Massachusetts Concludes Ohio Trip Thursday At Bowling Green
Dec. 18, 2013
Most Recent Meeting: Bowling Green 64, Massachusetts 61
The Minutewomen extended their advantage to as much as seven during the second half, using a converted free throw by Rashida Timbilla with 8:01 to play to go in front, 52-45. However, Bowling Green fought back into the contest with a 12-5 run over the following five minutes of game action, tying it at 57-57 with 2:57 remaining on a Danielle Havel free throw. The back-and-forth play shown throughout much of the first half continued into the final minute of action, with Alexis Rogers giving the Falcons the lead for good, 62-61 on a pair of free throws with 28 seconds.
The Minutewomen earned a quality attempt on the other end of the court with two seconds remaining as Millie Niggeling's jumper from the paint rattled around the rim before falling to the left of the basket. Rogers was able to pull down the defensive rebound following the close miss and force UMass to foul, hitting the ensuing free throw attempts to reach the final score.
Scouting Bowling Green Women's Basketball
BGSU is on a four-game winning streak with victories over Old Dominion, Ohio State, Monmouth and most recently Milwaukee on Dec. 8. The squad has also defeated Michigan, Iona, Niagara and Butler while its lone loss was to the perennial MAAC favorite, Marist.
Erica Donovan leads a well-rounded group of scorers with 12.1 points per game earned on a 42-for-77 mark on field goal attempts (54.5 percent) and 17-of-27 performance from the free throw line (62.0 percent) over nine starts in as many games played.
Alexis Rogers has nearly matched Donovan's success, producing 12.0 points in each game while securing the second-most rebounds on the team with 8.0 pulled down per appearance. Jillian Halfhill follows with 11.3 points per game while Miriam Justinger chips in 9.7 and Deborah Hoekstra provides 7.9 in each contest.
As a team, Bowling Green is limiting foes to just 57.0 points per game against 69.3 produced for a +12.3 margin in scoring. The Falcons also hold a sizeable advantage in rebounding, 39.7-to-30.9 with more assists, 122-92 and steals, 65-56.
Jennifer Roos is in her second season as the head coach of Bowling Green and 13th year working with the program overall. She holds a 32-12 record at the helm of the squad and previously helped the Falcons as an assistant for 11 seasons, including eight as the associate head coach.
Last Time Out: UMass Rallies To Defeat Kent State, 69-61
Amber Dunlap and Montia Johnson each earned 14 points for Kent State. Mikell Chinn and Janae Peterson provided seven rebounds apiece to lead the Golden Flashes.
Down by as much as six in the second half, 39-33, the Minutewomen used a 14-3 run to move in front, 47-42 with 12:15 left to play. Pierre-Louis started the stretch with a layup before Henry added a basket at the rim. Pierre-Louis secured the next five UMass points of the game to turn a 39-37 deficit into a 42-39 advantage.
Larissa Lurken answered for Kent State, hitting the back-end of two free throws before knocking down a jumper during the Golden Flashes ensuing chance down the floor to even the game at 42-42.
However, Harris drew a foul and hit both attempts at the foul line and Mital knocked down a three-pointer to push the Minutewomen in front for good, 47-42.
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Pierre-Louis Then And Now
In comparison, during her sophomore season Pierre-Louis only produced 4.4 points per game while shooting 32-of-72 on field goal attempts (44.4 percent) and 19-of-28 on free throws (67.9 percent).