Aly Reiff scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, leading Xavier University to a 65-49 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Thursday morning/afternoon (Nov. 29). The non-conference matchup was held at the Cintas Center.
Sophomore Angela Perry
had a team-leading 19 points for the Falcons, now 3-4 on the year.
The Falcons had a higher field-goal percentage and outrebounded the Musketeers (5-1), but Xavier scored 24 points off of 22 BGSU turnovers in the contest.
Reiff was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range in the final quarter. Her first triple of the period, on the opening possession, gave the hosts an 11-point lead.
Then, midway through the quarter, the Falcons had cut the deficit to four points, and BG forced the Musketeers into a one-and-out possession. But, a corner three that would have made it a one-point game hit the rim and bounced away, and Reiff knocked down a long-range attempt on the next possession. Then, a steal resulted in a layup for the hosts, and Reiff's final trey of the game gave her team a 12-point lead with just over two minutes to go.
The Falcons shot 35.4 percent from the field to the hosts' 34.9%, and BGSU held a 36-35 advantage on the boards. But, BG turned the ball over 22 times, while Xavier coughed it up just 10 times.
Junior Andrea Cecil
had nine points, while senior Sydney Lambert
scored seven. Freshman Kadie Hempfling
paced the Falcons with eight rebounds and six assists, while Perry had seven boards to go along with her 19 points.
Reiff, as mentioned, scored 21 points, going 5-for-8 from the arc. A'riana Gray had 16 points and 18 of her team's 35 rebounds. Na'Teshia Owens rounded out the game's double-digit scorers with 13 points.
QUOTING COACH FRALICK
"I thought we took a lot of steps forward in the first half today. Our rebounding effort and our defending without fouling was much improved. We were right there in the second half, and they made some timely shots, while we had some timely misses. We are looking forward to December, and really getting a lot of time to practice and continue to grow."
• The Falcons scored the first five points of the game, but Xavier responded with an 11-0 run. Freshman Kadie Hempfling
kicked the ball out to junior Andrea Cecil
, who hit a three-pointer with two minutes gone to open the scoring.
• Another Hempfling pass found redshirt sophomore Clare Glowniak
, who was fouled and hit a pair of free throws at the 6:48 mark.
• Then, however, the Falcons would go without a point until the final minute of the period. Na'Teshia Owens got the hosts on the board with a pair of charity tosses with 6:14 left in the period, and a layup by Ayanna Townsend at 5:25 was the home team's first successful field goal of the day.
• A'riana Gray scored inside to give the hosts the lead for the first time, and Any Reiff's three-pointer made it a 9-5 game.
• The remainder of the first-period scoring came at the free-throw line, as Reiff knocked down a pair of shots, ans senior Sydney Lambert
did the same with Sophomore Angela Perry
split a pair of tosses to get BG within three points after 10 minutes.
• The Falcons were just 1-for-10 from the field in the first quarter, while Xavier went just 3-of-17.
• For the second-straight quarter, BG scored the first five points. Hempfling found sophomore Madisen Parker
for a three-pointer from the right wing, and Hempfling then threw the ball inside to Perry for a layup ant a 13-11 lead. After making one field goal in the first quarter, the Falcons were 2-for-3 after just two possessions in the second.
• Owens countered with a transition layup, but Lambert knocked down a second-chance three-pointer after freshman Molly Dever's
offensive rebound in traffic.
• The hosts scored the next four points to take a one-point lead, but after Reiff's banker, BG came right back with a Perry bucket inside, and Cecil hit a shot from the arc with the Falcons on the break, giving BGSU a 21-17 lead with 2:41 left in the half.
• Hempfling scored off of a Cecil bounce pass, and the freshman then got the ball inside to Perry for a layup in the final minute of the half. BGSU took a 25-23
• Glowniak hit a turnaround banker on the opening possession, giving the Falcons a four-point lead. But, the Musketeers went on an 8-0 run, with Gray making three of the team's four shots from close range. Her third bucket in that stretch gave the hosts a 31-27 lead and prompted the Falcons to use a timeout at the 7:09 mark.
• Out of that timeout, BG threw the ball inside to Perry for a bucket, but Gray scored again, and after a steal, Lauren Wasylson's three-pointer gave the hosts a seven-point lead. Gray scored again, and after two scoreless minutes, a pair of Owens charity tosses capped a 9-0 run that gave X a 40-29 lead.
• Perry split a pair of free throws to stop that run, but Reiff's corner three gave the hosts a 13-point lead, the largest of the game to that point, with 2:49 on the clock.
• Cecil found Perry for a three-pointer from the top of the arc, and Perry's turnaround bank shot with just over a minute left cut the BG deficit to eight points after 30 minutes.
• Reiff hit the first of her three fourth-quarter three-pointers, but Cecil converted an and-one layup, then made the free throw to complete the three-point play. When Parker was fouled on a drive and hit both shots at the stripe, BG trailed by just six points, 46-40, with over nine minutes to play.
• Owens knocked down a long three-pointer, and a pull-up jumper by Carrie Gross gave the hosts an 11-point advantage. But, Lambert blew by the Xavier defense for a quick layup, and Perry knocked down a shot in the paint.
• Hempfling was fouled on a drive and split a pair of shots, and the freshman then pounded the ball inside to Perry for a layup. BG trailed by only four points, 51-47, and the Musketeers used a timeout with 4:09 to go.
• BG got a stop, but a three-point try that could have cut the Falcons' deficit to a single point was off the mark, and at the other end, Reiff hit a long-distance attempt to give her team a seven-point lead.
• Then, a steal at midcourt gave the ball back to the hosts, and that possession resulted in an Owens bucket. After a BG layup would not drop, Reiff's three-ball gave the Musketeers a 59-47 lead with just over two minutes to go. Hempfling found fellow freshman Morgan McMillen
for an open layup, but the Falcons would get no closer.
• The Xavier game was BGSU's fourth game in a 10-day span, and the Falcons' seventh contest in the month of November. BG now is idle from competition for over a week. The Falcons will travel to Buffalo to face Canisius on Saturday, Dec. 8, with tipoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
• Then, BGSU have another week-plus between games, before the Falcons host Detroit Mercy on Monday, Dec. 17. That game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center.
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