|Falcon women face quick turnaround (3-23-13)|
|Written by Jack Carle Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:50|
Less than 48 hours after posting a 76-70 victory over SMU in the opening round of the WNIT, Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team will be taking the court again.
The Falcons (23-10) host Duquesne (24-7) tonight at 5 in the Stroh Center in a second-round WNIT game. The Dukes advanced with a 71-66 win over Akron.
Both Bowling Green and Duquesne will have the same amount of preparation time.
‘‘Ideally, I really thought we were going to play on Monday,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said after Thursday’s win over SMU. ‘‘It’s a tough turnaround for us, but at this time of year a tough turnaround is better than no turnaround.’’
Against Akron, Duquesne trailed 51-40 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game before Wumi Agunbiade started a 14-2 run to help the Dukes post the win.
Agunbiade, a 6-foot-2 junior, finished with 22 points against Akron. She leads the team, averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Vanessa Abel, a 5-5 senior, scored all 16 of her points against Akron in the second half.
Also for Duquesne, Jocelyn Floyd, a 5-8 senior, is averaging 9.5 points and 2.7 assists per game and she leads the nation in steals with 149, an average of 5.1 per game.
For the Falcons, four different players scored in double-figures in the win over SMU led by Jillian Halfhill who matched her career-high with 23 points.
Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring at 11.2 ppg. Alexis Rogers is averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game.
Halfhill is averaging 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and leads the team with 111 assists.
STEFFEN: With her nine points against SMU, Steffen is now tied for 17th on BG’s all-time scoring list with 1,223 points.
Steffen is tied with Melissa Chase, a Bowling Green High School graduate, who played for the Falcons from 1979-83.
Michelle Shade (1991-95) is 16th on the career list with 1,233 points.
FREE THROWS: Bowling Green has four players shooting over 80 percent from the free-throw line, but none of them have enough attempts to appear among the Mid-American Conference leaders.
Freshman Bailey Cairnduff is 34-of-36 (94.4 percent), Steffen is 63-of-75 (84 percent), freshman Miriam Justinger is 41-of-51 (82.4 percent), and junior Katrina Salinas is 16-of-20 (80 percent).
MORE DUKES: Duquesne’s 24 wins tie the program record for most wins in a season ... The Dukes have won 12 of their last 13 games against MAC opponents ... This is the fifth straight year Duquesne has played in the WNIT ... The Dukes have four foreign players on their roster, including three Canadians.
MORE FALCONS: Bowling Green is 20-2 this season when scoring 60 or more points and 9-0 when scoring 70 or more points ... The win over SMU was the first national postseason victory for the current senior class ... Jill Stein has been a force off the bench in postseason play with 38 points, 22 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and six steals in four games ... Stein has scored in double figures in three straight games ... BG is 13-4 in games at the Stroh Center this season.
FREE TICKETS: BGSU is offering free tickets to students for the game.
Three-hundred tickets are available, courtesy of the BGSU Division of Student Affairs.
Students can pick up a ticket at the Stroh Center ticket office. Students must present a valid BGSU ID at the time of pickup, and there is a limit of one ticket per student.
NEXT: The BG-Duquesne winner will play the Drexel-Harvard winner next week.
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