Falcons beat rival Kent St. convincingly

Ashley Folan and Ashley Folan

With an outstanding atmosphere, including an attendance of 1501, there was no doubt that the Falcons had their game under complete control as they cruised to a 74-52 victory over Kent State last night.

The win gave the Falcons the new record for consecutive Mid-American Conference victories with 28. They knew they’d have to give their best effort against the team they’ve defeated the past two seasons in the MAC Tournament championship game.

“Every night is going to be a battle and if we don’t bring it it’s going to be tough for us to beat anybody,” said forward Liz Honegger.

Honegger came out big last night with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She started off the score right at the beginning making two free throws.

The Flashes came back with a layup from Samantha Scull, but that would be the only time Kent could say that they kept up with Bowling Green. From then on, the Falcons pushed while the Flashes crawled.

Carin Horne had 17 points and was a big part of the Falcons’ success. That included her outstanding play at defense, Horne also had three steals and four rebounds to help hold Kent to just 24 points in the first half.

Kent was known as the best offensive rebounding team in the MAC coming into the game. They’ve averaged about 16 a game but the Falcons held the Flashes to just 8. BG won the overall rebounding battle 36-32. The second chances gave BG 13 points while Kent took just 5.

“I told the kids right before the start of the game that when you go back during the last six years we played Kent since I’ve been here and you look at all our losses and you could say that we were the team on our heels,” said Coach Miller. “Through our recent win streak against them I think we got them on their heels.”

Bowling Green ended up with a 47 field goal percent, compared Kent’s 37 percent.

With a three point field goal percentage of 45, the Falcons also outdid the Flashes’ 25 percent.

Kent State gave up 23 points due to their turnovers, while Bowling Green gave up just 10.

“I think they outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” said Bob Lindsay, coach for Kent State.

Jasmine McCall saw some extra playing time in the game after starter Kate Achter got into a little foul trouble. McCall was up to the task though, and performed strongly for the Falcons.

“Coach tells the bench all the time to be ready, to be ready to go in and to be aggressive even from the bench” so that’s what I did,” McCall said.

The Falcons take on the Ohio Bobcats this Saturday in Athens. To keep the recent winning streak, they’ll have to forget about the bull’s eye on their backs and just keep playing the way that they have been lately.

“All we have to do is stayed composed and keep it simple,” McCall said.