|Falcon women happy to be home (12-6-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 06 December 2013 09:54|
While the NFL tends to dominate on Sundays at this time of the year, Bowling Green State University women's basketball fans have a month full of Sunday games to enjoy in December.
The Falcons opened December last Sunday with a 71-48 win over Monmouth in the finale of the four-game Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.
This Sunday the Falcons, 7-1, play at home for only the second time this season, hosting UW-Milwaukee. BG also hosts Massachusetts on Dec. 15 and St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 29 while playing at Purdue on Dec. 22.
''It's nice to be back in Bowling Green after having seven of eight games on the road. It's nice to return to the friendly confines of the Stroh Center,'' BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''We have become some tested road warriors.
''Overall, I'm pleased with where we stand,'' Roos added.
The Falcons have four players averaging in double figures - Erica Donovan, 12.3 ppg; Jillian Halfhill, 11.9 ppg; Alexis Rogers, 11.5 ppg; and Miriam Justinger, 10.3 ppg. The other starter, Jill Stein, is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game.
Donovan played one season at Toledo Notre Dame, but finished her high school career at John Jay High School in Northside, Texas.
''When she goes home, she goes home to her family in Toledo,'' Roos said. ''Playing in front of family is really comforting for her.''
She played one season at North Carolina State, before transferring to Bowling Green. Donovan sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
''Her addition has definitely made us better coaches,'' Roos said with a smile. ''She has been a really good addition, because she can score inside and outside.
''She has been able to shoot the ball well, and she has been a big boost.''
INJURIES: Freshman Leah Bolton and Kennedy Kirkpatrick are still injured, but are progressing, Roos said. Bolton has been bothered by knee problems, and Kirkpatrick has a torn muscle in her hip.
Bolton played for the first time this season against Monmouth, logging six minutes.
MILWAUKEE: The Panthers, 2-5 overall, are coming off a 78-66 loss to North Dakota on Wednesday.
Angela Rodriguez, a 5-foot-8 senior, is averaging 20.0 ppg this season for Milwaukee.
''Angela Rodriguez can score in a variety of ways,'' Roos said. ''She has the ability on any given night to drop 30. We have got our hands full with her.''
Ashley Green, a 5-11 junior, is averaging 14.9 ppg, and Avyanna Young, a 6-1 sophomore, is averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
Frank Goldsberry, the father of former Falcon Lindsey Goldsberry, is an assistant at Milwaukee.
Kyle Rechilcz is in her second season as head coach.
Both Goldsberry and Rechilcz were on the women's basketball staff at Dayton.
''They are very familiar with our system,'' Roos said. ''They will be very prepared for us.''
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