First half dooms Falcon women

MIAMI – Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team dropped a 64-53 decision to Hampton in
the first round of the FIU Sun and Fun Classic Monday night in Miami.
The Falcons (7-3) fell behind Hampton (4-8), 36-18 at halftime and could only cut the deficit to 10
points the rest of the way.
Turnovers haunted Bowling Green in the first half as Hampton scored 21 points off miscues in the opening
20 minutes, when the Falcons committed 12 of their 18 turnovers.
"Their defensive pressure threw us into a tailspin that was pretty tough to recover from,"
Bowling Green coach Jennifer Roos said. "… Anytime (Hampton) tried to trap our ball screens and
we would roll out, we had trouble making that pass.
"They had a little bit of an answer with what we were trying to do."
Bowling Green trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half before cutting its deficit to 10 points
on five occassions in the final seven minutes.
Deborah Hoekstra led the Falcons with 13 points, while Rachel Myers added 10.
"It was a tail of two halves, but unfortunately we had dug ourselves too big of a hole, Roos
Bowling Green shot just 15-of-43 (35 percent) from the floor.
The Falcons were without leading scorer Erica Donovan for the second straight game. Also out with injury
was Jasmine Matthews, Lauren Webb and Leah Bolton. They all missed Bowling Green’s last game on Dec. 21.

"This was our second game without a couple of starters, so I was happy with how they
responded," Roos said.