The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, riding a four-game winning streak, closes the non-conference schedule with a pair of games in Miami, Fla. The Falcons of head coach Jennifer Roos
head south to participate in the FIU Sun & Fun Classic, beginning with a game vs. Hampton University on Monday (Dec. 29) at 8:00 p.m. Then, the Brown and Orange will face either Auburn University or host FIU on Tuesday (Dec. 30), with starting time to be determined. All four games in the tournament will be held at FIU Arena. The tourney will conclude a stretch which has seen the Falcons play eight of nine games away from home between Nov. 18 and Jan. 3.GAME NOTES / LINKSBGSU
| FIUSun & Fun Classic Tournament CentralFIU SUN & FUN CLASSIC
all games at FIU Arena; Miami, Fla.
Monday, Dec. 29
Auburn at FIU, 6:00 p.m.
Bowling Green vs. Hampton, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30
BGSU/Hampton vs. Auburn, 3:30 p.m.
BGSU/Hampton at FIU, 6:00 p.m.FOLLOW THE FALCONS
If you can't make the trip to Miami, you can still follow the Falcons via your radio or computer. Both of BGSU's games at the Sun & Fun Classic – and all of BGSU's 2014-15 games, for that matter – will be broadcast by WBGU-FM 88.1, the flagship home of Falcon women's basketball, and will be available over the air and on the web.
Additionally, live stats will be available for both games. A video stream will be available for only the games in the tournament involving FIU. And, in-game twitter updates can be found at @BGSUwbb. Log on to BGSUFalcons.com and click the 'calendar' link on the day or the game, or navigate your way to the women's basketball schedule page and bask in the veritable plethora of links.LAST TIME OUT: FALCONS RIDE FAST START TO 61-47 WIN AT BRADLEY
• The Falcons women's basketball team broke out to an early lead, riding a hot first half and a balanced scoring attack to a 61-47 win over host Bradley (Dec. 21).
• BGSU led from wire to wire, bursting out to a 15-2 lead and holding a double-digit advantage for the game's final 30 minutes. The Falcons led by as many as 22 points in the second half before a late BU rally cut the final margin to 12.
• Six players scored between seven and 12 points for the Falcons. Sophomore Rachel Konieczki
led the balanced attack with 12 points, while senior Deborah Hoekstra
and soph Abby Siefker
each had 11. Konieczki also had a career-high four assists in the win, while Siefker had six rebounds and two blocked shots.
• Siefker made her first five shots from the field, finishing the day 5-for-6.
• Junior Miriam Justinger
had eight points, a BG-leading eight rebounds and five assists on Sunday, tying her career high in the latter category. Freshman Haley Puk
and redshirt freshman Kennedy Kirkpatrick
each scored seven points against the Braves, with Puk adding a career-high seven rebounds.
• Puk, who made the first start of her young BGSU career, also had two assists, a steal and a blocked shot to set career bests in each category.
• All eight Falcons who played in the game saw at least 13 minutes of action. Konieczki played 36 minutes and Puk 34.
• The Brown and Orange scored 11-straight points to assume command of the game early. That run was capped by Konieczki driving coast to coast for a layup and a 15-2 advantage.
• Hoekstra completed her own personal 8-0 run with a three-pointer that gave the Falcons a 26-9 lead. Moments later, Puk grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds, resulting in a putback and a pair of free throws for a 30-13 lead. Puk's right-wing triple made it a 37-19 lead, and BG had a 39-23 lead at the intermission.
• The Falcons shot 51.9 percent from the field in the opening half. BG's 14-of-27 effort included a 5-of-12 performance (41.7%) from three-point land, and the visitors had a 20-9 rebounding advantage in the opening 20 minutes of play.
• Kirkpatrick's corner three with 13:25 remaining found nothing but net, giving BG a 54-32 lead. The lead was still over 20 points before the hosts made a late run, mostly at the free-throw line.
• The Falcons shot 45.8% from the field on the day, shooting better than 50 percent in the game's first 27 minutes before going 1-of-9 to end the contest. The BG defense held BU to just a 30.2% success rate, including only a 6-of-29 performance (20.7%) in the second half.ABOUT THE FALCONS
• The Falcons enter the Hampton game with a 7-2 record, and BGSU has won four-straight games. After opening the season with a 53-52 loss to Bucknell, BGSU bounced back with a convincing 80-59 victory over Iona, then went on the road and picked up a 60-50 triumph over Milwaukee. The Brown and Orange extended the win streak to three games with a 62-54 win over UC Irvine, before suffering a narrow loss, 51-48, to Loyola Marymount. The latter two games came at the DoubleTree LA Westside Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by LMU.
• The Falcons returned home and posted a 66-55 win over Cincinnati, the team's lone home game in a month-and-a-half span, before returning to the road and picking up a 76-62 decision against Saint Francis (Pa.). Then, BG went to Illinois and captured a pair of games, with a 58-54 win over Illinois State on Dec. 19 and a 61-47 victory at Bradley two days later.
• Three Falcons have started all nine games this season to date. That trio includes junior Miriam Justinger
and sophomores Rachel Konieczki
and Abby Siefker
. Redshirt junior Erica Donovan
has made eight starts, while senior Jasmine Matthews
has started six games and senior Deborah Hoekstra
three. Freshman Haley Puk
made her first collegiate start in the win at Bradley.
• Donovan leads the Falcons in scoring, with 15.3 points per game, while Hoekstra is averaging 10.6 ppg. Justinger and Konieczki have scored 9.4 and 8.0 ppg, respectively, with Siefker averaging 6.0 points and freshman Rachel Myers
• Donovan leads the Falcons in rebounding as well as scoring, with 9.1 boards per game. Siefker and Justinger have 6.6 and 5.7 rpg, respectively, while Matthews has pulled down 3.5 caroms per contest.
• Justinger has 2.7 assists per game to pace the Falcons in that category, and she is just behind Donovan in steals. Donovan has 1.4 spg and Justinger 1.3. Matthews is second on the Falcons with 1.7 apg, with Donovan handing out 1.5 apg and Hoekstra 1.3. Siefker has a team-leading 1.0 blocked shots per contest.
• BGSU is shooting 37.9 percent from the field, 29.4% from three-point range and 74.9% from the free-throw line through nine games. The Falcons' opponents have shot 36.1% from the floor, 26.6% from the arc and 67.9% from the stripe.
• The Falcons have averaged 6.1 three-pointers made through the first nine contests. Hoekstra has made 16 triples to lead the way, while Myers has hit nine triples, Koniezcki eight, Justinger seven and Donovan six.
• Hoekstra, Justinger, Konieczki, Siefker, Myers and Puk each have seen action in all nine games, while Donovan and redshirt freshman Kennedy Kirkpatrick
have played in eight apiece. True freshmen Lauren Webb
and Sarah Baer
have played in seven and five games, respectively, and Matthews has seen action in six.
• Donovan, Matthews, Web and redshirt freshman Leah Bolton
all sat out the Bradley game due to various injuries, although Matthews was in uniform for the contest. Bolton played in the Falcons' exhibition game vs. Davis and Elkins, but has yet to see action during the regular season.
• The Falcons returned six letterwinners, including two starters, from a 2013-14 team that won 30 overall games and captured a MAC regular-season title with a 17-1 league ledger. BGSU won the East Division title, and the Falcons had the best overall record in MAC play for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons. The division title was the program's ninth in that 10-year span.
• Last year's edition of the Brown and Orange advanced to national postseason play for the 10th consecutive March, winning three games in the WNIT before falling in the quarterfinal round to eventual tourney champion Rutgers. BGSU won more than 20 games for the 11th consecutive year.
• In addition to the six returnees, head coach Jennifer Roos
and her staff – assistant coaches Jesse Fleming
, Jacey Brooks
and Sahar Nusseibeh
and director of operations Monique Rosati
– also have six players with freshman status on the roster. That 12-player roster includes two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores, two redshirt freshmen and the four true frosh.
• Donovan is the top returning scorer and rebounder. She averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game a year ago, ranking third on the team in both categories.
• Donovan played in all 35 games, starting 34, last season. The Falcons' other returning starter is Justinger, who made 27 starts last year and averaged 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing. Justinger also averaged 2.4 assists per contest last winter, good for second on the Falcons and tops among returnees.
• Hoekstra and Matthews scored 6.9 and 6.4 ppg, respectively, last year. Both players saw action off the bench. Hoekstra, one of the league's top sixth players, came off the bench in all 35 games, while Matthews made nine starts.
• Matthews made 45 three-point field goals last season, while Hoekstra hit 41 long-range shots and made 36.3% of her attempts from beyond the arc. Donovan and Justinger made 36 and 28 treys, respectively.
• The 2013-14 Falcons shot 42.3 percent from the field, 35.2% from three-point range and 74.6% from the foul line. Opponents shooting 37.4% from the floor, 25.7% from the arc and 69.0% from the stripe. The Falcons had a scoring margin of +12.9, a rebounding margin of +6.5 and a turnover margin of +1.1 on the year.
• In MAC games, BGSU shot 43.0% from the field, 36.1% from three-point land and 78.5% from the line. Opponents shot 36.4% overall, 22.0% from long range and 64.8% from the stripe in MAC play.THE HAMPTON LADY PIRATES
Hampton has an overall record of 3-8, and the Lady Pirates are looking to snap a three-game losing streak. HU opened the season with five-straight losses, but bounced back for three consecutive wins, including two on the road and one in the MEAC opener. The last three setbacks have come against the number-one team in the nation, South Carolina, as well as on the road to James Madison and DePaul. Sophomore Malia Tate-DeFreitas leads the team in scoring, with 19.1 points per game, and also has 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest along with a team-leading 21 three-point field goals made. Senior guard Kenia Cole and junior guard Ryan Jordan have 8.7 and 7.8 ppg, respectively. Cole leads the club with 4.1 apg. Last year, head coach David Six and the Lady Pirates went 28-5 overall and a perfect 16-0 in the MEAC. HU has won the MEAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of his first five seasons at the helm. Six welcomed back eight letterwinners, including three starters, from the 2013-14 club.THE AUBURN TIGERS
Auburn is off to an 8-3 start to the season, and the Tigers, like the Falcons, have put together a three- and a four-game winning streak this year. Most recently, AU split a pair of games at a tournament hosted by St. John's, losing to the home team before downing SMU. Auburn is 7-0 at home, 0-3 on the road and 1-0 at neutral sites this season. Junior F/C Tra'Cee Tanner has a team-leading 13.3 points per game, and is shooting 61.0 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Brandy Montgomery is also scoring in double digits, with 10.6 ppg, and she has hit a team-leading 17 three-pointers. A year ago, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's team went 19-15 overall and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference, advancing to the third round of the WNIT. Williams-Flournoy returned seven letterwinners, including four starters, from that team.THE FIU PANTHERS
FIU has an overall record of 2-7 on the year after an 83-75 home win over Wofford on Dec. 21. That win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Panthers. FIU is 1-4 at home this season, heading into Monday's game vs. Auburn, and the Panthers are 0-2 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites. Four players are scoring in double digits, led by sophomore forward Kiandre'a Pound with 16.6 points per game and junior guard Taylor Shade at 15.9 ppg. Senior F/C Marita Davydova has 12.1 ppg and a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game, while senior forward Tynia McKinzie has 10.5 ppg in just 19.4 minutes per contest. Pound has 8.9 rpg, while Shade leads the Panthers with 4.0 assists per outing. Last year, head coach Cindy Russo's team went 15-18 overall and finished with a 6-10 record in Conference USA. Russo, in her 36th year at the FIU helm, welcomed back eight letterwinners and two starters from the 2013-14 team.THE SERIES
The Falcons and Hampton are tied, 1-1, in the all-time series between the teams. Each of the previous meetings, just like this year's matchup, has come in late December at a tournament at a neutral site. The first-ever matchup between the schools, in 1999, saw the Lady Pirates win by a 78-70 count in Blacksburg, Va. Almost exactly eight years later, and exactly seven years prior to Monday's meeting, the Falcons won by a nearly identical score, as BG posted a 79-70 win in Ames, Iowa, on Dec. 29, 2007.
BGSU trails Auburn, 1-0, in that series. The lone prior meeting saw the host Tigers pick up a 94-61 win in AU's Kroger Classic in November of 2000.
BG leads FIU, 1-0, and the lone previous matchup saw the Brown and Orange head to Miami and come away with a 67-56 victory at FIU Arena in December of 2005.Jennifer Roos
is 0-0 against the Lady Pirates, the Tigers and the Panthers as a head coach.THE STARTING FIVE
Last season, head coach Jennifer Roos
used a total of three different starting lineups over the 35-game schedule. The Falcons have had three different lineups through just nine games this year. Junior Miriam Justinger
and sophomores Abby Siefker
and Rachel Konieczki
each have started all nine contests for the Brown and Orange this year to date.CHANNELING HER INNER KEVIN LOVE
Sophomore Abby Siefker
did a little bit of everything in the Falcons' win at Illinois State, with eight points, a career-high 12 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Siefker also dished out a game-high five assists, by far the highest total of her Falcon career. In fact, Siefker entered the ISU game with totals of one assist this season and eight since coming to BG. She had seven assists during her freshman season, and now has matched that total this year, after handing out another assist in the win over Bradley.FIFTY IS NIFTY, BUT SIXTY IS, UMMMM, BETTER
The win at Illinois State was the 60th victory in the head-coaching career of Jennifer Roos
. Roos is now 61-18 since assuming the helm prior to the 2012-13 season. That 61-18 mark does not include a pair of wins as the Falcons' interim head coach in 2011-12.KIRKPATRICK KONNECTS
Redshirt freshman Kennedy Kirkpatrick
had a career-high eight points in the victory at Illinois State. She also set career bests in field goals made (three) and three-point field goals made (two) and attempted (four). The successful treys were the first of her career. Kirkpatrick had a total of two points over the first 10 games of her career (five last year, five this season), but now has 22 points over the last three games, including seven against both Saint Francis and Bradley.MAKE MORE THAN THEY TAKE
So far this season, BG appears to be continuing a program trend of making more free throws than the opponents attempt. This year to date, BGSU has gotten to the line 171 times, making 1128 shots. Opponents have gone 74-of-109 from the stripe through the first nine games of the season.AMONG THE LEADERS
The Falcons were ranked 18th in the nation in scoring defense in the latest NCAA statistics. BGSU has allowed opponents to score just 53.9 points per game. BG is 28th in the nation in free-throw percentage, having converted shots from the stripe at a 74.9-percent rate.SIX OF ONE, HALF DOZEN OF THE OTHER
Coach Jennifer Roos
and the Falcons returned six letterwinners from a year ago. Each of those returnees played in 31 or more games last winter, with three of the six playing in all 35 contests. BGSU's other six players on the 2014-15 roster had combined to play a total of 24 minutes in their collegiate careers entering the season. The latter half-dozen players include a pair of redshirt freshmen as well as four true frosh.THE FALCONS ARE/WERE ...
• 7-2 this season, after posting a 30-5 overall record last winter;
• 17-1 in MAC play in 2013-14, winning a division title for the ninth time in a 10-season span;
• 319-110 since Jennifer Roos
came to BGSU in the summer of 2001;
• 164-47 in MAC games in that time:
• 298-75 over the last 11-plus years, with 2013-14 marking BG's MAC-record 11th-straight season of at least 20 wins;
• a staggering 277-65 in the past 10-plus years, with no fewer than 23 wins in each of the 10 seasons and eight MAC overall regular-season titles (2004-10, 2012 and again in '14, plus an East Division crown in '11);
• an eye-popping 254-57 overall, and 128-18 in the MAC regular season, in the last nine-plus years, with at least 24 wins in each of those nine seasons;
• a superb 226-54 in the last eight-plus years, including a 112-18 league ledger;
• a/an (insert your own adjective here) 195-50 overall, and 97-17 in MAC regular-season games, in the last seven-plus seasons, since Monique Rosati
came to the BGSU program;
• 169-42 overall and 84-14 in MAC action over the last six-plus winters;
• 140-37, including a 69-13 MAC ledger, in the last five-plus seasons;
• 113-30 overall and 55-11 in the MAC in the last four-plus years;
• 85-25 overall, and 42-8 in MAC action, since seniors Deborah Hoekstra
and Jasmine Matthews
first put on a BGSU uniform;
• 61-18 overall and 28-6 in league play since Jennifer Roos
became head coach, junior Miriam Justinger
joined the Falcons' roster, and redshirt junior Erica Donovan
transferred to BG;
• 37-7 since Donovan and sophomores Rachel Konieczki
and Abby Siefker
began their BGSU playing careers, and redshirt freshmen Leah Bolton
and Kennedy Kirkpatrick
came to campus;
• 151-23 in the last 174 games vs. MAC foes (regular-season and tournament);
• A perfect 67-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field since 2001;
• 254-12 when having a better FG percentage than the opposition in that time, including a 126-2 mark in the last six-plus seasons;
• 243-40 when making more free throws than the opponent in the Roos Assistant-Coach/Associate-Head-Coach/Interim-Head-Coach/Head-Coaching Era;
• 207-25 when outrebounding the opponent in that 13-plus-year span;
• 74-7 in MAC home games in the last 10 seasons;
• 61-12 in MAC road games over the last nine years;
• 20-5 in the MAC Tournament in the last 10 years, with five titles (2005, '06, '07, '10 and '11), an additional championship-game appearance (2009), and trips to the semis in 2008, 2012 and 2014;
• 44-19 overall in the MAC Tournament since it was instituted in 1982;
• 21-7 at Gund/Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the MAC Tournament;
• 52-7 in all non-conference home games since the start of the 2003-04 season;
• 10-17 in 17 national postseason appearances (including a 3-11 record in the NCAA Championships and a 7-6 mark in WNIT trips);
• 9-10 in national postseason action since Roos arrived at BG (including a 2-5 mark in the NCAAs and a 7-5 record in the WNIT); and
• 46-9 in the Stroh Center, with seven losses coming by a combined 17 points.UP NEXT
Following the FIU tourney, the Falcons will begin the 2015 calendar year, and the Mid-American Conference schedule, by hosting Ball State University on Jan. 3. That game is a rematch of a 2014 MAC Tournament semifinal-round matchup, and is also the first half of a Falcons hoops doubleheader at the Stroh Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Then, BGSU returns to the road for games in Northeast Ohio vs. Akron (Jan. 7) and Kent State (Jan. 10).