Women’s basketball continues MAC slate

It’s the battle of the birds – part two.

The women’s basketball team will be BG bound after its contest against the Miami Redhawks.

The Falcons will be back at the Stroh for a one-game home stand, where the Falcons will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Sunday.

The Falcons lead a balanced attack with Chrissy Steffen, Alexis Rogers and Jessica Slagle as their lead scorers. Rogers and Danielle Havel lead in rebounds, and the four of them combined have racked up 125 steals this season, entering play Thursday.

Rogers leads BG in both scoring and rebounds in conference play, while for the overall season, Steffen leads them in points with 15 per game.

Entering play Thursday, EMU is 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the MAC. They have won their last three games, with one win coming on the road to Toledo.

Tavelyn James leads the Eagles with 22.4 points per game. She was named the MAC West Player of the Week most recently, the same week Rogers was. It was the fifth time in her career that she received the accolade.

James had a game-high 30 points against Toledo – with the EMU win, it snapped Toledo’s 17-game conference winning streak at home.

Like BG, the Eagles have three players in double digits – James, Olivia Fouty and Natachia Watkins.

Fouty also leads the team in rebounds with 8.3, just as many as Rogers.

Both teams average nearly 70 points a game, and they hold their opponents in the 50s. BG averages more three-point shots than the Eagles with .311 percent compared to .246 percent.

However, EMU is better at the line than the Falcons, Entering play on Thursday.

Sunday is “dollar day” at the Stroh Center. Tickets in sections 106-112 will be available for a dollar along with hot dogs, popcorn and pop.

The game is scheduled for 2 p.m.