BGSU Women's Basketball Team Downs Ohio in MAC Tournament Action

Updated 2/28/2000
The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team led from start to finish en route to an 84-70 victory over visiting Ohio University in Mid-American Conference Tournament first-round action on February 28th at BG's venerable Anderson Arena.

BGSU, the seventh seed in the tournament, opened the game on an 11-1 run over the first five minutes. Dana Western, who scored five points in that span, closed the run with a three-point field goal. Ohio's first basket came on a conventional three-point play by Beckie Fischer at the 14:33 mark. An Angie Farmer triple followed by a Western layup gave the Falcons a 16-4 lead before OU's Cathy Szall got hot. Szall made her first three-point attempts of the night, while Jacquie Negrelli added one of her own in a 2:27 span. Szall's final trey of that stretch cut the Falcon lead to 26-16, but BG's Jaymee Wappes hit a "three" just 19 seconds later. After the squads traded layups, another Farmer triple gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the half, 34-18, with 8:54 remaining.

OU promptly went on a 13-2 run over the next six minutes, with Heather Laughlin doing most of the damage. Laughlin hit three triples in that stretch and, when the smoke had cleared, BG's lead was just five points at 36-31.

The Falcons righted the ship, scoring the next 10 points. Farmer and Kim Griech hit triples, Afra Smith canned a jumper and Wappes drained a pair of free throws. Two OU charity tosses cut the BG lead to 13 points at the half.

In the second stanza, the Falcons again opened quickly. BG scored the first nine points of the stanza, with Miller registering the last five. The sophomore had game-high totals of 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Brown and Orange led by 22 points, the largest margin of the game, at the 14:25 mark.

After the teams traded baskets, the Bobcats slowly chipped away at the lead. Negrelli scored eight consecutive points as part of a 9-0 OU run. The 'Cats were within 10 at the 8:42 mark, and got as close as eight points when Szall hit her second three-pointer in a 1:11 span. Szall, who had six treys and a team-high 20 points, had narrowed the gap to 65-57 with 6:24 remaining.

After Miller split a pair of free throws, Smith converted an old-fashioned three-point play, but Laughlin's fourth triple of the night cut the lead to 69-60 at the 5:20 mark. It was, however, as close as the Bobcats would get for the remainder of the night.

Miller made back-to-back layups in a 19-second span, both off of long outlet passes from Smith, and -- after a pair of Szall free throws -- hit another layup at the 3:59 mark. The Falcon sophomore scored 10 consecutive points for her team, with the last four points coming at the stripe. BGSU made eight-straight charity tosses to put the game on ice. In addition to Miller, Farmer was in double digits for the hosts, with 17 points, while Wappes and Western had 11 apiece. BG shot .563 from the floor in the first half and .525 for the game.

The Bobcats, paced by Szall's 20 points, also got 19 from Negrelli and 14 from Laughlin. OU converted at a 40.7 percent rate from the floor, and had the same success rate from three-point land, making 11 treys in 27 attempts. BG, the national leaders in three-point field goals per game, made eight triples, all in the first half. The Falcons, 8-of-14 from three-point land in that 20 minutes, missed all five attempts from beyond the arc in the second stanza.

The host Falcons held a 36-28 rebounding edge, led by Miller's 10 and Sherry Kahle's nine. Wappes had a game-high eight assists and just one turnover.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Falcons, the team's longest streak since an eight-game span during the 1997-98 season. With the victory, the Falcons improve to 11-16 on the season, and advance to the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament to face second-seeded Western Michigan. That game will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 2) at Cleveland's Public Hall.

Ohio, the 10th seed for the MAC Tournament, ends the season with an overall record of 11-17.