#2 Bowling Green 51, #5 Eastern Michigan 46
MAC Women's Championship Game
CLEVELAND, Ohio -
Locked in a tight defensive battle, a fast-break, behind-the-back pass from Tracy Pontius to Lauren Prochaska for an easy lay-up sparked a 7-0 run by the Bowling Green Falcons that gave them a 42-35 lead at the eight-minute mark of the second half. The Falcons then put the game away at the line, hitting 19-22 from the stripe on their way to the 2011 Mid-American Conference title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles 51-46.
Things didn't come easily for either team all day as neither team shot above 28 percent in either half. Eastern Michigan's 24.6 % as well as Bowling Green's 24.1% were their second-worst shooting performances of the season as both teams were held more than twenty points below than their season averages.
Prochaska earned Tournament MVP honors after a game-high 20, 11 of her 13 second-half points coming from the charity stripe. Pontius was the other Falcon in double-figures with 13.
Tavelyn James had 11 of Eastern Michigan's 21 first-half points and finished with 19 for the Eagles.
Bowling Green led the for the game's first 22 minutes before a Sydney Huntley lay-up gave EMU its first advantage at 25-24 with 17:34 remaining. Bowling Green quickly regained the lead but remained close until Pontius found Prochaska off a steal followed quickly by a trey from sophomore Chrissy Steffen to extend the lead to two possessions. The Falcons had their largest lead with five minutes to go at 45-36 and scored nine of their last 11 points from the stripe to seal the win. All-MAC Tournament Team
Melissa Goodall, Toledo
Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan
Cassie Schrock, Eastern Michigan
Tracy Pontius, Bowling GreenLauren Prochaska, Bowling Green (Tournament MVP)
-Bowling Green improves to 11-2 in MAC Championship games all-time. Eastern Michigan drops to 1-1 with its other appearance coming in 2004, a 65-56 win against Bowling Green.
-Eastern Michigan became the first #5 seed and highest seed to ever play in a MAC championship game on the women's side of the draw.
-AnnMarie Gilbert has never beaten Bowling Green and now sports a career record of 0-5 against the Falcons, the only MAC school she has not defeated in her tenure.
-The win puts Bowling Green at 28-4, exactly on its average for wins in the past six seasons.
-46 of Bowling Green's 51 points were scored by seniors.
-Kristin Thomas more than doubled her rebounds per game average with 14 boards in 30 minutes of action before fouling out.
-Bowling Green doubled up the Eagles in 2nd
chance points at 14-7 despite EMU grabbing 21 offensive rebounds in the contest to the Falcons' 11.