BOWLING GREEN — When Bowling Green State University opened its season in the Iona Tip-Off Tournament, it did so in style.
A 63-52 win over Michigan in its first game of that tournament may have set the tone for the 29-4 season that has ensued for the Falcons and has helped Jennifer Roos gain coach of the year recognition in Region 4 of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
The Wolverines will get their chance for payback at 7 p.m. today, but they’ll have to take care of it on BGSU’s home floor at the Stroh Center in the third round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Bowling Green is 15-0 at the Stroh Center this season, including victories over High Point and St. Bonaventure in the WNIT.
Michigan is 20-13, with its WNIT victories coming over Stony Brook and Duquesne.
The winner between the Falcons and the Wolverines will take on either Rutgers (24-9) or Seton Hall (20-13) at a time and place to be determined.
Three seniors help lead the way for BGSU, with 6-foot-1 forward Alexis Rogers averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, 5-6 point guard Jillian Halfhill recording 13.2 points. 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest and 6-2 center Jill Stein pulling down 8.4 rebounds. Sophomore Erica Donovan averages 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Shannon Smith, a 5-7 junior guard, averages 14.0 points and 3.6 assists for Michigan, while 5-7 freshman guard Siera Thompson scores at a 13.3 clip. Nicole Elmblad, a 5-11 junior forward, averages 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds, and 6-3 junior forward Cyesha Goree is good for 12.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per outing.
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