CLEVELAND (Mar. 2) -- Second-seeded Western Michigan University made a Mid-American Conference-record 17 three-point field goals and finished with an 87-63 victory over seventh-seeded Bowling Green State University in a MAC Tournament quarterfinal on March 2 at Public Hall.
The Broncos shot 17-of-39 from three-point range, breaking the previous MAC mark of 16 and the MAC Tournament record of 11, which had been tied by Eastern Michigan University earlier in the day against Miami University. First-team All-MAC selection Shelsea Erving and Dionne Lassila each drilled five three-pointers for Western Michigan to tie the MAC Tournament individual record.
Erving paced Western Michigan with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. She did most of her damage in the first half with 16 points and nine boards before the break. Lassila had 15 points and MAC Freshman of the Year Kristin Koetsier added 14.
At one point in the second half, the Broncos made three-pointers on three of four possessions and took their biggest lead at 78-47 with 7:05 remaining on a three-pointer by sophomore Brianne Gallert. The Falcons never got any closer than 22 points at 85-63 on a three-pointer by Angie Farmer with 14 seconds to play.
Senior Sherry Kahle had team-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Bowling Green, while junior Afra Smith netted 14 points.
In the first half, the Falcons held Western Michigan scoreless for the first 3:35 of the game but scored only two points of their own in that time. That left the door open for the MAC West Division champion Broncos to regroup and surge to a 17-6 lead at the 11:16 mark. They pushed their lead to as many as 20 points (40-20) and were up 43-28 at halftime.
Western Michigan advances to the tournament semifinals to face the University of Toledo on Friday, March 3 at 9 p.m.