Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Bowling Green 64, UNLV 54
Youngstown State 76, Miami 56
Duquesne 62, Ohio 55
Stetson 78, Ball State 66
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Bowling Green 64, UNLV 54
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (BGSU Athletic Communications) - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team hit a season-high 12 three-point field goals en route to a 64-54 win over host UNLV Sunday afternoon (Nov. 25). The consolation-round game in the Lady Rebel Round-Up was held at Cox Pavilion.
Sophomore Jasmine Matthews scored a career-high 16 points, pacing three double-digit scorers, in the win. Matthews tied her career standard with four three-pointers, all in the first half.
Matthews was named to the Lady Rebel Round-Up All-Tournament Team.
Seniors Danielle Havel and Chrissy Steffen joined Matthews in double digits, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively. Havel was one of three players to grab eight rebounds as the Falcons held a 41-35 advantage on the boards.
Havel also had a game-high four assists, as the Falcons had 19 assists on 23 baskets as a team.
Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers and true junior Jill Stein each pulled down eight rebounds in the game, with Rogers adding seven points and three assists. Junior Jillian Halfhill had nine points, six boards and three assists on the day.
The Falcons spotted the Lady Rebels a 4-0 lead, and BG trailed by an 8-5 score when a Matthews three-pointer from the left corner began an 8-0 run that gave the Falcons the lead for good. Rogers made two free throws during that run, and Matthews followed with a second triple, a trailing three from a Halfhill pass, for a 13-8 BG advantage.
Rmanii Haynes stopped that BGSU run with a steal and layup, but Havel hit a layup off of a nice drive and dish from Rogers. Then, Steffen knocked down a long-range shot, and Halfhill converted a driving layup for a 20-10 BGSU lead.
Junior Katrina Salinas assisted on back-to-back triples, first finding freshman Miriam Justinger outside the arc, then spotting a wide-open Matthews in the left corner. The latter shot gave the Falcons a 26-16 advantage.
Matthews hit her fourth three-pointer of the half, and BG's lead grew to 13 points after steals by Rogers and Halfhill, respectively. The latter theft resulted in Steffen's transition layup that gave the Brown and Orange a 32-19 advantage with 4:22 left in the half.
Alana Cesarz, who led the Lady Rebels with 17 points, made back-to-back layups, and a putback by Kelli Thompson cut BG's lead to seven.
Halfhill knocked down a triple try with two minutes to go in the half, but Cesarz scored four-straight points to cut BGSU's lead to 35-29 at the intermission.
The Falcons had 11 assists on 11 first-half buckets.
The second half saw UNLV score the first four points to get within two, and the hosts had several chances to tie the contest. But, the Lady Rebels missed a shot, then turned the ball over on the next possession.
Then, Rogers put back her own missed shot, Steffen drained a rainbow three and Matthews stole the ball from Hayes and sailed in for a layup. When Havel hit an 'and-one' layup and converted the resulting free throw, BGSU's lead was 12 points, at 45-33.
That lead grew to a game-high 15 when Rogers hit a straightaway trey at the 13:27 mark.
Thompson knocked down a three to snap a 13-0 run by the Falcons, and the home team slowly rallied. But, the Brown and Orange hit enough shots to maintain the lead. Stein hit a jumper in the paint off of a Havel pass midway through the period, and Steffen knocked down a three-pointer from dead center with seven minutes left.
The Lady Rebels got as close as six points, 57-51, when Thompson made a layup, then split a pair of free throws with 3:31 remaining. But, Matthews knocked down a jumper, then fed Havel for a triple and an 11-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes on the clock.
Steffen got into position to take a charge from Cesarz, giving the ball back to BG. Then, Stein hit a jumper at the shot-clock buzzer, giving the Falcons a 64-51 lead with a minute left, and a Danielle Miller three-pointer closed the game's scoring.
In addition to the 17 points from Cesarz, the Lady Rebels got 13 points from Thompson and 10 from Rejane Verin.
The Falcons shot 39.0 percent for the game, including a 12-for-27 effort (44.4%) in the second period. BG held UNLV to a 36.8% success rate on the afternoon.
The Brown and Orange went 12-of-31 from long distance and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. UNLV was 4-of-14 from beyond the arc and 8-of-12 from the stripe.
Villanova won the championship game of the Lady Rebel Round-Up. After beating the Falcons by 11 points in Saturday's first round, the Wildcats topped Montana, 74-49, in the title game.
BGSU returns home for the next three games, beginning with a Wednesday (Nov. 28) contest vs. Temple. That game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center.
Youngstown State 76, Miami 56
OXFORD, Ohio - A hot-shooting Youngstown State team pulled away in the second half to defeat Miami, 76-56, Sunday afternoon and end the RedHawks' three-game winning streak. Courtney Osborn led the team with 15 points. Miami falls to 3-2 on the season, while the Penguins improve to 4-0.
Tied at 25 after the RedHawks held YSU to 34.5 percent shooting (10-for-29) in the first half, the Penguins would shoot a blistering 63.6 percent (14-for-22), en route to scoring 51 points in the second half to come away with the victory.
Youngstown State opened an 8-2 lead to begin the contest. The RedHawks struggled to get their offense moving as they managed only eight points over the first 13 minutes. The Penguins built the advantage to 17-8 during that time. Osborn would get Miami going when she hit a three-pointer at the 6:44 mark. After YSU answered with a layup to make it 19-11, the 'Hawks would keep the Penguins scoreless over the next five minutes as they went on a 12-0 run to take a 23-19 lead. During the run Osborn had an old-fashioned three-point play, while Kirsten Olowinski and Jessica Rupright each put in layups. Youngstown State responded with a 6-0 run of its own to take the advantage back at 25-23, but Kelsey Simon closed the first half with a pair of free throws to send the game into the break tied at 25.
After a free throw from the Penguins began the second half, Osborn buried another three-pointer to put the RedHawks up 28-26 with 18:55 remaining in the game. Youngstown State would answer with a 19-6 run that gave it control at 45-34 at the 13:59 mark. The Penguins pushed the advantage to 52-39 before a layup from Rupright and a three-pointer from Osborn made it 52-44 with 9:23 to go. That would be as close as Miami could get as a 15-7 run put the game out of reach at 67-51 at the 4:05 mark. YSU hit several free throws down the stretch to finish off the 76-56 victory.
Miami finished the game with a 37.7 percent (20-for-53) shooting percentage. Youngstown State outrebounded the RedHawks, 40-27, and got a lot of its points from the line, finishing 20-for-27 (74.1 percent).
Osborn added four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block to her 15 points. Olowinski finished with nine points, while Simon and Rupright each had eight.
Miami will hit the road for its next game as it travels to ninth-ranked Kentucky on Wednesday. The game will have a special start time of 11 a.m. due to an elementary school promotion the Wildcats are running. Tim Bray will have the call and an audio broadcast can be heard on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
Duquesne 62, Ohio 55
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior Shavon Robinson scored a team-high 18 points, but it was not enough as the Ohio University Women's Basketball Team (1-3) dropped a 62-55 decision to Duquesne Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Robinson (Canton, Ohio) scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half. She finished the game by going 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of 3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore teammate Mariah Byard (Mannington, W.Va.) also ended in double figures as she finished with 10 points. She also dished out a game-high four assists.
Senior guard Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up seven rebounds, tying a career high set during the 2010-11 season against Miami. She was an important part of a second half during which the Green and White out-rebounded Duquesne 17-12.
Belma Nurkic led the way for Duquesne, scoring 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting. She had a very strong second half, as 16 of her points came in the final 20 minutes of the game. Nurkic and the Dukes shot 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) from the field, including an 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) mark from three-point range. Wumi Agunbiade led all players with 13 rebounds.
Ohio jumped out to a 10-point lead at the 13:55 mark of the first half, leading 17-7, but the Dukes would respond with a 17-6 run to re-claim the lead at 24-23 with 5:05 remaining until the break. In the final five minutes of the first half, Ohio and Duquesne (4-1) traded baskets down the stretch as the Bobcats trailed the Dukes by just one point (32-31) heading into the locker room.
Byard scored a team-high 10 points in the first half as she connected on 2-of-4 shots from beyond the arc and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
As a team, the `Cats shot 37 percent from the field and hit at a 57.1 percent clip from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, Ohio reclaimed the lead at the 15:21 mark thanks to a mid-range jumper by Fowler. Less than six minutes later, Ohio increased its lead to nine with 9:52 to go in the game and appeared to be in control, but the Dukes would rally, holding the Bobcats without a field goal for nearly nine minutes to a earn a 56-53 lead with one minute to go in the game.
Duquesne went on to outscore Ohio 6-2 in the final minute to secure the win.
The Bobcats return to action on Thursday as they welcome Massachusetts to The Convocation Center. Thursday's game will be available to fans through a variety of outlets. Fans can watch and listen to the game live on OhioBobcats.com and it will be broadcast locally on WOUB-AM 1340. Robert Schreier (play-by-play) and Tyler Rosten (color) will be calling the action.
Stetson 78, Ball State 66
DELAND, Fla. - The Ball State women's basketball team (2-4) suffered a 78-66 loss at Stetson (3-3) Sunday afternoon in the Edmunds Center.
For the first time this season Ball State had five players score in double figures with junior guard Brandy Woody leading the way with 14 points. Junior forward Katie Murphy along with sophomore guard Brittany Carter each scored 12 points respectively. Freshman forward Nathalie Fontaine added 11 and sophomore Shelbie Justice ended the day with 10 points. Fontaine led the team defensively with nine rebounds.
Carter opened the second half with a trey that sparked a 5-0 run by the Cardinals to make it a36-33 ball game with not even two minutes shaved off the clock. After that Stetson went on an 8-2 run to go up by nine (44-35) at the 17:34 mark. The Hatters continued its hot shooting hand the remainder of the contest, eventually building a 16-point (58-42) cushion over Ball State with 12:43 left in the half.
The Cardinals would bring themselves within seven (62-55) at the 6:57 mark after orchestrating a 12-0 run to put them within reach of the Hatters after help from Justice, Fontaine, senior guard Shanee' Jackson and Murphy. But Stetsons school record of 14 made three pointers helped them secure the victory.
The game started off with one tie and one lead change before Stetson went on a 26-15 run to build its largest lead at the half 29-20 at the 5:09 mark. The Cardinals then went on a 6-0 run after back-to-back baskets from junior forward Katie Murphy and two free throws from sophomore guard Brittany Carter to close the Hatters gap to three (29-26) with 3:18 remaining in the first half. Stetson ended the half with an 8-2 run to which gave them the 36-28 halftime advantage over Ball State.
At the half Ball State outscored Stetson in the paint 14-to-8 while also shooting 43.5 percent from the field.
The Ball State women's basketball team continues its four game road swing as it travels to Murray State Thursday, Nov. 29 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Cardinals will then close out the trip Saturday, Dec. 1 at Austin Peay at 5:15 p.m.