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April 11, 2024

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Western Michigan WBB preview: Falcons seek 2-0 start in MAC play with matchup against Broncos

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Ashley Huss, wmubroncos.com

I am not sure if Falcon fans have still relaxed since the thrilling comeback performance put on during Wednesday night’s win over Central Michigan.

Nonetheless, the next battle is upon the orange and brown, as Western Michigan rolls into the Stroh Center for a Saturday afternoon clash.

A preview of what to watch for.

WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS

Current Record: 5-6 OVR, 0-1 MAC

Head Coach: Shane Clipfell (12th season)

Notable Clipfell Facts:

  • Since Clipfell has arrived in Kalamazoo, the Broncos have won 17 or more games five times and have captured seven or more Mid-American Conference victories in eight seasons.
  • Clipfell is one of three WMU women’s basketball coaches to surpass 125 wins in Kalamazoo and is third on the program’s all-time coaching wins chart with 148.
  • Spent five seasons alongside former Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant as an assistant in East Lansing prior to WMU.

 

Notable Names:

  • Jasmine Elder (Sr.)- Elder is a graduate student from Wayne, MI. who turned in her season-high in points in Wednesday night’s loss to Ball State (six). While the stats do not explode off the sheet, Elder provides a sense of stability to the frontcourt for a team that is full of youth. In fact, Elder is the only Bronco in the frontcourt that is a senior.

 

  • Kaitlyn Zarycki (Sr.)- The obvious primary scorer for WMU, Zarycki led the Broncos with 27 points in their loss to Ball State on Wednesday. The senior from Niles, Mich. is a transfer from Saginaw Valley State was second in the GLIAC in scoring with 21.3 point per game. With the exception of the season-opener against DePaul, Zarycki has recorded double-digits in the scoring column, and so far is averaging 17.4 points per game.

 

  • Hannah Spitzley (Sr.)- Another veteran for Clipfell, Spitzley is a senior from Westphalia, Mich. who added nine points in Wednesday’s contest against Ball State. In program history, Spitzley is the all-time leader in single-game field goals (11 vs Akron (2/4)) and steals with seven against Akron as well. So far this season, Spitzley is averaging 7.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Broncos.

 

Notable Numbers:

  • WMU is ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference in three-point field goal percentage (32.9%).
  • Zarycki’s average of 17.4 points per game is good for third individually in the MAC, second to Akron’s Reagan Bass and Buffalo’s Chellia Watson.
  • Zarycki is also tied for fourth in the MAC in steals with two per game, tied with Eastern Michigan’s Kennedi Myles.

 

Tip-off between the Falcons and Broncos from the Stroh Center is set for 2 p.m. Join Falcon Media Sports Network’s Brandon Loe as he has the call on 88.1 FM WBGU starting at 1:45.

For more stories related to BGSU Athletics, follow Falcon Media Sports Network on X (@bg_fmsn).

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