Falcons win 4th straight, downing Valparaiso, 92-61

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team burst out to an early lead Friday evening and the Falcons never looked back.

BGSU rolled along to a 92-61 win over Valparaiso University in non-conference action at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Five players scored in double digits for the Falcons (6-1), who have now won four games in a row. BGSU shot a season-high 55.4% from the field on Friday night, and the Falcons made 14 of 24 shots (58.3%) from three-point range.

BGSU junior guard Nyla Hampton led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points, going 6-for-7 from the field. Junior guard Lexi Fleming had 14 points, hitting 3-of-4 shots from long distance and adding four assists.

Senior guards Elissa Brett and Morgan Sharps scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while sophomore guard Amy Velasco added 10. Brett was 3-of-5 from the arc, with Sharps knocking down four triples and adding three steals. Velasco had five rebounds and five assists.

BGSU sophomore guard Jocelyn Tate had nine points and led the Falcons with eight rebounds and six assists.

For the Beacons (2-4), Ali Saunders had 16 points and Leah Earnest 13.

After the teams traded buckets to begin the game, the Falcons went on a 12-0 run to seize control. BGSU led by a 30-11 count after the first quarter, and the Falcons had a 50-24 advantage at the half. BGSU’s lead never fell below 22 points in the second half.

The Falcons will take a break for fall semester exams, before heading south to face East Tennessee State on Dec. 11. That game will begin at 2 p.m. at Brooks Gym.

BGSU will return to the state of Indiana, facing IUPUI on Dec. 15. BGSU’s next home game is on Dec. 30