(Updated 10:55 p.m.) BG women down EMU, 71-57; Rogers goes over 1,000 points (1-23-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 22:13
BG's Jill Stein (40) takes a shot on Eastern Michigan's Desyree Thomas (11). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Called “crafty” both on and off the floor, by her coach, Alexis Rogers reached the 1,000-point plateau Thursday night in Bowling Green’s 71-57 win over Eastern Michigan at the Stroh Center.  PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘There are times when I am not in my office, she will sit at my desk,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said about Rogers. “She got into my office, sat in my chair, and saw about five of my post-it notes of stuff that I wanted to run in particular for her, and a note to text her mother.’’
‘‘Roos tried to hide it from me, but I knew it was coming up,’’ Rogers said. ‘‘Roos likes to call secret meetings in her office, and she has things written down behind her desk. ... I always hover over her desk and see what I can read. I saw it written down.
‘‘It’s the battle of the sneaky people when it comes to us, and you can ask her — I always win, you can’t get anything past me.’’
Rogers started her college career at Duke, but transferred to Bowling Green after one season. She sat out the 2010--11 season per NCAA transfer rules, and now has started 83 games for the Falcons.
‘‘Her name will always be etched in the record book. Her name will continue to climb (on the scoring list),’’ Roos said. ‘‘She a 1,000-point scorer in three seasons, and that’s tough to do.
‘‘It just shows what kind of player she is, and how smart of a player she is,’’ Roos added.
Rogers is the 26th women’s player to reach 1,000 points at Bowling Green.
‘‘There are a lot of people from BG ... who have scored 1,000 points,’’ Rogers said. ‘‘I’m honored to be able to be in the same category as some of the females that have scored 1,000 points in this program.
‘You have to thank your teammates, because you can’t do anything without them,’’ Rogers continued. ‘‘It’s not a one-man show.’’
Rogers reached the milestone on a layup with 7:08 remaining in the game. She finished with 24 points, and now has 1,002 for her Falcons’ career.
After a close first half, the Falcons started the second half on a 15-0 run to take control of the game. Rogers scored the first five points of the run and had seven of the 15 points.
‘‘We executed a little bit better than we did in the first half,’’ Rogers said. ‘‘We didn’t draw up any special plays; everything we ran was in our playbook already. We just executed to a finish this time.’’
Roos said the Falcons set better screens in the second half, which helped the offensive efficiency.
In addition to the good offensive start to the second half, the Falcons played well defensively as EMU was 0-of-8 from the field during BG’s 15-0 run. The scoring drought did not allow the Eagles to set up the full-court pressure, which enabled the Falcons to run better offense.
The Falcons led by as many as 25 points in the second half, and were still up 22 with 5:30 to play in the game before the Eagles closed the game on a 14-6 run.
Wednesday’s victory came after the Falcons were unable to hold an 11-point lead in the final minutes of regulation at Central Michigan last Saturday as the Chippewas rallied for a 82-79 overtime win.
‘‘When you play basketball, you learn to have a really short-term memory,’’ Rogers said. ‘‘We talked about the (CMU) game, we learned from it, we carried some of our learning points, especially with the presses, into this game. ... There wasn’t much of a carry over.’’
In addition to Rogers’ 24 points, Deborah Hoekstra came off the bench to score 16 points, and Jillian Halfhill scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. BG’s Jill Stein had a game-high 11 rebounds.
‘‘I thought it was a really good team effort from start to finish,’’ Roos said. ‘‘We did a good job of playing for 40 minutes; that was a key.’’
NOTES: BG is 15-3 overall and 5-1 in the Mid-American Conference while EMU is 12-5, 2-4 ... EMU scored 19 points off BG’s 15 turnovers ... The Falcons scored 28 points in the paint ... The Falcons were 22-of-26 from the free-throw line as Rogers was 9-of-9 ... BG held a 43-31 rebounding edge ... BG’s Leah Bolton played the final two minutes of the game. It’s only the second time Bolton has played this season ... Bolton has been battling a knee injury ... Bowling Green hosts Northern Illinois Sunday with tipoff set for 2:07 p.m.
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