Two players with a total of five years of major college basketball experience have made their way to the
flatlands of Northwest Ohio.
The duo — Tamika Nurse and Maggie Hennegan — are already being penciled in as starters for Bowling
Green’s women’s basketball team after sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules. Both were
recruited by the Falcons during their prep careers, before deciding to go elsewhere. And now both hope
to help Bowling Green reach the NCAA tournament.
Nurse, a 5-feet-8 guard, played for three years at the University of Oregon. Hennegan, a 6-0
forward/center, played two seasons for St. Louis University.
“It’s not inconceivable that both of them will be starters this season,” BG head coach Curt Miller said.
Returning starters for the Falcons are senior Tara Breske, 6-0 center and juniors Lauren Prochaska, 5-11
guard, and Tracy Pontius, 5-6 guard. Junior Jen Uhl, 6-1 forward, started the final 13 games of the
season, but would be replaced by Hennegan in Miller’s scenario.
Nurse, who played her high school basketball at St. Thomas More in Hamilton, Ontario, can play both
point-guard and the off-guard and will also be called upon to fill the defensive stopper role filled by
Lindsey Goldsberry the last few seasons.
“Tamika is lightening fast, one of the fastest kids I’ve had the good fortune to coach,” Miller said.
“Tamika played three great years in the PAC-10 and played against some of the elite players out there
and certainly was having a great career.
“But what is under-rated about her is that she is a tremendous 3-point shooter. In a very, very good
league, she was over a 30 percent career 3-point shooter. That’s been a pleasant surprise for us,”
Hennegan, who played high school basketball at Cincinnati St. Ursula, is being counted on to be a
physical presence inside.
“Maggie without question is the probably the best back-to-the-basket post player we have in the program,”
Miller said. “But she can also go extend you at the (3-point) arcs. She is the multi-dimensional post
player that we love to play with. She can help extend the floor.
“She’s really going to impact our program.”
Hennegan, who was able to practice with the Falcons last season, is looking forward to getting onto the
“You definitely get a sense of urgency because you have been pent up for a whole year just watching the
team develop,” Hennegan said. “Playing basketball is something that I absolutely love to do so the
opportunity to do it out on the court in the games, with this team especially, is a great experience.
“It’s great to have this much talent. If we can put this much talent together and be able play as a team
we can really have some things to look forward to together.”
Hennegan had 368 rebounds in two seasons at St. Louis.
“I love going to the boards … Rebounding really is … a frame of mind,” Hennegan said. “You know that
ball is just as much yours as anyone else’s when it’s put up there on the boards,” Hennegan said. “So I
try to get it for the team as much as I can.”
Even though she did not play last season, Hennegan was elected a team captain along with Breske and
senior Sarah Clapper.
ILLNESS: Prochaska has been struggling with the flu bug and then it was discovered she had mononucleosis.
“We’ve been pretty healthy this preseason for the majority of our team. Unfortunately the leader and best
player in the program, Lauren Prochaska, has really battled the flu. We just got her over the flu and
she got diagnosed that she really did indeed also have mono,” Miller said. “She’ll be fine and hopefully
by game time this year, she’ll be ready to go.”
TICKETS: As of Friday afternoon a record 500 season tickets had been sold for the Falcon women. The
previous mark was 491.
EXHIBITION: The Falcons host the University of Findlay Wednesday in an exhibition game with tipoff at 7
p.m. Admission is free.