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Running ahead of the pack

The possibility of an upset seems less and less likely for the BG women’s basketball team. The Falcons continued their dominance of the Mid-American Conference with a 85-44 victory at Buffalo Saturday.

Buffalo never found a rhythm in the game and allowed BG to run wild on offense. The Falcons shot 54 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range. Paced by Megan Thorburn’s 22 points, the Falcons beat Buffalo in every way possible. They had 34 points in the paint while also converting 11 three-pointers, six of which were from Thorburn.

On defense, the Falcons forced 24 turnovers. Lindsey Goldsberry led the defensive charge with six of the 12 Falcon steals. BG’s fierce style of play kept the Bulls in a state of confusion all game long and held them to just 17 points in the second half.

“One of the things that happened was that we got the tempo up. When we got a lead, it forced Buffalo to maybe play a little faster than they want,” said BG coach Curt Miller after the game.

Miller’s gameplan was to keep Stephanie Bennett and Rachelle Mathys from converting a lot of three-pointers. Mathys made one, but Bennett was 0-of-7 from the field.

“We only gave up one 3, between the two of them, the first time we played, and we only gave up one 3 again tonight between the two,” Miller said. “That’s a big key; they are both tremendous shooters.”

The Bulls were 3-of-14 from beyond the arc and shot 36 percent from the field.

The game clinched the MAC East Division for the third straight year for BG. It was also the 38th straight conference win for the Falcons and today marks the two-year mark since BG last fell to a MAC opponent.

Goldsberry had a huge all-around game. She scored seven points, had six assists and three rebounds and was perfect from the field. She is now 15-of-36 from long-range this season and has been efficient off the bench.

“She just had her hands all over this game, getting deflections and playing hard,” Miller said. “Lindsey just provides that energy. She is active, and always gets her hands in the passing lanes.”

Thorburn’s 22 points led the offensive charge, Carin Horne followed with 15 and Kate Achter scored 14. BG turned the ball over 11 times and allowed just seven points off them while scoring 37 off Buffalo’s 24 miscues.

“A big statistic tonight was points off turnovers, and we clearly dominated that area,” Miller said.

An amazing statistic for the Falcons this year is their turnover margin. They have turned the ball over just 13 times a game compared to 20 a game for their opponents. The assist-to-turnover ratio for their opponents is just a little better than 1-to-2.

For BG the next test comes tomorrow when it heads to Kent State. The Falcons clinched the East over the weekend, but still have a few winning streaks on the line, including 17 games overall.

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