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BGSU women's noter: Falcons still have hope for NCAA bid (3-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 March 2014 20:21
CLEVELAND — Now the talk is about Bowling Green’s body of work.
The Falcons won the Mid-American Conference regular-season title and were two victories away from the MAC tournament title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Ball State had other ideas Friday afternoon in the MAC tournament semifinals, outscoring the Falcons 40-28 in the second half on the way to a 73-55 victory.
Now the Falcons have to wait until Monday evening to learn their postseason fate when the NCAA pairings are announced.
If the selection committee thinks enough of the Falcons’ resume, Bowling Green could get an at-large bid to the tournament, although at-large bids are rare for MAC teams.
If Bowling Green’s name is not announced Monday, the Falcons are guaranteed a spot in the WNIT by virtue of winning the MAC regular season title.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 21:59
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(updated 8:20 p.m.) Ball State too much for Falcon women (3-14-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Edito   
Friday, 14 March 2014 14:59
BG's Erica Donovan (21) is batted down by Ball State's Brittany Carter (left) and Nathalie Fontaine (right) as teammate Alexis Rogers (32) is seen while defended by Ball State's Katie Murphy (33).
BG's Erica Donovan (21) is batted down by Ball State's Brittany Carter (left) and Nathalie Fontaine (right) as teammate Alexis Rogers (32) is seen while defended by Ball State's Katie Murphy (33). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
CLEVELAND — Ball State is on a free roll and that quickly showed Friday afternoon in Quicken Loans Arena.
Playing their fifth game in the last seven days, and the third straight game in the Mid-American Conference tournament, the No. 5 seeded Cardinals had their way with the top-seeded Bowling Green Falcons.
Ball State let it fly from the 3-point arc, took away BG’s inside game, and played better than the Falcons on the way to a 73-55 victory. Bowling Green came into Friday’s semifinal on a bye after winning the regular season title.  PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘We normally go with stops and scores. We couldn’t get stops. We struggled a little bit to get scores,’’ BG senior Jillian Halfhill said. ‘‘So it was hard for us to cope with them making their shots, and us trying to score on the offensive end.’’
‘‘This was not a game about what if’s,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘Ball State shot the ball better. We could not put the ball in the basket.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 08:09
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Kunyk, Daniels win major awards (03-14-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff   
Friday, 14 March 2014 09:36
MADISON, Wis. - Alaska's Cody Kunyk was the player of the year and Ferris State's Bob Daniels was the coach of the year on the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association teams announced Thursday.
Kunyk, a senior forward, leads the league in scoring with 42 points in 34 games, He has 22 goals and 20 assists.
Daniels guided Ferris to the WCHA championship.
The Bulldogs finished league play with a 20-6-2 record and are 25-9-3 overall. Ferris is ranked sixth nationally.
Other award winners were:
• First-team: forwards Kunyk, Matt Bailey of Alaska-Anchorage and Matt Leitner of Minnesota; defensemen Colton Parayko of Alaska and Zach Palmquist of MSU; and goalie C.J. Motte of Ferris.
• Second-team: forwards Jean-Paul Lafontaine of MSU, Colton Beck of Alaska and Garrett Thompson of Ferris; defensemen of Scott Czarnowczan of Ferris and Kevin Czuczman of Ferris; and goalie Cole Huggins of MSU.
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Dufour makes smooth transition to college hockey (03-14-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 14 March 2014 09:39
Kevin Dufour's had a smooth transition to college hockey.
The freshman left wing has been a regular in Bowling Green's lineup this season.
Dufour has nine goals and seven assists entering this weekend's Western Collegiate Hockey Association quarterfinal series with Michigan Tech.
The best-of-3 series is tonight, Saturday and, if necessary, and Sunday.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder has parlayed excellent skating and offensive skills into a spot on one of BG's top three forward lines.
Dufour is playing left wing on a line with center Dan DeSalvo and right wing Adam Berkle, who are two of BG's best offensive players. He's also skating on the power play.
Dufour started the season on the fourth line and quickly worked his way up the depth chart.
"From the day he got here until now, he's been open to the coaching. He's been willing to listen and work," BG coach Chris Bergeron said.
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Carle's Corner: BG women have elite program in MAC (03-13-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:31
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It all started to germinate and grow three decades ago when a very successful high school coach was picked to take over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball program.
Now, the Falcons are the elite program in the Mid-American Conference.
This is the 30th season since Fran Voll started his Bowling Green coaching career for the 1984-85 season.
Voll helped nurture the culture and set a standard of excellence that is now expected for the Falcon women.
''It's a level of tradition that has been carried on from one coaching staff to another coaching staff and so forth,'' current BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ''There is a lot of high expectations involved in this program, and we talk about that in the recruiting process for players and coaches.''
There have only eight losing seasons for the Falcons in the past 30 years.
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