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Carle's Corner: BG women have elite program in MAC (03-13-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:31
Jack Carle
It all started to germinate and grow three decades ago when a very successful high school coach was picked to take over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball program.
Now, the Falcons are the elite program in the Mid-American Conference.
This is the 30th season since Fran Voll started his Bowling Green coaching career for the 1984-85 season.
Voll helped nurture the culture and set a standard of excellence that is now expected for the Falcon women.
''It's a level of tradition that has been carried on from one coaching staff to another coaching staff and so forth,'' current BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''There is a lot of high expectations involved in this program, and we talk about that in the recruiting process for players and coaches.''
There have only eight losing seasons for the Falcons in the past 30 years.
BG women face short prep time PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:17
BGSU women's basketball head coach Jennifer Roos is seen Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as she takes questions from members of the media inside the Schmidthorst Pavilion at BGSU's Stroh Center in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
With a bye into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, the Bowling Green Falcon women's basketball team won't know their opponent until the day before the game.
The Falcons, 27-3 overall and 17-1 in the MAC regular season, are the No. 1 seed for the tournament. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Second- and third-round games today and Thursday, will determine BG's opposition Friday at noon in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
Bowling Green will face either Ball State, Northern Illinois or No. 4 seed Buffalo. The Falcons enter the MAC tournament on a 13-game winning streak.
''It is a challenge, indeed,'' BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''We'll watch film on each opponent and try to do packages in practice that prepare us for each one.''
She said Tuesday's practice would be a conditioning session, and a shooting practice while going over both zone and man offenses and defenses.
''As players, we have to go back to being students of the game and recalling,'' said BG senior Alexis Rogers. ''I tell my second-graders all the time, recalling the information we have already gone through.
''It's reviewing what we have already studied, and been tested on when we played that team,'' Rogers continued. ''We are going to have to remember player tendencies, what they do, and plays ... We're just going to have to refresh, and take it in quickly, remember and  recall things.''
Roos is glad for the additional day off as the team is battling some bumps and bruises, and illnesses.
''Everybody will be back at practice (Tuesday) healthy, which is a good sign,'' Roos said.
Roos named MAC women's coach-of-the-year (3-11-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:19
Jennifer Roos
Bowling Green State University women’s basketball coach Jennifer Roos has been named the Mid-American Conference coach-of-the-year.
Roos and her staff have performed one of the finest coaching jobs in the region in 2013-14. The Falcons enter this week’s MAC Tournament with an overall record of 27-3, and BGSU finished conference play with a 17-1 record, winning the East Division and posting the best record in the league.
The Falcons were a perfect 13-0 at the Stroh Center during the regular season, and BGSU posted 14 victories away from home during the regular season. All three of BG’s regular-season losses came to teams ranked in the top-50 of the latest RPI rankings. VIDEO
BGSU is currently 26th in the nation in the most recent RPI rankings released by the NCAA, and the Falcons moved into the Associated Press top-25 rankings as well, earning the 25th spot in Monday’s (March 10) poll.
The Falcons went 24-11 overall and 11-5 in the MAC in the 2012-13 season, the first for Roos as a collegiate head coach.  This year’s team has surpassed the overall win total by three games, and the Brown and Orange topped last year’s MAC win total by six.  BGSU enters the MAC Tournament riding a 13-game win streak.
Roos assumed the head-coaching position on April 16, 2012, after 11 years as an assistant coach on the BG staff, the final eight as associate head coach. Last year, she guided the Falcons to the third round of the WNIT, with wins over SMU and Duquesne, before BG fell by three points to eventual tourney champion Drexel.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:29
Falcons look to capitalize on home-ice advantage PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON, Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 09:27
Bowling Green has fared well in the playoffs the last three seasons.
The Falcons are striving for even  more playoff success this weekend.
Only this time, they'll be at home.
BG host Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series.
The best-of-3 series - BG's  first home playoff games since 2008 - is Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.
"This is about executing at a high level," said BG coach Chris Bergeron, whose team has won four playoff series the last three seasons. 'We'll prepare like we always do. The fact we tied for third in a very competitive league ... I want our guys to take advantage of that. Let's not let go of that opportunity by not playing well. We want to play well."
All four of BG's playoff wins the last three seasons came on the road, and all four series went three games.
Twenty Falcons have played in at least one of those series.
"We're a playoff veteran team .... that builds experience," Bergeron said.
Orr out after seven years as BGSU men's basketball coach (3-11-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:10
File photo. Louis Orr motions from the sidelines during a game. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green State University will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Louis Orr.
The decision was announced this afternoon.
“We want to thank coach Orr for his dedication to BGSU and his leadership in developing men of character in the Falcon basketball program,” stated BG athletics director Chris Kingston. “I want to personally thank coach Orr for his professionalism and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
Bowling Green posted an overall record of 101-121 in Orr’s seven seasons as head coach, including a 54-60 mark in Mid-American Conference play.
‘‘I’m thankful for the opportunities that Bowling Green State University has given me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to coach a group of great guys over the seven years that I have here,’’ Orr said Monday night after BG’s 54-51 season-ending overtime loss to Northern Illinois. ‘‘I’m thankful for the community. For those, whatever their feelings were about me, I’m thankful for them going to the games and supporting these young guys.
‘‘We all want more, I want more. I want these guys to experience more success, more wins. They work hard. I want them to experience more championships. I wish I could have gave more on that end,’’ he added. ‘‘I appreciate these guys. They could have gave up, but they never did, and they are a resilient group. I wish them the best.’’
After posting a 13-17 overall record in his first season at Bowling Green in 2007-08, Orr led the Falcons to an overall record of 19-14 in 2008-09. BG won the MAC East that season and was the top seed in the MAC tournament. For his efforts, Orr was tabbed the MAC coach of the year that season.
Orr went on to lead the Falcons to records of 16-16, 13-19 and 12-20 over his final three seasons. The Falcons lost 11 of the final 14 games this season.
Bowling Green twice made it to postseason play under Orr, competing in the National Invitational Tournament in 2009 and the Tournament in 2012.
A national search for the 16th head coach in Bowling Green State University men’s basketball history will begin immediately.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:44
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