(updated 6:20 a.m.) BG women rally to down Ohio, 78-62 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 21:50
Ohio’s Quiera Lampkins is surrounded by BG’s Jill Stein (40), Jillian Halfhill (11), and Miriam Justinger. (Photo: Louis Fish/The Athens Messenger)
ATHENS — Bowling Green took Ohio’s best shot, and came out swinging in the second half on the way to a 78-62 victory in a Mid-American Conference women’s game Thursday.
Ohio trailed by 10 at one point in the first half, but fought back to take a 35-31 lead into the break.
‘‘They played extremely well in the first half,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said about the Bobcats. ‘‘We gave up the most points, and the highest field-goal percentage to date.
‘‘Even though we shot over 50 percent, we found ourselves down four at the half,’’ she added.
Ohio penetrated to the basket, and made  four 3-pointers to key its first-half success.
‘‘There were a lot of things we talked about at halftime,’’ Roos said, including rebounding and free throws.
BG held a 24-9 edge on the boards in the second half, with Jill Stein pulling down 10 rebounds, and was 14-of-16 from the line.
The Bobcats led 58-51 with 9:20 remaining in the game, but the Falcons closed things out on a 27-4 run to win going away.
‘‘We threw in a couple of new plays in the huddle. Our team, as I have said, is extremely smart, and we executed down the stretch,’’ Roos said about the late run. ‘‘We got to the foul line, and we were extremely unselfish with the ball.
‘‘The 24-7 run is really a strong performance by our kids’ it’s about executing really well,’’ Roos added.
Ohio’s Lexie Baldwin scored on a layup with 7:04 remaining in the game to give the Bobcats a 60-58 lead. It was Ohio’s last field goal of the game.
The game was tied at 60 when Alexis Rogers hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 6:51 to play to put the Falcons ahead for good.
In the 27-4 run, Deborah Hoekstra scored nine points for the Falcons, Rogers had seven, and Stein had six. BG was 13-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final 9:20.
BG’s leaders were: Rogers, 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists; Jillian Halfhill, 16 points, four rebounds; Hoekstra, 14 points, five rebounds; Stein, 12 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, three assists; and Miriam Justinger, 10 points, four assists.
Roos was also pleased with the rebounding effort, especially on the defensive boards. Of Stein’s 18 rebounds, 16 came at the defensive end.
The Falcons play at Toledo Sunday at 12:07 p.m.
‘‘It’s going to come down to the wire. They know us so well; we know them so well,’’ Roos said about the BG-UT rivalry.
‘‘Bowling Green and Toledo are the two women’s programs in this conference that draw the most fans,’’ she continued. ‘‘It’s a tough environment to play in.’’
NOTES: BG is 17-3 overall and 7-1 in the MAC ... Ohio is 8-11, 3-5 ... Stein also had three assists and three blocked shots ... Four players logged at least 35 minutes for the Falcons, with Justinger, Stein and Halfhill each playing 39, including all 20 minutes of the second half ... BG was 23-of-25 from the free-throw line ... The Falcons held a 37-20 rebounding edge.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:34

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