Women’s basketball return to Stroh

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After going 1-1 in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic this past weekend, the Bowling Green State University Women’s Basketball team will return to the Stroh Center this Wednesday to take on the Evansville Purple Aces.

The Falcons, who are 3-2 to start the season, lost over the weekend to Davidson before picking up an overtime win over Jacksonville State. Evansville is 1-4 on the season, with their only win coming at Cleveland State.

While BG shot 52.1 percent from the floor and a blistering 47.6 percent from 3-point range against Jacksonville, they struggled against Davidson shooting only 38.5 from the floor and 26.9 from three while scoring only 4 points in the fourth quarter.

“We have to make shots in crunch time. We were unable to make shots in the last quarter against Cincinnati, and shot under 30 percent for the game,” Head Coach Jennifer Roos said after the loss to Davidson. “Now we were unable to make shots in this last quarter after just making shots in the third quarter. So we’ve got to find a balance between getting consecutive stops and consecutive makes.”

The Falcons have struggled in the fourth quarter this season, only averaging 10.5 points in the period, by far their lowest scoring average by quarter.

“When you score four points in the last ten minutes, it was very difficult for us to get to the finish line,” Roos said.

The Falcons have been led by Lauren Tibbs, who is averaging 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. Tibbs, a 6-4 redshirt senior and graduate transfer from Marquette, also has two double-doubles this season against Illinois State and Jacksonville State.

Freshman point guard Sydney Lambert, who is averaging 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game, while also shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range, and senior Miriam Justinger, who is averaging 10.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range, have rounded out the Falcons offensive attack.

While the Falcons have struggled to shoot from the field to start the season, they have excelled at the free throw line where they are converting 82.7 percent of their looks – the best in the MAC. They are also second in the MAC in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 26.4 percent from behind the arc.

The game against Evansville will take place this Wednesday, December 2nd, at the Stroh Center. Tip off will be at 6p.m.