Women’s hoops loses at Bowling Green State
Sophomore Ciara McLee scored seven points off the bench.
Sophomore Ciara McLee scored seven points off the bench.
Bowling Green State extended its win streak to seven games by downing the JU women’s basketball team, 83-53, on Sunday afternoon at the Stroh Center.

Danielle Havel paced the Falcons (7-2) with 13 points after going 4 of 6 from the floor and hitting all four of her free throws. Jessica Slagle went 5-for-7 from the floor for 12 points to help Bowling Green who finished with a 52.7 field goal percentage (29-55) and shot 65.5 from the charity stripe (19-29).

“This wasn’t our day,” JU head coach Jill Dunn said. “They showed why they have won their last seven conference titles. We have to find ways to get better from game to game so we can build some momentum.”

Junior Tracie Sneed led the Dolphins (0-8) with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while senior Crystal Bell had 10 points off the bench. JU finished shooting 29.2 from the floor and went 8 of 10 on the free throw line.

Consecutive layups by Slagle and a bucket by Alexis Rogers helped Bowling Green take a 13-2 lead at 14:43 in the first half. The Dolphins cut the deficit to 19-8 less than three minutes later on a Bell score. A 10-2 Falcons run capped on a Noelle Yoder three-pointer pushed the Bowling Green advantage to 29-10 (7:54). Free throws by Sneed and sophomore Madison Scott in the final two minutes made it a 38-21 deficit at half time.

Yoder and Jillian Halfhill each recorded 10 points to round out the Falcons in double-figures. Rogers had nine rebounds in the win.

In the second half, Slagle and Havel combined to score 13 of Bowling Green’s 18 points to start the frame to secure the victory.

Sophomore Jade Cargill finished with eight points and nine rebounds for JU. Sophomore Ciara McLee got hot late to finish with seven points.

The Dolphins finally return home on Thursday to host Jacksonville State at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.