BOWLING GREEN - The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team scored early and often Saturday afternoon (Nov. 3), rolling along to a 105-39 win over Slippery Rock University. The exhibition game was held at the Stroh Center.
Senior Allison Papenfuss scored 29 points in just 24 minutes, pacing four double-figure scorers for the Falcons. In addition to her prodigious point total, Papenfuss tied for team honors with eight rebounds, led all players with three blocked shots and had a pair of steals.
BGSU had 24 steals as a team, as the Falcons forced SRU into 34 turnovers on the day. BGSU had a 46-2 advantage in points off turnovers, and the Brown and Orange also enjoyed huge margins in several other specialty categories, including points in the paint (64-8), second-chance points (28-2) and fast-break points (22-0).
The Falcons, paced by Papenfuss, also had a 54-19 advantage in bench scoring.
Three starters scored in double figured for the home team, as redshirt junior Alexis Rogers had 18 points, while freshman Bailey Cairnduff and junior Jillian Halfhill scored 12 and 11, respectively.
Halfhill tied for game honors with five assists, and led all players with five steals on the day. Halfhill and fellow point guard Katrina Salinas combined for 10 assists (five each) without committing a turnover.
In addition to her five assists, Salinas also had four steals on the afternoon.
Freshman Miriam Justinger and junior Jill Stein each scored nine points off the bench. Stein added eight boards, helping the Falcons to a 43-28 rebounding margin, and the junior also had four assists, two steals and a block.
Justinger had five boards, three steals and a pair of helpers.
Papenfuss made 12 of her 16 shots from the field, and hit all five free throws she attempted on the day. She scored 15 points in the first half and 14 in the second. Rogers also had 15 points in the opening half as the Falcons blew out to an early lead and never looked back.
After The Rock went ahead, 3-2, the Falcons proceeded to score 29 of the game's next 34 points, going up by a 31-8 count on a pair of free throws by Rogers just after the eight-minute media timeout.
The visitors hit a three-pointer to cut BG's advantage to 34-12, but the Brown and Orange then went on a 19-0 run to remove any remaining doubt about the outcome. The Falcons led by a 55-14 score at halftime.
Rogers scored BG's first seven points of the day before Halfhill split a pair of free throws. After SRU's Christa Wodarczyk hit a three-point field goal to cut the Falcons' lead to 8-6, Cairnduff responded with a triple of her own after an offensive rebound by Rogers. Halfhill picked Jazymyne Frost's pocket near midcourt and sailed in for a layup and a 13-6 BGSU lead, and after a Frost putback, the Falcons ran away and hid, scoring the next 16 points.
BG's first double-digit scoring run of the half started with a jumper by senior Chrissy Steffen. Justinger hit a shot on her first possession after checking into the game, as six different Falcons found the scoresheet during that stretch. Papenfuss scored five points during that run, and when Rogers hit her two charity tosses at the 7:49 mark, BG's lead was 31-8.
Moments later, Rogers began the 19-0 run by hitting back-to-back transition layups, taking passes from Justinger and Salinas, respectively, and the Falcons were on their way.
After the Rogers layups, senior Danielle Havel hit an 'and-one' layup, making the free throw for a 41-12 lead. Papenfuss converted a pair of shots inside, and Justinger hit a free throw. Then, the Falcons proceeded to score five points in five seconds.
That sequence began with another Papenfuss hoop, as she knocked down a jumper in the paint. Then, Salinas stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a layup while drawing a foul. Her free throw was good, and when Papenfuss converted yet another layup, BGSU's lead was 53-12 in the final minute of the half.
The teams traded hoops before the break, and the Falcons' lead never dropped below 40 points in the second period. BG led by a 71-17 count after a Papenfuss steal and layup with 13:42 left, and the lead exceeded 60 points for the first time after Stein's putback with 9:27 left. She completed the three-point play to give the hosts an 85-23 lead at that point.before the teams essentially traded buckets the rest of the way.
The Falcons shot 58.3 percent from the field in the opening half en route to a 55.9% rate for the game. In addition to the Papenfuss performance, Rogers went 5-of-6 from the field. All 10 BGSU players that saw action scored at least two points on the day.
The Falcons open the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 10), hosting Madonna in a 1:00 p.m. tip at the Stroh Center. Following that game, the Brown and Orange will play four-straight games away from home, before returning to face Temple on Nov. 28.