|Falcon women hoping for WNIT bid (3-14-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Thursday, 14 March 2013 18:28|
CLEVELAND — Jennifer Roos was extremely disappointed in the outcome of Bowling Green State University’s third-round Mid-American Conference tournament game Thursday.
For the final 35 minutes of the game Central Michigan had its way with Bowling Green, rolling to an 81-48 victory.
Even with the frustrating result, Roos was quick to point out a lot of positives for the Falcons this season.
‘‘We’ve played 32 games and this is one game out of those 32,’’ said Roos, who is in her first year as BG’s head coach. ‘‘Our record is 22-10. We’ve had a fantastic year. We’ve gone 3-3 against teams in the top 60 RPI.
‘‘I believe we’re a lock for a WNIT bid. With that said that will be our ninth consecutive season in postseason play,’’ Roos continued. ‘‘This is our 10th consecutive season of 20 wins and 10th consecutive season of double-digit conference wins.’’
The Postseason WNIT will announce its 64-team field late Monday evening following the NCAA tournament field announcement.
The WNIT field will consist of 31 teams with automatic berths, and 33 teams that are awarded at-large berths. The field will be announced on the WNIT website.
First-round games will be played between March 20-22.
‘‘We have to learn from this (the loss to CMU) and get better for next week,’’ BG’s Alexis Rogers said.
BRADFORD: CMU’s Crystal Bradford was the game’s difference-maker Thursday.
The first-team All-MAC pick scored a game-high 23 points. She also had six rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and an assist with four turnovers.
‘‘I voted for her for player of the year; she is a fantastic player,’’ Roos said. ‘‘She can score inside and outside.
‘‘We saw her make some athletic plays today that I would imagine could show up on a Cleveland Cavs highlight reel,’’ Roos continued. ‘‘She plays above the rim. She is the only female in our league that can do that.’’
FOULS: The game was a physical contest and at one point a double technical foul was called on BG’s Katrina Salinas and CMU’s Niki DiGuilio.
However, by the end of the game there were only 25 fouls called, including 16 on the Falcons.
Central Michigan was 17-of-19 from the free-throw line and Bowling Green was 2-of-2.
‘‘It was a physical game,’’ Roos said. ‘‘But I thought (Wednesday’s) was even more so.
‘‘This time of year we have to play through some fouls. Their traps were extremely aggressive,’’ Roos added.
REPEAT: It’s the second straight year that Bowling Green won the regular-season game against Central Michigan, only to have the Chippewas knock the Falcons out of the MAC tournament.
SCORING: The Falcons got 21 points from the bench players, but two of the five starters failed to score.
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