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(Updated 10:10 p.m.) Stein helps BG women down Duquesne to advance in WNIT (3-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 19:19
BG’s Jill Stein (middle) protects the ball from Duquesne’s Orsi Szecsi (left) and Stasia King (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Coaches are always looking for the player who will be an ‘X’ factor.
Over the last six weeks, Jill Stein has developed into that player for the Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team. PHOTO GALLERY
Stein, a 6-foot-2 junior, scored 13 straight points on her way to a career-high 16 points in Bowling Green’s 61-54 win over Duquesne in the second-round of the WNIT Saturday in the Stroh Center. The Falcons (24-10) host Drexel (24-10) on Thursday in a third-round game with tipoff at 7 p.m.
“This time of year it’s about players, besides your marquee players stepping up. And she certainly did that coming off the bench,’’ Duquesne head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said about Stein.
Stein started her personal 13-0 run with a 25-foot 3-pointer as the shot clock was nearing zero.
“That was, I would say, 70 percent luck,’’ Stein said.
‘‘When it did go in, it was awesome,’’ Stein added. ‘‘That’s when it all kind of started ... building off that and running with it and feeling good.’’
The basket with 10:59 left in the game, energized the crowd and the Falcons, and gave BG a 39-38 lead.
‘‘Whenever that happens, when your opponent scores like that, it’s really awful,’’ Stein said. ‘‘For that to happen for us, because usually it doesn’t, I knew it was good. I knew that had to be the catalyst.
‘‘I was feeling pretty good and a know a couple of others were too, so we just used that and got going from there.’’
Duquesne scored two quick baskets after Stein’s 3-pointer, but that didn’t deter Stein or her teammates.
‘‘When we got the lead I think it was like a big ‘Let’s go time’ for all of us,’’ Stein said. ‘‘Even though they got it back quickly, we knew we were in it and we were fighting and we were not going to let up.
‘‘The crowd went crazy and everybody feeds off that,’’ Stein continued. ‘‘We just knew this was the time to push; we have to go and we have to go now.’’
And it was Stein who got the Falcons going as she followed the triple with two free throws and two layups, both on assists from Alexis Rogers.
Then a jumper from Stein, again as the shot clock was running out, gave BG a 47-45 lead with 5:12 left to play. The Falcons never trailed again.
‘‘She hit two shots with the shot-clock running down – and they both were contested,” McConnell-Serio said of Stein. “Those were back-breakers.’’
‘‘By far the momentum-changer, as everybody knows, would be Jill Stein’s two buckets right at the buzzer,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘The kid made plays.’’
Stein capped her 13-0 run with a layup off an offensive rebound with 4:05 left.
‘‘Sometimes as a player you are just really confident. I knew my team was confident in me, because Roos kept calling plays to get us post touches,’’ Stein said. ‘‘When the first couple fell, I felt good about it so I just kind of milked it as long as I could and it worked for us.’’
After’s Stein 13-0 run, Bowling Green put the game away at the free-throw line, with 10 of its final 12 points coming on free throws. Chrissy Steffen scored six of BG’s last 12 points, on a basket and a 4-of-5 effort from the line. Miriam Justinger and Jillian Halfhill were both 3-of-4 from the line in the final 3:28.
‘‘We won the game at the foul line,’’ Roos said. ‘‘We made 22-of-28, that’s a fantastic stat.’’
Coming off the bench, Stein has scored six or more points in each of BG’s last 13 games, reaching double figures in each of the last four games.
In that 13-game span Stein has scored 107 points (8.2 ppg) and pulled down 69 rebounds (5.3 rebounds per game).
‘‘This is the time of year I want to be peaking, so I’m glad it’s happening now,’’ Stein said.
‘‘She has played extremely hard and good things happen when people play hard,’’ Roos said.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 09:29

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