|Falcon women have big games this week (02-20-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:30|
Heading into the homestretch of the Mid-American Conference season, Bowling Green's women's basketball team faces two key games this week.
The Falcons, 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Mid-American Conference, host Akron tonight at 7 and play at Miami Saturday at 2 p.m. Bowling Green lost to Miami 57-54 at home and dropped a 68-63 decision at Akron.
The Zips lead the MAC East at 8-3 with the Falcons second at 7-4 and Miami tied for third at 6-5. There are five conference games remaining with three of them at home for the Falcons.
''Our goal from here out is trying to secure a bye (for the MAC tournament),'' BG head coach Jennifer Roos said Monday.
The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds earn a bye into the third round of the tournament while the top two seeds earn a bye into the semifinals.
HAVEL: Danielle Havel is coming off what might have been her best game of the season in BG's 60-49 win over Northern Illinois last Saturday.
Havel matched her career-high with 14 points against the Huskies, going 4-of-5 from the floor, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers, and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal with just one turnover.
Roos is hoping the fifth-year senior can continue that kind of production for the rest of the season.
''She is maybe one of the most unselfish kids on the team. She does look to make that extra pass,'' Roos said. ''But by herextending her range and knocking down a couple outside shots, in particular against Northern it allowed for us to have one-on-one inside. So you have Jill Stein and 'Lex' Rogers battling inside with a defender straight behind them.''
For the season, Havel is shooting 48 percent from the field, including 42.2 percent on 3-pointers, and 73.3 percent from the free-throw line. She is second on the team in rebounds, assists and blocked shots and tied for second in steals.w
"I think she, like any other senior, knows there are only five games left plus the MAC tournament and post-season play,'' Roos said.
INJURIES: Jasmine Matthews is still dealing with a stress fracture and Roos doesn't anticipate her being able to play the rest of the season. Matthews played in 13 games this season.
Senior Simone Eli is working to come back from knee surgery and Roos hopes Eli will be ready to play on Senior Day, March 3, against Ohio. Eli has not played this season.
Havel (back), Rogers (broken nose) and Jill Stein (broken finger) are playing through their injuries.
Rogers is wearing a facemask and is expecting a new one that will fit better.
AKRON: The Zips have won five straight games and are led by Rachel Tecca, who tops the MAC in scoring at 19.0 ppg. Tecca is fifth in the league in rebounding at 7.7 per game.
In the five-point loss at Akron, Tecca had 18 points and seven rebounds, but Hanna Luburgh was the biggest difference in the game as she scored 25 points and had 15 rebounds. Luburgh is averaging 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Also for Akron, Sina King is averaging 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
''They have a starting unit that is second to none in this conference,'' Roos said. "They are averaging just under 80 points per game. They run a lot of (offensive) sets; they run a lot of transition quick-hitters; they look to push the ball as much as they can.
''This is a game that, I would imagine, would come down to the wire again because we both know each other so well.''
Akron ranks 11th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 75.7 points per game. The Zips are 27th in the country in field-goal percentage, 25th in 3-point field goals made per game and 57th in three-point field goal percentage
The Falcons are 26th in the nation in scoring defense allowing only 53.5 ppg. BG is 48th in the country in 3-point field goal defense.
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