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(updated 5:50 p.m.) Falcon women roll past Kent State, 76-35 (3-9-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 09 March 2013 15:55
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Former BGSU women's basketball coach Curt Miller congratulates player Chrissy Steffen after a MAC tournament game against Kent State at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio on March 9, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It takes a lot to surprise a veteran coach such as Jennifer Roos.
Roos is in her 12th year as a coach with Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball, so she has experience in a lot of different areas.
This year’s current edition of the Falcons, with Roos in her first season as head coach, shocked her before BG’s Mid-American Conference first-round tournament matchup against Kent State in the Stroh Center Saturday. PHOTO GALLERY
The Falcons showed they were ready to play when they started their morning shoot-around before Roos even got onto the floor.
Bowling Green displayed that same degree of readiness when the game started. The Falcons took control early, went on to lead by 50 points in the second half, before settling for a 76-35 victory.
With the win Bowling Green, now 21-9, advances to play Western Michigan in the second-round of the MAC tournament Wednesday. Tipoff is at noon in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
‘‘I’m usually the one who walks in and has to get them going ... I was really tickled pink that they started shoot-around without me,’’ Roos said. ‘‘It made me laugh. I yelled a little bit, and then my staff (said) this is a good thing.
‘‘‘They saw the sticker on the floor that said MAC tournament and they realized that this was a different game. (The shoot-around) had a tournament feel to it,’’ she added. ‘‘They went extremely hard in shoot-around and made a lot of shots. We were looking forward to getting this game underway.’’
Senior Allison Papenfuss said there was a different energy level at the shoot-around.
‘‘Everything was crisper; people were paying better attention. It wasn’t just another game, it was tournament-time; time to lock in,’’ said Papenfuss, who recorded the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday.
There was also additional motivation after a poor performance by the Falcons in a 51-43 win at Kent State last Wednesday.
‘‘We played awful against them ... (the) last game we played absolutely terrible,’’ Papenfuss said. ‘‘The score was 16-14 at halftime.
‘‘We wanted to come out (Saturday) and actually show them what Bowling Green was all about,’’ Papenfuss added. ‘‘It was all internally motivated from how bad we played the game before.’’
In Saturday’s rematch, BG surpassed 16 points by 6:09 into the game. The Falcons led by 28, 44-16, at the half. Kent State did not score its first field goal until there was 10:04 left in the first half.
‘‘It’s understanding the importance of the game ... This time we really needed to get everything together,’’ Papenfuss said.
The onslaught continued in the second half and BG steadily increased its lead until it was 50 points,  74-24, with 8:12 remaining in the game. The Falcons scored only two points in the final 8:12, but the outcome had long since been decided.
Roos was glad the Falcons, the No. 5 seed, were able to play in front of their home crowd to start the tournament.
‘‘A bye would have been fun to have, but why won’t you want to play in front of a home crowd, another chance for your fans to see your seniors play,’’ Roos said. ‘‘Playing in the Stroh Center is just second to none.’’
In addition to Papenfuss’ double-double, Alexis Rogers scored 13 points, going 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line, and Jillian Halfhill had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Bailey Cairnduff chipped in with nine points, Chrissy Steffen scored eight points, and Jill Stein had nine rebounds and seven points.
NOTES: Kent State finishes its season at 3-27 ... The Falcons have won nine of 11 games since the start of February ... No BG starter played more than 20 minutes Saturday ... Nine of the 11 Falcons who played in the game scored, 10 of the 11 had a rebound, and eight of the 11 had an assist ... BG scored 21 points off 16 KSU turnovers, had 20 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds, and got 40 points from the bench ... BG was 21-of-25 (84 percent) from the free-throw line ... The win was the 100th for the current senior class ... It’s the eighth time in school history and the seventh straight time that a senior class has surpassed 100 wins ... Curt Miller, who was BG’s head coach for 11 years before leaving after the 2011-12 season to take the head coaching position at Indiana, was in the crowd Saturday.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 09:04
 

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