BG women's noter: Free throws make difference for Falcons (3-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 22:20
There is an air of confidence for the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team when the Falcons go to the free-throw line, especially late in the game.
That was especially true Saturday in Bowling Green’s 61-54 win over Duquesne in a second-round WNIT game.
The Falcons were 22-of-28 from the line (78.6 percent) against the Dukes, including going 10-of-13 in the final 3:28 of the game.
The Dukes were 5-of-11 from the line in the game.
‘‘Everybody stepped up really big. We made double of what they took,’’ BG’s Jill Stein said about the free-throw shooting.
For the game, Jillian Halfhill was 8-of-9, Miriam Justinger was 5-of-6 and Chrissy Steffen was 4-of-5 to lead the Falcons.
‘‘I knew we could come up with some plays where we could get some hand-check calls because they were going to be more aggressive,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘And then once we had that lead, they had to foul at the end.
“If we don’t make those foul shots it’s a different game.’’
For the season. Bowling Green is shooting 72.9 percent from the free-throw line with eight Falcons shooting 73.6 percent or better, including four players at 80 percent or better.
BALANCE: The Falcons had five players score eight or more points in the win over Duquesne.
Stein led the way with a career-high 16 points while Halfhill added 14. Alexis Rogers chipped in with nine points while Justinger and Steffen each had eight. Steffen also had a game-high four assists.
REBOUNDS: Duquesne held a 21-18 rebounding edge at the half, but Bowling Green out-rebounded the Dukes 21-14 in the second half.
Steffen led the Falcons with eight rebounds, six coming in the second half.
Rogers added seven rebounds while Danielle Havel and Allison Papenfuss each had six and Stein had five.
‘‘You are looking at 24 rebounds between our post players and that’s a fantastic number,’’ Roos said.
STEALS: Duquesne’s Jocelyn Floyd came into the game as the national leader in steals with 149.
While BG had 17 turnovers and the Dukes made 10 steals, Floyd did not have a steal.
Duquesne’s Vanessa Abel had five steals.
NEXT: Bowling Green (24-10) hosts Drexel (24-10) on Thursday with tipoff at 7 p.m. in the third-round of the WNIT.
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 March 2013 06:33

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