EVANSTON, Ill. – Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers scored 25 points and the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team held Northwestern University scoreless for over 10 minutes en route to a 60-37 win Sunday afternoon (Dec. 9). The non-conference game was held at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 6-3 on the season, while dropping the Wildcats to 6-3.
Rogers had a career-high seven steals in addition to her 25 points, as BGSU forced NU into 17 turnovers on the day.
The home team did not score until just 9:24 remained in the opening half. The 'Cats missed their first 11 shots and had eight turnovers prior to getting on the scoreboard.
Senior Chrissy Steffen joined Rogers in double digits for the Falcons, with 14 points
Kendall Hackney led the Wildcats with 15 points and eight rebounds. The 'Cats had just eight players in uniform for the game.
Rogers scored nine of the game's first 10 points. She outscored the entire Northwestern team in the first half, with 16 points before the intermission. In fact, when Rogers hit a three-point field goal to give her those 16 points with just over four minutes remaining in the opening half, she was singlehandedly outscoring all of the other players on both teams combined.
Neither team scored for nearly two minutes at the start of the day, but Rogers hit a three-pointer just before the shot-clock reached zero, giving the Brown and Orange a 3-0 lead, and the Brown and Orange would never trail.
Rogers then hit a layup for a 5-0 lead, and when she backed her defender down and hit a turnaround shot, BGSU was up 8-0 as the Wildcats used their first timeout of the day.
In addition to scoring seven of the first eight points of the game, Rogers also had two of her steals in the first 2:03 of the contest. Her third steal came with just over seven minutes elapsed, as she picked the pocket of Devon Brookshire at midcourt and sailed in for a layup and a 10-0 BGSU lead.
The shutout was still intact when senior Allison Papenfuss split a pair of free throws at the 12:08 mark to give the Falcons an 11-point lead. Neither team would score for the next two-and-a-half minutes, until Hackney took a pass and hit a short jumper from the right side.
Junior Jillian Halfhill responded, however, with a running layup, and a Rogers free throw out of the 7:40 media timeout gave the visitors a 14-2 lead and put the West Chester, Ohio, native into double digits in the scoring column.
Brookshire hit a jumper for the Wildcats' second field goal of the day, but Steffen took a pass from Havel and knocked down a triple try from the left corner. BGSU led, 17-4, with 6:55 on the clock.
Yet another steal by Rogers resulted in another layup ahead of the pack. This time, Rogers was fouled by Lauren Douglas, and she hit the ensuing toss to complete the three-point play and give the Falcons a 20-6 lead with 4:52 left before halftime.
The 'Cats hit a pair of free throws, but sophomore Jasmine Matthews found Rogers outside the arc for a triple and a 23-8 advantage.
The home team scored seven of the game's next 11 points, doing most of their damage at the foul line, before Steffen's three-point play in the final minute gave the Falcons a 28-15 lead at the half.
In that opening half, Rogers had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, along with five steals. As a team, the Wildcats had 15 points on 4-of-18 shooting, and three steals as a team.
The Falcons shot 33.3% in the first half, but three of BGSU's 10 makes came from three-point range, while none of Northwestern's four successful field goals were taken from outside the arc.
The 'Cats came out shooting in the second half. After making just four field goals in the opening period, the hosts scored on the first five possessions of the second period.
All five of those shots were from close range, with Hackney sinking four of those five. She hit NU's first three buckets of the period, but Rogers answered each time.
First, the BGSU redshirt junior grabbed an offensive rebound, was fouled and made both free throws. Then, Rogers drove the lane for a layup, and she found an open Steffen for a three-ball from the left corner at the 18:06 mark.
Steffen's shot gave the Falcons a 35-21 lead, but Brookshire scored down low, and after a BG turnover, Hackney put yet another close-range shot up and in. The margin was down to 10 points as BGSU head coach Jennifer Roos took a timeout.
The Wildcats then forced the Falcons into a shot-clock violation, but the BGSU defense stopped NU on the next three possessions to keep the lead in double figures.
Rogers hit a layup at the 14:13 mark, before Brookshire answered with a layup of her own a minute later. That would be NU's last bucket for quite some time, however.
After starting the game with a double-digit run, the Falcons put together another one. BGSU scored 10-straight points, keeping the 'Cats off the scoreboard for nearly six minutes.
The 10-0 run began when the Falcons got out and running after a defensive rebound. Halfhill found Steffen spotting up on the left wing, and the senior knocked down a three-pointer for a 40-27 lead.
Then, Matthews hit Halfhill for a nifty backdoor layup, and Havel kicked the ball out to Halfhill for a triple on the next possession. When Steffen drew a foul on Douglas and sank both shots from the stripe, the lead was 20 points, 47-27, with 8:05 remaining.
The 'Cats crept as close as 15 points on a Douglas three-point play with 5:09 left. But, Rogers answered with a trey of her own, sparking a 6-0 run. Freshman Miriam Justinger's free throws gave the Falcons a 55-34 lead with 2:38 remaining, and classmate Bailey Cairnduff would score the game's last five points.
Rogers and Steffen each hit three three-pointers as the Falcons went 8-for-24 from behind the arc on the day. NU hit just one triple in 14 tries.
Overall, BG shot 37.3% from the floor, while holding the 'Cats to just a 29.2% success rate. The Falcons went 14-of-18 from the free-throw line.
BGSU had a 39-32 rebounding advantage, with Halfhill pulling down a team-high eight boards to tie Hackney for game honors. Steffen had six rebounds to go along with her 14 points, while Rogers had five caroms.
Matthews led the Falcons with six assists on the afternoon.
Brookshire had eight points and Douglas six for the hosts. Karly Roser dished out a game-high seven assists, but also had five of the Wildcats' 17 turnovers.
BGSU now takes a break for fall semester exams, before hosting Wyoming next Sunday (Dec. 16) at the Stroh Center.