(updated 6:30 p.m.) BG women roll past UMass, 86-46 (12-19-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 December 2013 17:07
BG's Jillian Halfhill (right) takes a shot on UMass' Nola Henry (left). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It’s been a while since the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team has played a game.
In fact, Bowling Green had the head football coach leave to take a similar job at Wake Forest, and hired a new coach in fewer days than the time between games for the Falcon women.  PHOTO GALLERY
However, the layoff didn’t hurt the Falcons who rolled past UMass, 86-46, Thursday afternoon in the Stroh Center. The game was postponed from Sunday because of inclement weather.
‘‘We haven’t played in 11 days ... There were a lot of moving pieces going on,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘They had to get permission from the president’s office to play during exams. We had to get permission from professors to get four exams moved for our kids.
‘‘I was really pleased with our effort,’’ she added. ‘‘I was concerned about the rust. I was concerned with us being in the middle of exams, and how we would be focused.’’
The Falcons played well at both ends of the floor. Eight of the nine players who dressed for the game scored, including four players in double figures. BG held a 46-30 rebounding edge, and had assists on 19 of its 28 baskets. In addition, BG’s four players off the bench combined for 40 points.
‘‘We have a lot of people stepping up. With Erica (Donovan) being able to play, and Deb (Hoekstra) has really stepped up the last couple of games,’’ said BG fifth-year senior Alexis Rogers. ‘‘It makes the scoring more even, but it always makes you have more open shots. I feel like I’ve never been open like I am.
‘‘I don’t have a defender right in my face because they have to respect the outside shooter,’’ she continued. ‘‘It gives me the opportunity to score. It gives the opportunity for the extra pass to always be there. We have always been a team that enjoys making that extra pass. People pride themselves on assists just like they pride themselves on scoring.
‘‘I think we have always played like this, but maybe the shots weren’t falling.’’
Hoekstra came off the bench to match her career-high with 19 points, including going 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, and she had a team-high three steals. Donovan added 18 points and six rebounds while Rogers had 16 points and eight rebounds. Jasmine Matthews came off the bench to score 10 points.
Bowling Green also played well defensively, as UMass shot only 27.5 percent from the field. Over its last three games, UMass was averaging 73 points per game.
‘‘They didn’t have too many sets for us to go through,’’ Rogers said about UMass. ‘‘The sets we did go through, they ran. We knew them by heart, almost as well as the other team did ... We were well-prepared today.’’
The Falcons now play Sunday at Purdue. Tipoff is at noon.
NOTES: BG is now 9-1 and UMass is 3-8 ... The Falcons had five players with three or more assists ... BG was 19-of-22 from the free-throw line (86.4 percent) ... The most minutes played by a Falcon was 27 by Hoekstra ...  BG’s Kennedy Kirkpatrick (hip) and Leah Bolton (knee) are still day-to-day.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:33

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