Women’s basketball extends winning streak to 25

Andrew Harner and Andrew Harner

In a game where the Falcons started off 0-for-7 shooting and scored just 21 points in the first half, there was a legitimate possibility the 24-game winning streak would come to end. But by the end of the day, the women’s basketball team was boasting a 61-54 win over Kent State, a 25-game winning streak and a fifth straight Mid-American Conference regular season championship. The team clinched a tie for the regular season crown but hold the tie-breaker over the only team that can catch them: Ball State. The always short-speaking Lauren Prochaska put how the team felt very simply following the game. ‘We just won a fifth consecutive MAC title,’ she said. ‘We’re very happy with that.’ But there is no way the team was happy at the beginning of the game. Tara Breske opened the Falcon scoring over four minutes into the game, and the scoring drought continued throughout the half. BG was 8-for-31 (25.8 percent) shooting from the field in the first half and only got to the foul for three shots, making two. By the end of the half, the Falcons found themselves going to the locker room down 26-21 and with Prochaska and Tracy Pontius combining to go 1-for-12 from the field and 0-of-6 from the three-point line. At halftime, coach Curt Miller said he talked to his team about playing tough. And they responded. With a 40 point second half, 31 of which came from Prochaska and Pontius, the Falcons were able to battle back for the win. ‘I thought we played pretty well for 36 minutes but got outplayed for four,’ said KSU coach Bob Lindsay. ‘Four was enough to beat us.’ One play in those final four minutes stuck out. With the Falcons leading 53-50, Lindsey Goldsberry fought hard for a loose ball and assisted Jen Uhl on a wide-open three-pointer that all but sealed the win for BG. ‘We were just getting on a roll,’ Uhl said. ‘There was no one on the whole side of the floor on I was. You’ve got to hit big shots when you’re open and no one was even close to guarding me. Hitting that was so fun.’ It was just another great moment for Uhl since stepping in for Niki McCoy five games ago, and Miller has taken notice. ‘ ‘Jen has been tremendous for us,’ Miller said. ‘She is very productive and [had] a huge back-breaking three, kind of in a scrum and a loose ball and all of sudden you find Jen open in the arc.’ However, that play was one-of-a-kind of the game as KSU played tight defense the entire game, part of the reason Prochaska didn’t score in the first half. ‘I thought Kent was tremendous defensively tonight,’ Miller said. ‘We didn’t make some shots ‘hellip; and really struggled trying to score in penetration.’ From a player’s standpoint, Uhl put it bluntly. ‘They were really tough today,’ Uhl said. The women have two games remaining before the MAC Tournament, the first of which is in Miami on Wednesday night.