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Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:17
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BGSU women's basketball head coach Jennifer Roos is seen Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as she takes questions from members of the media inside the Schmidthorst Pavilion at BGSU's Stroh Center in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
With a bye into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, the Bowling Green Falcon women's basketball team won't know their opponent until the day before the game.
The Falcons, 27-3 overall and 17-1 in the MAC regular season, are the No. 1 seed for the tournament. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Second- and third-round games today and Thursday, will determine BG's opposition Friday at noon in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
Bowling Green will face either Ball State, Northern Illinois or No. 4 seed Buffalo. The Falcons enter the MAC tournament on a 13-game winning streak.
''It is a challenge, indeed,'' BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''We'll watch film on each opponent and try to do packages in practice that prepare us for each one.''
She said Tuesday's practice would be a conditioning session, and a shooting practice while going over both zone and man offenses and defenses.
''As players, we have to go back to being students of the game and recalling,'' said BG senior Alexis Rogers. ''I tell my second-graders all the time, recalling the information we have already gone through.
''It's reviewing what we have already studied, and been tested on when we played that team,'' Rogers continued. ''We are going to have to remember player tendencies, what they do, and plays ... We're just going to have to refresh, and take it in quickly, remember and  recall things.''
Roos is glad for the additional day off as the team is battling some bumps and bruises, and illnesses.
''Everybody will be back at practice (Tuesday) healthy, which is a good sign,'' Roos said.
While BG's opponent on Friday will have played at least one game at Quicken Loans Arena, the Falcons will not be on the floor until one hour before the game.
''We have got to be prepared for everything and anything, and that's difficult to do in such a short period of time,'' Roos said.
The Falcons are led by first-team All-MAC picks Rogers, 14.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, and fellow senior Jillian Halfhill, 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Redshirt sophomore, Erica Donovan was an honorable mention all-conference selection and she averages 10.6 points, and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Jill Stein is BG's third senior, and she is averaging 6.8 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game.
''We're excited to be the No 1 seed. It's a special moment, but we have a lot to build on and a lot to work on, and hopefully a whole lot of season left,'' Rogers said.
This season, the Falcons have allowed only 56.0 points per game, and BG has permitted the opponents to shoot only 36.6 percent from the field.
In MAC games, Bowling Green gave up just 55.4 ppg, as opponents shot just 36.4 percent from the floor in the 18 games.
The Falcons are also going into the tournament ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2009.
"It's cool, it's a whole different feeling, it's awesome,'' Halfhill said about being ranked in the Top 25.
Also several of the pundits who look at the NCAA tournament, have the Falcons making the field.
''I have looked at it a lot in the last couple of weeks,'' Rogers said about the bracketology of the tournament. ''They change our ranking a lot, and our region is changed every day.''
After Saturday's win, BG was projected to play at Duke, where Rogers started her college career. The latest breakdown has the Falcons playing Dayton in Toledo.
 

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