Falcons flatten Jaguars 84-70, improve to 8-1

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bowling Green State University women’s basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season with an 84-70 win at IUPUI Thursday evening.

“This was a great team win on the road,” BGSU coach Robyn Fralick said. “It was definitely a game of runs, but I thought our team had good collective toughness and showed the composure to stick together and continue to find ways to play effective basketball.”

Nyla Hampton paced the Falcons at both ends of the floor, with game-high totals of 23 points and five steals as BGSU tied the program record for best start to a season. Jocelyn Tate chipped in with 14 points for the Falcons.

Allison Day and Sophie Dziekan each scored 12 points in the win. Day went 5-for-7 from the floor and had a team-leading four assists, while Dziekan had her 12 points – a career-high total – in just 13 minutes, and tied Tate for team honors with six rebounds.

Elissa Brett had nine points, going 3-for-4 from three-point land.

The Falcons forced the Jaguars (4-6) into 21 turnovers on the night, while committing only nine themselves. BGSU enjoyed advantages of 30-9 in points off turnovers and 58-32 in points in the paint.

BGSU has won six-straight games, and the Falcons are now 5-1 in road games this season.

Jazmyn Turner, a transfer from Ball State, went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field en route to a team-leading 17 points for the Jags, while Akron transfer Destiny Perkins scored 15.

BGSU shot 49.3% for the game, while IUPUI shot 54.2% from the field. But, the Falcons held a 35-28 advantage on the boards and because of the advantage in turnovers, the Falcons took 71 shots to the Jags’ 48.

BGSU hit 35 total field goals, and the Falcons went 5-of-15 from three-point land. IUPUI was 8-for-22 from the arc and made 26 total field goals on the night.

BG also had advantages in points in the paint (58-32), second-chance points (11-2), bench scoring (21-9) and fast-break points (11-10).

The Falcons will return to the road, flying to Texas for the South Padre Island Classic. BGSU will face Texas A&M-Commerce on Monday before meeting UTRGV Tuesday evening.

BGSU’s next home game is on Dec. 30, when Findlay comes to the Stroh Center.