BG's Roos has had plenty to do (06-11-12)
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Monday, 11 June 2012 08:40
Jennifer Roos has had plenty to do since taking over as Bowling Green's head women's basketball coach on April 17.
|BG’s Jennifer Roos on the sidelines with her team during a game last season (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
In the last two months, Roos, who spent the previous 11 years on Curt Miller's staff at BG, has been putting together a coaching staff, recruiting for both next season and the 2013-14 year, and working out the non-league schedule for the upcoming season.
In addition, Roos has had to deal with three players transferring away from the program and one player currently on suspension, taking the current roster down to 11 players.
"It has been a roller coaster spring for the program and the community," Roos said.
Roos said she would add a player or players for next season, "if I could find someone to say yes" adding "I am recruiting anyone who can fit the system, has the grades, and has the character."
She said recruits can be added until classes begin in August.
"Recruiting, as I was mentored by Curt, is the lifeline of your program; so recruiting is 365 days a year," Roos said.
Heading the list of returnees are: first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection Alexis Rogers, a redshirt junior; seniors Chrissy Steffen, Danielle Havel, Allison Papenfuss, and Simone Eli; junior Jillian Halfhill, and sophomore Jasmine Matthews, who was selected to the MAC all-freshman team last season.
Rounding out the current roster are junior Jill Stein, sophomore Deborah Hoekstra and incoming freshmen Bailey Cairnduff and Miriam Justinger.
Point-guard is the most unsettled position on the team after the graduation of starter Jessica Slagle and the transfers of Logan Pastor and Noelle Yoder.
"It's the thinnest position on our roster," Roos said. "Ideally, we would love to have multiple point guards on the team, because it is a position that we ask a lot of and it's the most tiring position, in my opinion ... There are not a lot of teams in the country that have one true point-guard on the team."
Halfhill is the only player on the team with college point-guard experience.
"Jillian Halfhill will be an extremely capable starter for us at the position. She finished the year very strong," Roos said.
Halfhill played in all 31 games for the Falcons last season, making 10 starts. She finished the season averaging 13.0 minutes, 4.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
In the final regular-season game, with the Falcons needing a win to take the outright MAC title, Halfhill scored 17 points and added three rebounds and three assists.
The backup will be a combo guard, Roos said, with the most likely candidate being Matthews.
Even with 11 players and a question mark at point-guard, the expectations are still high for the Falcons.
BG has captured eight straight MAC divisional crowns, earning the league's outright regular-season title in seven of those eight years. BG has also won have won five MAC tournament crowns and made eight consecutive national postseason appearances during that time. In her first 11 seasons with the program, Roos has helped the Falcons to an overall record of 258-92 and a MAC mark of 135-41.
"I would expect that program to continue to compete for a (MAC) championship and be one of the better programs in the conference," said Greg Christopher, BG's athletics director. "Clearly there is a high-bar for women's basketball. I feel very good about where that program is."
Christopher said now the Falcons need to move to the next level.
"Can we move this program from being among the best in the MAC to Gonzaga, Middle Tennessee State, Green Bay?" he said. "(They are) programs that have separated themselves to when you get in the (NCAA tournament selection) committee room in March, they stay on the board for at-large bid conversation."
He added that Bowling Green is ''not far'' from being in that discussion.
NOTES: Roos is still looking to add a third assistant coach ... If the Falcons do not find another player for the 2012-13 season, Roos could have as many as eight scholarships to use for the 2013-14 season ... The Falcons need one game to complete the 2012-13 schedule ... While men's basketball is allowed to have practices with coaches present during the summer, that is not the case for women's basketball ... Women's players can work with a strength coach, trainer and student-athlete services in the summer ... Roos said three players are enrolled in the current summer school session and the entire team will be taking classes in the second session.