Updated 6:30 a.m., Falcon women slip past Butler, 61-57 (11-18-13) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 November 2013 22:06
INDIANAPOLIS — Erica Donovan scored the eventual game-winner with 27.8 seconds remaining Monday as the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team slipped past Butler, 61-57.
The Falcons are 4-0 to start the season.
After Donovan’s basket, off an assist from Miriam Justinger, the Falcons played good defense with Donovan blocking a 3-point attempt in the final seconds.
Justinger grabbed the rebound off Donovan’s block and was fouled with 0.6 seconds remaining in the game. Her two successful free throws accounted for the final margin.
‘‘The last 25 seconds felt like an eternity,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said.
The Falcons never led in the first half, trailing by as many as 11 points at one point. Butler held a 27-22 lead at the break.
BG got a quick start to the second half and eventually went ahead on Deborah Hoekstra’s layup with 15:53 left to play in the game.
The Falcons built their lead to 43-33 on Justinger’s three-point play with 13:21 remaining.
Two free throws from Jillian Halfhill put the Falcons up 57-48 with 3:57 left to play, but Butler rallied with a 9-0 run to tie the game with 42 seconds remaining.
‘‘We got a couple of steals and breakaway layups,’’ Roos said about the second-half surge. ‘‘That was a big spark for us.
‘‘We reduced our playbook in the second half, and started running some stuff to take advantage of their defensive switching,’’ Roos continued. ‘‘We were playing with more of a sense of urgency.’’
After Donovan’s basket, Butler missed a shot but got the rebound. Donovan then blocked a 3-point attempt and Justinger grabbed the rebound.
‘‘It was a night and day difference between the first half and the second half,’’ Roos said.
‘‘To Butler’s credit, they prepared for us extremely well,’’ Roos added. ‘‘They took away a lot of our strengths. It hurt us because we could not get into a flow with the way they were playing us defensively.’’
Alexis Rogers scored a game-high 17 points for the Falcons, while Justinger finished with 13 points. The duo combined for 21 of their 30 points in the second half.
Donovan finished with eight points. Rogers added eight rebounds, Justinger had six, and Jill Stein had nine
BG shot well from the free-throw line, going 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) compared to 9-of-15 (60 percent) for Butler.
The Falcons’ defense produced 12 steals, and BG turned Butler’s 17 turnovers into 20 points.
The Falcons’ busy November schedule continues, as BG heads to Columbus for three games in as many days this weekend. BG is participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge at Value City Arena from Friday through Sunday, taking on Marist, Old Dominion and host Ohio State.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 08:36

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