Thursday's Women's Basketball Preview

Updated 2/7/2013


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Bowling Green (14-7, 5-3 MAC) at Buffalo (7-14, 5-3 MAC)
7 PM • Bowling Green leads 20-5
• Bowling Green posted season-high totals in points and field-goal percentage (55.4%) in Sunday’s 84-59 win over Central Michigan.  The Falcons made 18-if-27 shots from the field in the second half, including a 7-of-10 effort from three-point land.  BG made six consecutive three-pointers to end the game, including five in a span of less than three minutes.
• For the first time since December 2011, the Bulls had two players record double-doubles in the same game with Christa Baccas and Kristen Sharkey. For Baccas, it was her fifth double-double of the season, while Sharkey has now done it twice. Buffalo and Miami are the only two teams that have more than one player with at least four doubledoubles in the MAC.
Western Michigan (6-15, 2-6 MAC) at Kent State (3-18, 1-7 MAC)
7 PM • Kent State leads 28-21
•  After winning two-straight, Western Michigan has dropped their last three, falling to Buffalo, Ball State and Toledo. The Broncos are led by Corie Buchanan, who is averaging 8.1 points this season and has 50 assists. Marquisha Harris is netting an average of 11.8 points per game in conference play and is shooting 50% on the year.
• Tamzin Barroilhet has been the most consistant Flash this season. The senior captain leads the team in points (215), rebounds (147), assists (55), steals (35), field goal percentage (.42) and average minutes played (31.3). Through eight conference games, Barroilhet ranks among her MAC opponents in scoring (T- 25th), rebounding (7th), field goal percentage (15th), assists (T-12th), free throw percentage (T-15th), steals (T-10th), blocks (T-9th), offensive rebounds (T-3rd), defensive rebounds (T-12th) and minutes played (T-8th).
Central Michigan (13-8, 7-1 MAC) at Ball State (10-11, 7-1 MAC)
7 PM • Series tied 33-33
•  A pair of Chippewas are etching their names in the record book with their blocking prowess. Senior Brandie Baker entered the top 10 for career blocks with 66 last week, while sophomore Crystal Bradford’s 37 blocks this season already rank seventh in single-season history. Bradford set the second-best mark last season with 57.
• Ball State improved to 4-0 against MAC West Division opponents last week after defeating Western Michigan (73-50) and Eastern Michigan (56-41).  The Cardinals’ victory at EMU extended Ball State’s win streak to five.  Ball State is 10-11 overall and 7-1 in league action which is the best conference start for Ball State since the 2006-07 season.