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(updated 11:15 p.m.) Falcon women down High Point, 72-62 in WNIT opener (3-20-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Edito   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:12
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BG's Jillian Halfhill (11) moves the ball on High Point's Lexi Patterson (left). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It was Bowling Green’s worst first half of the season.
That’s how head coach Jennifer Roos felt despite the Falcons holding a 33-32 lead over High Point at the break Thursday.  PHOTO GALLERY
Sparked by Miriam Justinger, things were different in the second half as Bowling Green posted a 72-62 victory in a first-round WNIT game at the Stroh Center.
The Falcons, now 28-4, play the winner of Friday’s St. Bonaventure-Charlotte game on a day, time, and place to be determined.
‘‘We were rattled, discombobulated, or other words or verbs that could describe the beginning of the game,’’ Roos said. ‘‘Turnovers without pressure are difficult to swallow at this time of the year.
‘‘We won’t start like that again.’’
High Point bolted out to a 14-4 lead in the first eight minutes of the game, as the Falcons missed 12 of their first 13 shots from the field.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 09:15
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BG special teams key (03-20-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:26
Bowling Green's power play has been hot down the stretch.
And the penalty-killing has been good most of the season.
The Falcons need more of the same Friday against Minnesota State in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Mich.
The Mavericks, ranked 15th nationally, are third in the nation in power-play conversions at 26.2 percent and sixth in penalty-killing at 85.9.
"That's going to be a big part of the game," BG coach Chris Bergeron said of the special teams.
The BG power play has scored a goal in seven straight games, going 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) in that span.
"We're going out there with a lot of confidence," BG forward Adam Berkle said. "We expect to score."
"I'm having some sleepless nights watching the way that power play is snapping the puck around the offensive zone," MSU coach Mike Hastings said. "They're beaming with confidence."
The BG penalty-killing is at 86.5 percent over the last 16 games (45-of-52).
"We're going to try to stay disciplined with our actions so we give their power play no opportunities or very limited opportunities," Bergeron said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:16
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BG hockey playing well entering Final Five (03-19-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:47
Bowling Green is playing well entering the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five.
The Falcons who have won five straight and are 18-14-6 overall, face 15th-ranked and second-seeded Minnesota State (24-13-1) Friday at 2:07 p.m.
Fourth-ranked and top seeded Ferris State (27-9-3) plays sixth-seeded Alaska-Anchorage (18-15-4) in the second game at 7:07 p.m.
The winners return Saturday night at 7:07 to play for the championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs.
The Final Five is at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Falcons are scoring 4.0 goals per game and allowing 2.0 during their winning streak.
In addition, goalie Tommy Burke has been sharp, and the penalty-killing and power-play units have fared well.
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WCHA Agate: 03-19-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:51
WESTERN COLLEGIATE
HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
WCHA FINAL FIVE
At Grand Rapids, Mich
Van Andel Arena
Semifinals
Friday's Games
No. 4 BOWLING GREEN (18-14-6) vs. No. 2 Minnesota State (24-13-1), 2:07 p.m.
No. 6 Alaska-Anchorage (18-15-4) vs. No. 1 Ferris State (27-9-3), 7:07 p.m.
Championship
Saturday's Game
Semifinal winners, 7:07 p.m.
BGSU HOCKEY STATISTICS
TEAM
GOALS SCORED
Team    GP    GS    AVG
Bowling Green    38    119    3.1
Opponents    38    100    2.6
gp-games played, gs-goals scored, avg-goals scored per game.
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Falcons turning attention to WNIT (03-19-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:40
A 27-4 record, two wins over Big Ten schools, and the 31st-best RPI ranking in the country were not enough to earn Bowling Green a spot in the upcoming women's NCAA basketball tournament.
Instead, the Falcons turn their attention the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
BG hosts High Point University Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
"Emotionally, (Monday) night was terrible," said point guard Jillian Halfhill. "... But it's a new day and you have to move on. We found out we play at home, so that's exciting.
"It's hard. I'm a senior, so I have to go with it," she said of being left out of the NCAA tournament. "You have to move on. You have to take it as a positive. We're lucky to even have a chance to be considered as an at-large bid."
The Falcons last made an NCAA tournament appearance in 2011 when they lost to Georgia Tech in the first round.
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