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Updated 1 a.m., Falcon women beat Michigan (11-8-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 November 2013 20:50
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Jillian Halfhill scored 18 points and Erica Donovan added 15 as Bowling Green’s women’s basketball team opened its season Friday with a 63-52 win over Michigan in the Iona College Tip-Off Tournament.
The Falcons built an 18-5 lead in the first six minutes and held off Michigan after that.
BG held a 36-28 lead at the half and never led by fewer than six in the second half.
The Falcons face Iona for the tournament championship today at 3:30.
I ona was an 82-75 overtime winner against Arizona in the second game. The Gaels played in the WNIT last season when were 20-13 overall.
Halfhill also had a game-high five assists, while Donovan added six rebounds in her first game with the Falcons. The redshirt sophomore is a transfer from North Carolina State.
At the start of the game, after Michigan closed within 8-5, the Falcons scored 10 straight points.
Donovan made a layup and Halfhill followed with eight consecutive points. She scored on a layup and two 3-pointers.
“Our first four minutes of the game made the biggest difference in the game because we were able to jump out to a double-digit lead, and put Michigan on their heels,” BG coach Jennifer Roos said.
“The first four minutes were the true turning point with just how hard we played. We got contributions from everybody.”
Michigan answered with a 19-8 run over the next 10 minutes to cut BG’s lead to 26-24 with 4:49 remaining in the half.
But two free throws by Donovan and Rachel Konieczki’s 3-pointer gave BG a 31-24 lead.
The Falcons eventually pushed their lead back to 36-25 with 2:19 to go in the half.  
Michigan later scored the final three points of the half to close within eight at the break.
The Falcons shot 12-of-22 in the first half, compared to Michigan’s 11-of-29.
The Falcons held Michigan to 18-of-55 shooting from the field for the game and forced 17 turnovers, leading to 28 points.
BG shot 22-of-46 from the field, including 9-of-24 3-pointers. Halfhill, a senior, was 4-of-8 on 3-pointers.
“She really led us and carried us throughout the entire game,” Roos said of Halfhill. “She had an overall just great game.”
Jill Stein added seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds for BG.
The Falcons were just 10-of-20 from the free-throw line, compared to Michigan’s 11-of-14.
Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 01:57

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