Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
Bowling Green 90, Niagara 58
Dayton 94, Akron 80
BOWLING GREEN - Redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan had a game-high 20 points, pacing five Bowling Green State University double-digit scorers, as the women's basketball Falcons rolled to a 90-58 win over Niagara University Friday evening (Nov. 15). The non-conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-0 on the year, while dropping the Purple Eagles to 0-2.
Junior Deborah Hoekstra had 15 points in the win, with senior Jillian Halfhill chipping in with 13. Freshman Rachel Konieczki scored 11 points, while junior Jasmine Matthews rounded out the BG double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Donovan, Hoekstra and Konieczki each set a new career best for points in a game.
The Falcons more than doubled up the visitors on the boards, with 49 rebounds to Niagara's 23. BG had 20 offensive boards, leading to a 23-2 advantage in second-chance points. Senior Jill Stein had a game-high 11 rebounds, including four offensive boards, while six of Donovan's seven total rebounds came at the offensive end of the floor.
The Falcons also made 30 free throws in 41 attempts on the night, as a total of 48 fouls were called in the game. NU went 18-of-21 from the stripe.
BGSU returns to action on Monday night (Nov. 18), when the Falcons will take on Butler University in Indianapolis. The Butler game is the first of five consecutive games away from home for the Brown and Orange.
DAYTON, Ohio -- Despite a strong first half showing and a career performance from Hanna Luburgh, the University Akron women's basketball team fell short against No. 23/21 Dayton on the road Friday night, 94-80.
Luburgh led all scorers with a career-high 37 points for Akron (2-1), shooting 13-for-21 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line. She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Rachel Tecca posted 25 points and eight rebounds, and Anita Brown rounded out the primary scoring effort for the Zips with 10 points.
Akron's offensive production was choppy due to an uncharacteristic 3-for-22 showing from long range. UA struggled to maintain a presence in the battle of the boards, trailing UD by 20 rebounds.
No. 23/21 Dayton (2-1) was led by Cassie Sant's 24 points and Amber Deane's 23, as four of the Flyers' starters registered double figures.
After a slow start that saw them in a 7-0 hole, the Zips came alive midway through the first half when a 3-point bucket from Luburgh cut the deficit to one at 22-21.
The Zips took their first lead of the night at with 1:35 left in the opening period on two free throws from Luburgh. The senior tied the game at 41 just a minute earlier after she converted a three-point play.
Akron's defense suffocated the passing lanes and forced 16 Dayton turnovers in the first half. The Zips held the Flyers scoreless for the last 3:28 of the period, paving the way for a 9-0 run that gave UA a four-point lead at the break, 45-41.
Akron was unable to carry its momentum through the intermission, starting the second half in Dayton's wake and falling victim to a 21-4 run over the first five minutes. The Flyers' lead grew to as many as 18 with 11:09 left in the game, but the Zips slowly began to chip away.
UA went on a 10-0 run that was capped by a pair of free throws from Brown to make it an eight-point game at 79-71 at the 4:39 mark. But that is as close a the Zips would come, as Dayton connected on 11-of-13 free throw attempts over the course of the last three minutes to preserve its lead.
Akron stays on the road in the Dayton area to take on Wright State on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at WSU's Nutter Center.