Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Toledo 46, Georgia State 43
Central Michigan 73, Texas 65
Bowling Green 65, Dayton 40
Ole Miss 61, Eastern Michigan 58
Robert Morris 60, Kent State 51
Courtest of MAC Sports Information Departments
Toledo 46, Georgia State 43
ATLANTA, GA - Toledo claimed a hard-fought 46-43 victory over Georgia State on Sunday in the championship game of the GSU Holiday & Hoops Tournament inside the GSU Sports Arena. With the triumph, UT wraps up its non-conference slate with a 12-1 mark.
Senior Naama Shafir led the Rockets with 11 points, while junior Andola Dortch had 10 points to help extend their win streak to 11-consecutive games.
The three-time Mid-American Conference West Division champions also received stout efforts from senior Lecretia Smith (8 pts., 4 rebs.) and sophomore Inma Zanoguera (7 pts., career-high 14 rebs.) to capture an unprecedented fourth tourney crown this season.
Zanoguera was named the tourney MVP, contributing 8.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in this weekend's two victories. The Llucamajor, Spain native was joined on the all-tournament squad by senior Yolanda Richardson (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
The storyline in today's non-conference finale was UT's ability to get to the charity stripe and convert. The Rockets made 11 (of 16) free throws, while GSU (8-3) converted only two (of 6).
Toledo also displayed an exceptional effort defensively and limited the Panthers to 31.7 percent (19-of-60) from the floor and 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the free throw line to deny the home team their championship on their home court.
Kayla Nolan and Kendra Long paced Georgia State with 13 points each.
In a showdown where field goals were truly hard to come by, the Rockets received back-to-back layups from junior Brianna Jones and Richardson to give them an early 9-2 lead at the 12:59 mark.
UT would not score for the next five-plus minutes, while GSU countered with a 7-0 run to knot the difference at 9-9 with 7:56 left in opening half. Three different Panthers were credited with baskets in the burst to draw the teams even.
The score would be tied on three more occasions, before Georgia State utilized a 7-2 run to open up a 22-17 lead with 1:38 left before intermission. Nolan started the rally with a three-point play, while Cody Paulk and Long also contributed field goals to give the home team a two-possession lead.
Zanoguera singlehandedly kept Toledo within striking distance in the waning moments of the first half and accounted for the teams' five points to trim the deficit to 22-20 at the break.
GSU's Long buried a pair of triples to being the second half, extending its margin to 30-25 with 17:02 left in regulation.
The Panthers continued to press the action and six-straight points from Nolan made the score 36-30 at the 10:53 mark.
Toledo then seemed to find its grove offensively for a moment and responded with a game-changing 10-2 run to recapture the lead, 40-38, with 8:06 remaining. Shafir started the burst with a trey, followed by back-to-back layups from Smith and a three-point play by Dortch to give the visitors its first lead since the 4:21 mark in the opening period.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they were unable to sustain that momentum. With the shots just not falling, UT relied on its defense to maintain its advantage and it delivered. Neither team scored for the next five-plus minutes, until UT's Smith made a layup with 2:12 left in the contest.
The squads then traded points before Toledo's defense came up big one more time and forced a pair of misses to maintain the four-point bulge, 44-40, with 33 seconds left.
GSU's Long broke the dry spell by splitting a pair of free throws, while UT's Dortch drained both of her charity tosses to increase the margin to 46-41 with 22.3 seconds left, closing out the hard-fought triumph.
Toledo will now open up its 32nd MAC season vs. Central Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 10. Tipoff from Savage Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio (STO).
Central Michigan 73, Texas 65
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Junior guard Niki DiGuilio came off the bench to score 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from deep and Central Michigan forced 24 turnovers to upset No. 20/21 Texas in the consolation contest of the Maggie Dixon Surf N' Slam Classic hosted by the University of San Diego.
The victory was the first in three attempts versus a ranked opponent for the Chippewas (6-6) this season and marked the third time in head coach Sue Guevara's tenure that the Maroon and Gold knocked off an opponent ranked in the top 25.
The Chippewas turned the Longhorns' (7-4) 24 turnovers into 22 points, helping make up for a size differential down low which featured a Texas front court of 6-7 Imani McGee-Stafford and 6-4 Cokie Reed.
After falling behind by eight, 17-9, at the 9:00 mark of the first half, the Chippewas' defense held the Longhorns without a field goal for the next 4:51, allowing them to go on a 15-0 run and capture a 24-17 lead.
Senior Jessica Schroll sparked the run with a mid-range jumper and after a three by DiGuilio pulled the Chippewas within a point, sophomore Jas'Mine Bracey drove through the heart of the Longhorns' defense for a layup and CMU's first lead of the game, 18-17. Sophomore Kerby Tamm then hit a three from the top of the key and DiGuilio was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three foul shots for the seven-point advantage.
Tamm hit another three with 3:05 to play before DiGuilio showed hustle and determination by beating the Texas break up the court to intercept a pass and then hit a fast break three on the other end, helping CMU go into halftime with a 30-23 lead.
The Chippewas struggled out of the gate in the first half, missing eight of their first nine shots before senior Brandie Baker went hard to the hoop and converted a three-point play the old-fashioned way to keep the lead at seven, 37-30. A jumper by Schroll gave the Maroon and Gold their first double-digit lead, 41-30, at the 12:44 mark and a DiGuilio three with just over 11 minutes to play gave the Chippewas their largest lead of the game, 46-32.
CMU held onto its double-digit lead for nearly the remainder of the game, but was forced to hold off a late rally by the Longhorns in the final minutes. The Longhorns were able to pull it as close as four, 69-65, with 16 seconds to play, but Baker hit a pair of free throws and sophomore Jessica Green came up with a steal at half court and subsequently knocked down a pair to seal the win.
The Chippewas will have a quick turnaround for their final non-conference game of the season when they return home to play host to Marquette Wednesday afternoon at 2.
Bowling Green 65, Dayton 40
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team used a dominant defensive performance in the second half to pull away from the nationally-ranked University of Dayton Sunday afternoon (Dec. 30). The Falcons topped the Flyers, 65-40, at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-3 on the season, and BGSU has won six consecutive games. UD loses for the first time this year, dropping to 12-1. The Flyers entered the game ranked No. 14 in the nation in the latest USA Today Sports Top 25 poll, and 15th in the Associated Press poll.
The win was just the fifth against a nationally-ranked team in program history.
BGSU allowed Dayton to make a total of just four second-half field goals, and forced the Flyers into 21 turnovers on the afternoon.
Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers led the way in a multitude of categories for the Falcons, with 20 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. She posted game-high totals in all three categories.
Senior Chrissy Steffen and junior Jillian Halfhill scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. Steffen surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career during a key second-half run. Halfhill pulled down nine rebounds and Steffen seven as the Falcons had a 43-39 margin on the glass. Sunday marked the first time Dayton had been outrebounded this season.
Additionally, the Flyers' point total was less than half of the team's season average. Dayton entered Sunday's action averaging 82.6 points per game, a figure which led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked among the top 10 in the nation.
No UD player reached double figures in the scoring column. Sam MacKay and Kelley Austria had eight points apiece for the Flyers.
The game featured seven ties and three lead changes, all in the opening half. Neither team led by more than four points in the opening period, and a layup by fifth-year senior Danielle Havel just before the halftime buzzer gave the Falcons a 28-25 lead at the intermission.
The Falcons' lead was a single point, 31-30, after a pair of free throws by UD's Andrea Hoover with 16:39 left. From that point on, however, the Falcons outscored the Flyers by a 34-10 count.
Steffen scored five-straight points, reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career in the process, to give the Falcons a 36-30 advantage. Then, after UD's Brittany Wilson hit a three-point field goal to cut that lead in half, the Brown and Orange proceeded to score the game's next 12 points.
BG held the Flyers scoreless for just under eight minutes during that 12-0 run, taking a 48-33 lead on a Halfhill jumper. UD finally broke the scoring drought on a layup by Olivia Applewhite with 6:55 remaining, but the home team responded with a 7-0 run to take a 20-point lead with just over five minutes left.
BGSU is now 5-30 in games vs. nationally-ranked teams in program history. The Falcons have a 4-11 mark in such games since Jennifer Roos arrived in Northwest Ohio. BGSU is now 3-4 in home games vs. top-25 opponents, including a 1-1 mark at the Stroh Center.
Sunday's game saw both teams get off to a slow start at the offensive end. After Cassie Sant scored for the Flyers on the game's first possession, neither team scored until Rogers hit a jumper with nearly four minutes gone.
The teams traded buckets until Rogers scored four-straight points, hitting two free throws and hitting a short-corner jumper to give BGSU its first lead of the day, 10-8. Rogers had eight of BG's first 14 points, including two more charity tosses that gave the Falcons a 14-12 advantage with 9:05 left before halftime.
Austria hit a three-pointer in transition for the visitors, but two Halfhill free throws gave the home team a 16-15 lead. BGSU would not trail again.
A Rogers triple from out top, after a baseline drive and pass from Steffen, gave the Falcons a four-point lead, 21-17, with just under five minutes left before halftime. The lead stayed between two and four points until another Austria triple cut BG's lead to one, 26-25, in the final minute of the half. After a BG miss on the next possession, however, freshman Miriam Justinger came up with an offensive rebound in traffic, flipping a pass to Havel as the clock wound down. Havel's layup just before the buzzer gave the hosts a three-point lead at the break.
In that first half, the Flyers shot 34.6 percent from the field to BGSU's 26.5%, with both teams making nine field goals. UD had a 26-21 rebounding edge, but the visitors committed 11 first-half turnovers to just three for the Falcons.
An Amber Deane layup in the opening minute of the second half got the Flyers within one point, but sophomore Jasmine Matthews drained a three-point try. UD went 3-of-4 at the free-throw line over the next several minutes to get within 31-30, before the Falcons took over.
Steffen scored the game's next five points, knocking down a three-point try from the top of the arc for career points 996, 997 and 998, then driving down the lane for a layup with 15:49 remaining. Those two points put her at an even one thousand for her career, and also gave the Falcons a six-point lead, the largest of the game at that point.
Several possessions later, Wilson cut the BG lead in half with a three-pointer, but Halfhill found Matthews for a trailing three at the 12:29 mark, beginning that 12-0 run. Another Halfhill assist led to a short jumper by senior Allison Papenfuss, and the junior then scored herself, hitting a triple try from the left corner after an offensive rebound by Rogers. BG had a double-digit lead for the first time, 44-33.
Halfhill stole the ball from Sant and fired a long pass ahead to Steffen for a layup, and Halfhill's runner gave the hosts a 48-33 lead with 8:23 remaining. Olivia Applewhite finally ended UD's scoring drought, which lasted 7:45, with a layup.
During that pointless stretch, the Flyers missed eight shots and committed five turnovers, including turnovers on three consecutive possessions.
After Applewhite's jumper, though, Halfhill made a layup, Rogers hit two free throws and Steffen drained another three-point try. BGSU's lead was 20 points, 55-35, with 5:04 remaining.
A MacKay layup cut BG's advantage to 18, but the Flyers would draw no closer. Jurstinger responded with two free throws to give the Brown and Orange a 57-37 lead with 3:02 on the clock. Beginning with those tosses, the game's final 13 points all came at the charity stripe, with the Falcons scoring 10 of those 13 points.
The Falcons shot 45.5% from the field in the second half en route to a 33.9% effort for the game. Dayton went just 4-for-25 (16.0%) from the floor in the final 20 minutes, and the Flyers shot a season-low 25.5% on the afternoon.
UD also struggled from three-point land, making just three long-distance shots in 24 attempts (12.5%). BGSU was 6-of-17 (35.3%) from the arc on the day, with Matthews and Steffen making two triples apiece.
BGSU was 21-of-24 from the free-throw line (87.5%), led by an 11-for-13 effort from Rogers. Halfhill made 6-of-7 free-throw tries, with both Justinger and Steffen going a perfect 2-of-2 at the stripe.
Steffen became the 25th player in BGSU women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark. She finished the day with 1,007 points, and now ranks 24th on the school career scoring list.
Rogers had her second double-double in as many games, her second of the season and the 14th of her BGSU career. Five of her 10 rebounds came at the offensive end.
Each of Dayton's five starters averaged at least 9.8 points per game entering the BGSU contest. But, as mentioned, no UD player had more than eight points on Sunday.
The Falcons' last win vs. a ranked opponent came two years ago at venerable Anderson Arena. BGSU downed Vanderbilt, 69-58, at "The House That Roars" on Dec. 1, 2010.
BG's only previous game vs. a nationally-ranked team at the Stroh Center came in the first-ever regular-season women's basketball contest in the building, as Purdue escaped with a 54-53 win last season (Nov. 17, 2011).
In addition to the 2010 Vanderbilt game and Sunday's Dayton contest, BGSU's only other home win over a ranked team came on Nov. 23, 1991. On that day, the Falcons downed 10th-ranked Purdue in Jaci Clark's head-coaching debut.
The 2012-13 Falcons will continue a season-long five-game homestand on Friday night (Jan. 4), hosting UCF in a 7:00 p.m. start at the Stroh Center.
Ole Miss 61, Eastern Michigan 58
NEW ORLEANS, La. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team fell in its second straight at the 2012 Tulane DoubleTree Classic Sunday, Dec. 30. The Eagles fell, 61-58, at Devlin Fieldhouse to Southeastern Conference foe the University of Mississippi.
Eastern (2-10) was led offensively by Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kan.-Lawrence) who posted a career-best 11 points and Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) who tied her season-best with 10. Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) had a career day by posting nine points and nine rebounds, both of which are career-highs. Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) notched nine points and six assists, while India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) had six points and nine rebounds. From the floor, EMU shot 24-of-64 (37.5 percent) and 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.
For the Rebels (7-6) Valencia McFarland led the way with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Kenyotta Jenkins posted 14 points and eight boards, while Diara Moore also had 10 points. Ole Miss shot 16-of-51 (31.4 percent) in field goal attempts, while hitting 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from three-point land.
After Ole Miss opened up the scoring on a pair of free throws, but the Eagles came back to score four-straight giving them a quick 4-2, lead. After Jenkins knocked down a layup, Thomas gave EMU the lead back with a fastbreak bucket on the next possession.
Eastern pushed the tempo, using a 10-5 run to snag a nine point, 18-9, lead at the 11:37 mark in the first half. The Eagles continue to play up-tempo at both ends of the floor extending their lead to double-digits, 23-11 with just under 10 minutes to play in the half. However, the Rebels pushed back with five-straight points to cut EMU's lead to seven, 23-16.
The Rebels saw an opening and after trailing 28-18, went on a 13-0 run to take their first lead, 31-28, since they were up 2-0 in the early going. Watkins responded with EMU's first bucket since near the six minute mark with a three-ball at the 1:37 mark, ending an almost six minute scoring drought. However, Ole Miss capped the half with the final four points, making it 35-31 heading into the locker room.
Watkins paced the Eagles in the first half with eight points, while Stone poured in seven first half. Hairston and Bird each notched six points. Hairston also pulled down a team-high six rebounds and Stone had five caroms in the first half. Watkins posted five assists in the first 20 minutes of play. As a team, EMU shot 12-of-34 (35.3 percent) from the floor, while hitting 3-of-6 (50.0 percent) from the three-point line.
Despite trailing at the half, EMU held the Rebels to just 9-of-29 (31.0 percent) shooting, and 3-of-9 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc. The difference in the score was found in Ole Miss' free-throw shooting. The Rebels went 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) from the charity stripe.
Thomas opened up the scoring in the second half with six-straight points to give EMU a quick 37-35 lead with just under 18 minutes left in the game. The Eagles and Rebels started to trade buckets keeping the game close, 41-40, in favor of Ole Miss at the first timeout of the second half.
With the last bucket coming at the 15:10 mark, Eastern broke the scoring drought for both teams with 11:40 left in the game on a layup from Chelsea Hite (Ligonier, Ind.-West Noble) that gave the Eagles a 44-43 edge. Ole Miss did not go away without a fight, the Rebels continued to claw against EMU re-taking the lead, 56-53, with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.
McFarland hit a jumper in the lane with 1:52 on the clock to put the Rebels up five, but Stone responded with a bucket of her own, to keep it a one possession game, 61-58, with just over a minute left in the game. Miranda Tate (Bolingbrook, Ill.-Bolingbrook) put up a last second three-point shot but it fell short and the Eagles dropped 61-58 decision.
The Eagles return home for their next contest Saturday, Jan. 5, when they play host to the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. It will be Eastern's last non-conference game before opening Mid-American Conference play. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
Robert Morris 60, Kent State 51
Kent, Ohio – Despite having an eight point lead with seven minutes to play in the game, Kent State (1-11) let the game slip away to give Robert Morris (1-10) their first victory of the season.
With the game tied at 42 with 9:28 left on the clock, Robert Morris went on a 15-4 run, including 11 points by Artemis Spanou, to hand Kent State their defeat. The Flashes committed 24 turnovers in the game, resulting in 23 points for the Colonials.
Trisha Krewson led Kent State with 12 points and seven rebounds. Amber Dunlap netted eleven points in the first start of her Kent State career.
Spanou had nearly half of Robert Morris's total points, scoring 28 with 16 rebounds. Ten of those came on the offensive end. Spanou also had seven steals.
Kent State kicks off the new year at home against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday (Jan. 2). Game time is 7:00 pm.