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Updated 6:25 a.m.. 1-10-14, Falcon women beat Kent State, 58-39 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 22:38
KENT — A strong second half helped the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team beat Kent State, 58-39 Thursday.
After a slow first half, the Falcons were 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from the field, and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line in the second half, while scoring 38 points.
‘‘I knew we would be rusty. The big key was I wanted to have patience, and I wanted them to have patience as well because I didn’t know if shots would fall. It took a while for them to start falling,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘The best formula for that is to get out and run, and we got some easy fast-break points, and second-chance points in the second half and that made a big difference.’’
A 3-pointer from the left corner by Jillian Halfhill put the Falcons ahead by double digits for the first time and helped spark a 15-0 run that built a 20-point lead during the first seven minutes following halftime. A 3-pointer from Deborah Hoekstra made it 37-17. BG was 0-of-11 on 3-pointers before Halfhill’s basket.
KSU hung around, largely on the strength of 3-point shooting, but the Flashes drew no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
‘‘We did a good job of not fouling, and getting to the foul line, and making fouls shots,’’ Roos said.
The Falcons finished the game going 18-of-20 from the free-throw line led by Miriam Justinger’s 6-of-6 effort. Kent State was 1-for-4 for the game.
Kent State scored 26 second-half points after only scoring 13 points in the first half. The Golden Flashes were 6-of-11 on 3-pointers, including 5-of-9 in the second half.
It’s the third time in the last four games between the two teams BG has held Kent State under 40 points.
Halfhill scored 15 points and had two assists for the Falcons while teammate Jill Stein recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
‘‘Bowling Green did a nice job of being Bowling Green tonight,’’ said KSU head coach Danielle O’Banion. ‘‘We did a good job of neutralizing some of the players we were worried the most about … But when you have a senior point guard like Jillian Halfhill who has been in a lot of big situations, that can be a difference maker. She stepped up and made some big shots.”
NOTES: BG is 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference ... Kent State is 3-10, 0-2 ...  BG had 14 second-chance points ... Kent State had 21 turnovers in the game, which BG turned into 16 points ... Stein’s double-double was the ninth of the season for BG, matching the team total for all of last season ... The Falcons host Akron Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 09:27

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