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(updated 6:25 p.m.) Purdue women down Falcons, 57-48 PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Sentinel Sports Staff   
Sunday, 22 December 2013 17:58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sometimes poor shooting can be overcome in basketball.
And despite leading host Purdue in a number of statistical categories Sunday, the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team did not make enough baskets, as Purdue held on for a 57-48 victory.
The Falcons were only 17-of-65 (26.2 percent) from the field, including a 2-of-19 effort on 3-pointers (10.5 percent).
Bowling Green held a 39-36 rebounding advantage, committed fewer fouls and forced the Boilermakers into nearly twice as many turnovers.
‘‘The bottom line is you have to make shots to win, and we did not make enough shots to win,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘I think we are a good 3-point shooting team, and we go 2-of-19.
‘‘We got a lot of good looks. We had a couple of breakaway layups we missed. We had a couple of follow-ups we missed,’’ Roos added.
Still Bowling Green was in the game at the end.
Jasmine Matthews hit a free throw with 1:30 remaining to play to cut Purdue’s lead to 48-46.
Purdue’s April Wilson made a tough layup and completed the 3-point play with a free throw, giving the Boilermakers a 51-46 edge with 1:10 left.
“She turned the corner. She put her head down and went, and we did not get a good hedge on it,’’ Roos said about Wilson’s basket.
BG’s Alexis Rogers and Purdue’s Courtney Moses traded baskets, but Rogers’ hoop with 57.6 seconds left was the Falcons’ final score.
The Falcons missed three shots in the final 25 seconds of the game and Purdue went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to seal the victory.
‘‘It was anybody’s game,’’ Roos said about the final minutes. ‘‘There are several plays I look back (on), and there are play calls I wish I had done differently.’’
Rogers led the Falcons with 16 points. Teammate Jillian Halfhill scored 15 points, including both of BG’s 3-pointers, and a game-high 10 rebounds. She also had three assists and two turnovers while playing 38 minutes.
Wilson had a game-high 18 points to pace four double-figure scorers for the Boilermakers. KK Houser scored 13 points and had nine rebounds, while Liza Clemons and Moses each scored 10 points.
NOTES: Both teams are now 9-2 overall ... Purdue was ranked No. 18 in the latest AP poll ... The game was tied three times and there were four lead changes ... The game was the final of a three-game contract between the two schools ... The Falcons host St. Francis (Pa.) next Sunday with tipoff at 2 p.m.

PURDUE 57, BOWLING GREEN 48
BOWLING GREEN (9-2)
Rogers 5-9 6-6 16, Stein 1-6 0-0 2, Halfhill 5-17 3-4 15,  Donovan 1-14 0-0 2, Justinger 2-4 0-0 4, Matthews 2-7 3-4 7,  Hoekstra 1-6 0-0 2, Konieczki 0-2 0-0 0, Siefker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-65 12-14 48.
PURDUE (9-2)
Clemons 4-6 2-2 10, Moses 3-10 3-3 10, Williams 1-1 0-0 2,  Houser 4-14 4-4 13, Wilson 5-9 5-7 18, Thornton 0-3 0-0 0,  Hamby 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 0-0 2-2 2, Bays 1-3 0-0 2, Redmon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 16-18 57.
Halftime—Tied 23-23. 3-Point Goals—Bowling Green 2-19 (Halfhill 2-8,  Rogers 0-1, Hoekstra 0-1, Matthews 0-3, Donovan 0-6), Purdue 5-12  (Wilson 3-3, Moses 1-4, Houser 1-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Bowling  Green 39 (Halfhill 10), Purdue 36 (Houser 9). Assists—Bowling Green 8  (Halfhill 3), Purdue 14 (Houser 4). Total Fouls—Bowling Green 16, Purdue  19. A—7,794.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 06:01
 

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