|(updated 11:45 p.m.) Falcon women down Kent State; will host KSU in first-round playoff game Saturday (3-6-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:31|
KENT — Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team survived a rough first half to post a 51-43 victory over Kent State Wednesday.
The Falcons finish the regular season 20-9 overall and 11-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
Bowling Green is the No. 5 seed for the MAC tournament and hosts No. 12 Kent State (3-26, 1-15) Saturday at 1 p.m. in a first-round game at the Stroh Center.
“I don’t think we played poorly; we played against a team that was better than us in the first half,” BG head coach Jennifer Roos said.
In the first half, Bowling Green shot 25.9 percent from the field and took a 16-14 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes.
“We had a good talk at halftime and I was happy with the way they responded in the first four minutes of the second half,” Roos said.
The Falcons took an 8-1 lead to start the game, but the Golden Flashes rallied to tie the score three different times and then took a 14-12 lead on a Heather Bachman layup with 5:53 left in the first half.
The score remained 14-12 until BG’s Chrissy Steffen nailed a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left in the half. The Falcons never trailed again after Steffen’s three.
Roos said in the first half Kent State changed defenses, even during the same possession, and that Bowling Green was unable to get into any rhythm offensively.
“This is a game, at this time of the year, you have to do the little things,” Roos said. “We did not rebound the ball well in the first half. We did not shoot the ball well in the first half. We did not take care of the ball. That was a credit to Kent State.”
In the second half, the Falcons scored 35 points, making 13-of-27 shots from the field, while holding the Golden Flashes to 29 points, with six of those points coming on two late 3-pointers.
“We came out more aggressive in the second half and we looked to push the tempo a lot,” Roos said. “It took us to under the 10-minute mark to actually get some consecutive stops and consecutive scores.”
In the final 10 minutes, Miriam Justinger hit a 3-pointer and Bailey Cairnduff hit a jumper to get the Falcons started. A layup from Steffen with 7:34 left pushed BG’s lead into double digits until the final basket of the game.
In addition to shooting the ball better in the second half, the Falcons held a 24-16 rebounding edge with Steffen getting six rebounds. The Falcons scored 18 of their 36 second-half points in the paint.
Steffen scored a team-high 13 points and had eight rebounds. Justinger scored nine points, seven in the second half, and Jill Stein had eight points and five rebounds. Jillian Halfhill chipped in with a game-high nine rebounds, along with five assists and six points.
Kent State’s Diamon Beckford scored a game high 14 points.
NOTES: The BG-KSU winner advances to the second-round of the MAC tournament at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on March 13 at noon against the Western Michigan-Eastern Michigan winner ... This is the 10th straight season in which Bowling Green has won at least 20 games and also the 10th straight year with double-digit conference victories.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:49|
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