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(updated 10:10 p.m.) Falcon women beat Ohio State (11-24-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jack Carle Sentinel Sports Editor   
Sunday, 24 November 2013 20:46
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BG's Miriam Justinger shoots against Ohio State's Darryce Moore. (Photo provided by Scott Grau)
COLUMBUS – A lot of athletes in Ohio grow up wanting to wear scarlet and gray while playing on the big stage that is The Ohio State University.
On Sunday afternoon, five women with Ohio roots got the opportunity to start a women’s basketball game at OSU’s Value Center Arena in the Schottenstein Center.
Those five athletes helped spark their team to an impressive 64-52 victory
However, the winners were not dressed in Ohio State’s home white. Instead they were wearing the visiting orange of Bowling Green State University.
BG’s starting five of Alexis Rogers, Jill Stein, Jillian Halfhill, Erica Donovan, and Miriam Justinger along with Jasmine Matthews from Illinois and Deborah Hoekstra from Michigan gave OSU everything they wanted and more.
Ohio State had won 12 straight meetings and held a 14-1 edge in the series before Sunday’s game. BG’s only other victory in the series was a 56-50 decision on Jan. 18, 1975.
‘‘These kids have been brain-washed about this scarlet color for a long time growing up,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said about the Ohio players on her roster. ‘‘There was extra motivation with having an all Ohio lineup coming out (to start).’’
‘‘The seniors we preached, the whole weekend, we wanted this game the most. Let’s be real — Ohio State, Bowling Green,’’ said Halfhill.
The 3-pointer was the difference for the Falcons, who were 12-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Justinger and Hoekstra combined to go 7-of-10 on threes to pace the Falcons. Justinger finished with 14 points, going 4-of-6 on 3-pointers. Hoekstra scored all 11 of her points in the first half, and she was 3-of-4 from the arc.
Hoekstra played only one minute in Saturday’s win over Old Dominion, but Roos was confident she would be able to produce when called on Sunday.
‘‘I had no doubt she would do exactly what she did,’’ Roos said. ‘‘She has grown into that type of player. She has worked extremely hard at her shot, and she was rewarded today.’’
Halfhill chipped in with 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds, and Stein had 10 rebounds.
‘‘She led us in this tournament at the point-guard position, and made some big shots for us (Sunday),’’ Roos said about Halfhill.
The Buckeyes scored the first basket of the game, but it was the only time they would lead the entire game.
Donovan’s 3-pointer put BG ahead to stay just 1:37 into the game.
‘‘They came out with more energy than we did,’’ said OSU’s Ameryst Alston, who scored a game-high 15 points. ‘‘They were getting everything they wanted to get (shooting-wise).
‘‘We definitely should have won this game ... We didn’t play together, and execute the plays offensively as a team.’’
The Falcons held a 25-21 lead at the half by making 6-of-12 threes in the opening 20 minutes. The Buckeyes stayed in the game by going 12-of-12 from the free-throw line.
‘‘From the very start, we were feeling good,’’ Halfhill said. ‘‘We came out on a roll in the first four minutes for the first half and the second half.’’
When Ohio State closed to within 37-35 with 14:26 remaining in the game, Halfhill took over. She scored seven straight points in the span of 1:04 to give the Falcons a major boost. She hit a tough shot in traffic, knocked down a 3-pointer, and then made a steal and converted a layup in her run, which made it 44-35.
‘‘I knew we couldn’t lose the lead,’’ Halfhill said.
After Halfhill’s spurt the Falcons would lead by as many as 14, before Ohio State closed to within eight, 55-47, with 2:55 left. Then Justinger made two 3-pointers to help close things out.
‘‘They deserved to win. They played harder, they had more fight, and they executed 10 times better,’’ OSU head coach Kevin McGuff said.
NOTES: The Falcons are 6-1 overall ... Ohio State is 5-2 ... It was the third game in three days for both teams in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge ... Bowling Green held a 36-32 rebounding edge, with the starters getting 29 of the 36 caroms ... Ohio State finished 24-of-26 from the free-throw line, making 19 straight before finally missing with 5:27 left in the game ...  The Falcons are idle until a game next Sunday in Springfield, Mass. against Monmouth to finish out the Hall of Fame Challenge.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 12:25
 

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