|(Updated) BGSU to host SMU in WNIT (3-19-13)|
|Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Monday, 18 March 2013 21:59|
For the ninth straight season, the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team has earned a national postseason tournament bid.
The Falcons, 22-10, will host SMU, 21-9, in the first round of the postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament Thursday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
“We are very happy to participate in the WNIT, and to still be playing basketball at this time of the year,” said BG head coach Jennifer Roos. “This is the ninth consecutive season in which BGSU has advanced to national postseason play, and we couldn’t be more proud of that fact.
“Additionally, we are extremely fortunate to be playing a home game. Playing at the Stroh Center is second to none, and I want to thank our loyal fans and community members, along with our administration, for helping to make this happen,’’ Roos continued. ‘‘We will have 48 hours to prepare for an extremely talented team who averages nearly 70 points per game. It should be entertaining for our fans to see the Conference USA regular-season champion and the Conference USA player of the year play at the Stroh Center on Thursday.”
Thursday’s game is the first-ever meeting between the Falcons and Mustangs in women’s basketball.
The Falcons received an at-large bid after finishing second in the Mid-American Conference East at 11-5.
The Mustangs earned the automatic bid after winning the Conference USA regular-season title with a 12-4 record. SMU was upset by eighth-seeded UCF in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, 70-66, UCF also defeated Bowling Green, 59-56, in the Stroh Center in early January.
SMU junior guard Keena Mays was the C-USA player of the year. Mays, 5-foot-7, averaged 18.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. A transfer from Kansas, Mays played in 22 of SMU’s 30 games this season.
Also for SMU, Alisha Filmore, a 5-7 senior, is averaging 12.2 points per game and Akil Simpson, a 6-0 junior, is averaging 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
This season marked the fifth time the Falcons have advanced to the Postseason WNIT, and the fourth trip in the last six years.
BG is 2-4 in the WNIT, including a 72-71 loss to VCU last season.
The BG-SMU winner plays the Akron-Duquesne winner in the second round of the tournament, on a date and at a site to be determined. The Dukes host the Zips in first-round action on Thursday.
The MAC had five teams selected for the WNIT, tied for the most of any conference. The Atlantic 10 Conference and Conference USA also had five teams chosen.
In addition to BGSU and Akron, the MAC is represented by Ball State, Miami and Toledo.
The Falcons’ nine consecutive seasons with a national postseason appearance are a MAC record.
Tickets for Thursday’s game can be obtained through the BGSU Athletic Ticket Office in the Stroh Center, either by phone (877-BGSU TICKET), or in person during business hours (8:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.).
Additionally, 300 BGSU students will gain free admission to the game, courtesy of the BGSU Office of Student Affairs. Details (time and location) will be available today here at BGSUFalcons.com.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 09:44|
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