BG women roll past Kent, 82-38 (2-27-14)

BG’s Deborah Hoekstra
(right) makes a drive on Kent’s Larissa Lurken. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)

Bowling Green’s women’s basketball team took care of business Thursday night against Kent State.
With four players scoring in double figures, and a rock-solid defensive effort in the second half, the
Falcons rolled past the Golden Flashes, 82-38. PHOTO GALLERY

It was
the 100th career victory for the current senior class of Jillian Halfhill, Alexis Rogers, and Jill
Stein.
‘‘To get the 100th win tonight was just an amazing feat,’’ Halfhill said. ‘‘You don’t think about it. You
just go out there and play Bowling Green basketball. That’s what we’ve been taught to do since our
freshman year. You look up to the upperclassmen, and just keep going, you just keep playing.
‘‘I am very proud of them as a unit,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos said. ‘‘They are being rewarded for
all their hard work.’’
The 38 points are the fewest allowed by the Falcons this season. The previous low was 39 points, against
Kent State on Jan. 9.
‘‘We really pride ourselves on our defense this year,’’ Halfhill said. ‘‘We wanted to hold them to less
than we did the last time. We ended up doing that by one, which is really cool to do.
‘‘We knew what was coming today. We really went over their plays. … We knew their plays inside and out
which is really a credit to the coaching staff on that one,’’ Halfhill said.
Also the Falcons broke the 80-point barrier for the seventh time this season, shooting 56.9 percent from
the field, including 50 percent on 3-pointers.
Rogers led the Falcons with 18 points, Halfhill scored 15, Jasmine Matthews added 13, going 4-of-5 on
3-pointers, and Erica Donovan scored 11 points.
‘‘We had a lot of different kids step up and make shots for us, inside and outside, and we got to the
(free-throw) line,’’ Roos said.
Kent State shot 70.6 percent from the field in the first half, but trailed 41-26 at the break due in part
to Bowling Green scoring 18 points off 13 KSU turnovers and going 7-of-11 on 3-pointers.
‘‘Even though we took an early lead, I never felt comfortable in the first half,’’ Roos said.
The Falcons scored five points in the final eight seconds of the first half to take the 15-point lead.
Halfhill nailed a 3-pointer and was fouled. She missed the foul shot, but Stein grabbed the offensive
rebound. Stein’s shot would not fall, but Rogers was there to grab another offensive rebound and her
layup beat the halftime buzzer.
‘‘The five-point possession was a big turning point,’’ Roos said.
Bowling Green then turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and pulled away for the 44-point
win.
Kent State was only 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) from the field in the second half, while scoring 12 points.

‘‘Our kids did a much better job in the second half defensively, forcing contested shots, and forcing
shots at the end of the shot clock,’’ Roos said.
‘‘We tried to literally memorize Kent State’s plays, and Kent State’s play calls,’’ Roos added.
Roos brought in the reserves with 14:43 remaining to play, and eight of nine Falcons who played, scored
in the game.
‘‘I was pleased that we got good minutes from everybody. We have very balanced minutes, and balanced
scoring,’’ Roos said.
NOTES: Bowling Green is 24-3 overall and 14-1 in the Mid-American Conference with three conference games
remaining … Kent State falls to 6-20, 3-12 … The current senior class is the ninth in school
history, and eighth straight to reach 100 wins … The Falcons held a 13-0 edge in second-chance points,
a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points, a 26-5 edge in points off the bench, and a 31-26 edge in rebounds
… Bowling Green hosts Ohio on Sunday with tipoff at 2 p.m. for Senior Day.