BG Women’s basketball team looks to get back to winning ways Thursday


Deborah Hoekstra shoots a layup over two UMass defenders in their game earlier in the season. 


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The BG women’s basketball team will return to the Stroh Center this week following their overtime loss to Central Michigan over the weekend.

The Falcons will welcome Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan on Thursday at 7 p.m.

BG enters Thursday’s match with an overall record of 14-3 and a MAC record of 4-1; their first loss in conference play coming from an overtime loss against Central Michigan.

“At the end of the day, this is game [CMU] five,” Head basketball Coach Jennifer Roos said. “This is not game 18 of the conference season.”

Eastern Michigan comes to the Stroh with a 12-4 overall record and a 2-3 record in conference play. The Eagles got off to a good start early in the season, winning their first six games before losing their first game of the season to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

In those first six games, the Eagles defeated Madonna University, Butler University, Marygrove College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City at home. On the road, Eastern Michigan defeated Cleveland State and Loyola-Chicago.

Following their loss to Michigan, the Eagles went on to win four straight non-conference games against Detroit, Wagner, Monmouth and Lawrence Tech. Eastern Michigan then went into MAC play, where they have defeated Kent State on the road and Western Michigan at home. The Eagles have tallied up conference losses to Ball State at home and at Northern Illinois and Buffalo.

Thirty-three years in the MAC, Eastern Michigan holds an overall record of 237-292 against MAC opponents. They have had winning conference records in 11 of their last 13 seasons. However, the Eagles have been least successful in conference play against Bowling Green, going just 14-47 in the overall series between the two teams.

Last season the Eagles finished 8-22 overall and 6-10 in MAC play. The Falcons met with Eastern Michigan once last season, defeating them by a score of 61-47 in Ypsilanti.

Roos said she was very proud of the way her team played last week after defeating two tough teams in Akron and Ball State. She did add that the Falcons do have some things they will need to clean up as they continue conference play.

Following the Eastern Michigan game, the Falcons will once again return to the Stroh Center for a competition against Northern Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.