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(updated 6:20 p.m.) Last-second shot lifts WMU past BG women, 55-54 (2-10-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Sunday, 10 February 2013 17:09
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Corie Buchanan scored in the lane with 4.6 seconds remaining in the game to lift Western Michigan past the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team, 55-54 Sunday.
After Buchanan’s basket, BG’s Chrissy Steffen had a long 3-point attempt to win the game, but it was off target.
Jillian Halfhill’s 3-pointer had given BG a 54-53 lead with 19.7 seconds left.
“This is a very disappointing loss for our program and where we are right now for a lot of reasons; tournament seeding implications are already coming into fold,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. “When we look back with what our seed is, we are going say: ‘OK this is the game we did not play well and this cost us at the end.’’
The Falcons were plagued by shooting woes the entire game. BG was 7-of-39 (17.9 percent) from the field in the first half, but trailed only 26-20 after 20 minutes.
Bowling Green shot the ball better in the second half, making 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) from the floor.
BG also struggled from the free-throw line, making only 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) in the game.
“That’s the hole that we dug. When you shoot only 17 percent in the first half ... We were probably lucky to get to seven (made field goals),’’ Roos said. ‘‘We probably missed anywhere between 10 to 12 layups. Some were contested, some were wide open, (some were) breakaways off steals.
“We shot 27 percent for the game and it doesn’t matter who you play, either home or away, when you shoot such a low percentage overall and miss that many layups in the first half, you are not going to beat anyone,’’ Roos added.
Bowling Green was able to stay in the game by pulling down 22 offensive rebounds and scoring 12 second-chance points. BG also had 16 steals in the game which it turned into 11 points.
Another positive factor for Bowling Green was the play of sophomore Deborah Hoekstra, who came off the bench to score a team-high 11 points. She also had two of BG’s 11 assists while playing 17 minutes.
‘‘Deborah was a good spark for us ... She hit some big shots in the second half,’’ Roos said. “For her to make just as many field goals as our three starting guards did, was a fantastic step-up effort by her.’’
In the second half there were two ties and nine lead changes.
The Falcons took a 44-42 lead on a layup by Jill Stein with 8:18 left to play, but could not add to the lead as they missed three shots and had two turnovers in their next five possessions.
Bowling Green got back to within 51-50 on Steffen’s 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining.
Western pushed its lead to 53-50 on a layup from Marquisha Harris with 1:37 left.
BG’s Alexis Rogers split a pair of three throws to cut WMU’s lead to 53-51.
After a Bronco miss on a 3-pointer, Halfhill made her 3-pointer from the left wing to set the stage for the final seconds.
NOTES: BG is 15-8 overall and 6-4 in the Mid-American Conference ... WMU is 8-15, 4-6 ... Steffen and Rogers each added 10 points for the Falcons ... Rogers had eight rebounds and Danielle Havel had seven ... Rogers played with a face mask after suffering a broken nose against Buffalo last Thursday ... The Falcons are idle until a Saturday game at Northern Illinois.
Last Updated on Sunday, 10 February 2013 21:16
 

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