentage (71.2 percent) of any MAC team in league tourney games.
NEXT: The BG-Kent winner plays the Western Michigan-Eastern Michigan winner in the second round of the MAC tournament on Wednesday in Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at noon. - CARLE
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