|BGSU noter: Loss to Drexel closes out career for four seniors (3-29-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 29 March 2013 00:10|
A 50-47 loss to Drexel in the third-round of the WNIT tournament Thursday night, ended the college basketball careers for four members of Bowling Green State University’s women’s team.
Chrissy Steffen, Allison Papenfuss and Simone Eil played four years for the Falcons and Danielle Havel transferred to BGSU and played three years after starting her career at DePaul.
The senior class finished with 103 victories, tied for sixth-most in school history. The Falcons were 24-11 this season.
‘‘It’s bittersweet. I enjoyed the four years I had here,’’ Steffen said.
Steffen said she would remember, ‘‘the teammates I had, the coaches, the fans, everyone, the family. I’ll never forget them.’’
‘‘The seniors are awesome, I’m really going to miss them,’’ said Miriam Justinger, who will be a sophomore next season. ‘‘They were great role models for me and I appreciate everything that they have done throughout the season.’’
CROWD: The game drew 1,571 fans and the Falcons averaged 1,210 fans for the three home WNIT games.
‘‘To have a crowd like that for my last game, I really couldn’t ask for anything more,’’ Steffen said.
Justinger said the crowd was BG’s sixth-man.
‘‘They kept us going when we needed it and helped us when we were down to get us going again. They were great throughout the tournament,’’ Justinger said.
STEFFEN: Steffen finished her career with 1,245 points, 16th on BG’s all-time scoring list.
Steffen also finished fourth on the 3-point career list with 184 triples.
ROGERS: Alexis Rogers is on pace to become BG’s next 1,000-point scorer.
Rogers starts her final season with 750 career points.
STEIN: BG’s Jill Stein played another strong game off the bench against Drexel.
She finished with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
In six postseason games, three in the Mid-American Conference and three in the WNIT, Stein scored 63 points and had 36 rebounds.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Falcons return seven of the 11 players who dressed for the WNIT games.
In addition Jasmine Matthews should be fully recovered from the stress fracture in her leg and Erica Donovan, a transfer from North Carolina State, will be eligible after sitting out this season.
There are also three freshmen recruits coming into the program.
For Justinger, she already is thinking about next season.
‘‘I definitely have to get stronger,’’ she said, ‘‘I’m just going to get in the gym every day, as much as I can, and shoot until my arm falls off.’’
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