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BGSU W.Basketball: MAC play begins Thursday as KSU comes to town

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BOWLING GREEN – The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, having posted a winning non-conference record for the 11th consecutive season, begins Mid-American Conference play this week ... the Falcons of head coach Jennifer Roos continue a season-long five-game homestand with a Thursday (Jan. 10) contest vs. Kent State University ... tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center (4,347)

The BGSU department of athletics will recognize the accomplishments of the program's student-athletes at Thursday's game ... all BGSU student-athletes with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher will be recognized at halftime of the Kent State game.

The BGSU women's basketball program certainly had a successful fall semester, in the classroom as well as on the court ... the team's student-athletes combined for a GPA of 3.27 in the fall semester ... a total of five student-athletes had a perfect 4.00 GPA in the fall, with no fewer than 10 of the 13 team members posting a semester GPA of 3.00 or higher ... currently, the team's combined cumulative GPA is 3.436.

• Heading into Thursday's KSU game, the Falcons have a record of 9-2 in MAC openers since Jennifer Roos arrived at BGSU ... the Falcons have won eight-straight league lid-lifters since a 72-70 home loss to Ball State in January of 2004.

• BGSU enters the 2012-13 MAC schedule with an all-time record of 362-147 (.711) in league regular-season contests ... the Falcons have the most conference wins and highest winning percentage of all league institutions, and BG leads the series with each of the other 11 schools.

• The Falcons are 8-3 in MAC home-opening games in the Roos Era ... BGSU has won the last seven such contests ... the team's last loss in the conference home opener came on Jan. 12, 2005, a narrow 51-48 setback to Eastern Michigan ... over the last seven seasons, BG has won the MAC home opener by an average of 22.7 points per game ... the Falcons' lone single-digit win in that time came four years ago (Jan. 14, 2009), an 87-79 win over Miami ... three of those seven wins have been by more than 30 points.

• The Falcons, as mentioned, posted a winning record in non-conference play for the 11th consecutive season ... however, BG ended non-league action with a 59-56 loss to UCF at the Stroh Center on Friday night (Jan. 4) ... the Knights trailed the Falcons by 15 points early in the second half, and BG still had a double-digit lead with just over five minutes left before the visitors rallied for the victory.

• Although the Falcons continued the streak of winning non-league records, another streak came to an end ... BGSU did not post a double-digit win total in non-conference play, ending the Falcons' streak at a MAC-record six consecutive seasons ... the Falcons had at least 10 non-league victories in every season from 2006-07 to 2011-12 ... no other MAC program has had more than two years, consecutive or non-consecutive, in league history.

• BGSU's six total seasons of 10 or more non-league wins is by far the most in MAC annals ... the complete list of double-digit non-league seasons is as follows: BGSU 6; Eastern Michigan and Toledo 2; Kent State and Miami 1.

• The 60-point mark has proven to be a barometer of BGSU's success in the season's first 13 games ... the Falcons have a record of 9-0 when scoring 60 or more points this year, and BG is 0-4 when the offense is held under the 60-point mark.

• Thursday's Kent State game is the first of three home conference contests in a seven-day span for the Falcons ... BGSU will host Toledo on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 13) before facing Ball State at the Stroh Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The Falcons, entering the 2012-13 conference schedule, continue to own the best record in MAC history ... BGSU has an all-time record of 362-147 (.711) in MAC regular-season contests, for the most wins and highest winning pct. of all league institutions ... and, BGSU leads the series with all 11 MAC foes, making the Falcons the only team in the league, obviously, with a winning series record against every other school.

• The Falcons enter the Kent State game with a record of 9-4 on the season ... BGSU is coming off a rare home loss, having fallen to UCF on Friday night (Jan. 4) to close the non-conference schedule ... that snapped a six-game winning streak which coincided with the month of December ... the Falcons capped off that winning streak with a 65-40 win over #14/15 Dayton (Dec. 30).

• BG had begun the month with home victories over Colorado State (71-49; Dec. 1) and Butler (67-47; Dec. 5) ... the Brown and Orange then went on the road to record a third-straight win of 20-plus points, downing Northwestern, 60-37, in Chicagoland (Dec. 9) ... BG returned home to post a 79-69 win over Wyoming (Dec. 16), and won a 64-61 decision at Massachusetts (Dec. 19) prior to breaking for the holidays.

BGSU opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 68-57 win over Madonna at the Stroh (Nov. 10), then hit the road and bested Niagara, 79-74 (Nov. 15) ... BG then suffered back-to-back losses at Purdue (45-59; Nov. 19) and against Villanova, with the latter setback coming by a 53-42 score in Las Vegas (Nov. 24).

• The Brown and Orange bounced back with a 64-54 win over host UNLV (Nov. 25), before falling to Temple, 70-56, at the Stroh (Nov. 28) ... again, though, after losing to a Philadelphia Big Five school, the Falcons responded with a win over a Mountain West Conference foe, as BG topped CSU to begin the aforementioned six-game win streak.

• The Falcons are 5-2 at home, 4-1 on the road and 0-1 in neutral-site games this season to date ... BGSU has a scoring margin of +6.7, and the Falcons lead the MAC in rebounding margin, at +5.8.

• Individually, senior Chrissy Steffen paces a balanced Falcon scoring attack, with 12.6 points per game ... Steffen also averages 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, and she leads the Brown and Orange with 23 successful three-point field goals this season ... the senior is shooting a team-best 46.4% from the floor.

• Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers and true junior Jillian Halfhill have 11.3 and 9.5 ppg, respectively ... Rogers has a team-leading 6.7 rpg, and she also leads BGSU in steals (2.2 spg) ... Halfhill has 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest, leading the team in helpers and ranking second in boards.

• Fifth-year senior Danielle Havel has 7.5 ppg, and is near the top of the team lists in a multitude of categories ... she is second on the Falcons in assists (2.4 apg) and third in rebounds (5.4 rpg), and she leads the Brown and Orange in blocked shots ... Havel also paces the Falcons in free-throw percentage (79.3%; tied for team lead) and ranks second in field-goal pct. (43.2%).

• Sophomore Jasmine Matthews has 5.7 ppg, while freshman Miriam Justinger averages 4.6 ppg ... Matthews is second on the Falcons in three-pointers, having hit 17 long-range attempts on the season ... Justinger is 7-of-14 (50.0%) from three-point land and 23-of-29 (79.3%) from the free-throw line this year to date ... she is tied with Havel for the team lead in FT pct.

• Junior Jill Stein and senior Allison Papenfuss have 3.9 ppg apiece this season ... Stein has 3.8 rebounds per contest, while Papenfuss has 3.3 rpg ... freshman Bailey Cairnduff averages 3.2 points per outing, and has made seven three-pointers this season to tie for fifth on the Falcons.

• Each of the aforementioned nine players has scored in double digits at least once this season.

• Junior Katrina Salinas is averaging 2.0 ppg in her first season at BGSU, while sophomore Deborah Hoekstra has played in six games and is averaging 0.8 ppg.

• Seven players have seen action in all 13 games this year ... that list includes Halfhill, Havel, Justinger, Papenfuss, Salinas, Steffen and Stein ... Matthews and Rogers have played in 12 games, with Cairnduff seeing action in 11 and Hoekstra six ... senior Simone Eli is currently sidelined due to injury and has yet to see game action this season.

• Halfhill, Havel and Steffen each have started all 13 games to date, while Rogers has made 12 starts ... Cairnduff started the first four games of the season, while Matthews has been in the starting lineup in each of the last nine contests.

• Head coach Jennifer Roos welcomed back nine letterwinners, including four starters, from a year ago ... the Brown and Orange went 24-7 overall and 14-2 in the MAC in 2011-12 ... two of those starters, Steffen and Rogers, were selected to the Preseason All-MAC Team in 2012-13.

• Havel, Rogers and Steffen each started all 31 games a year ago, while Matthews made 21 starts as a freshman ... Halfhill played in all 31 games last year, starting the first 10.

• The Falcons are shooting .378 from the field, and BG is .338 from three-point range and .724 from the free-throw line through the first 13 games ... the opponents have shot .389 from the floor, .291 from beyond the arc and .676 from the stripe.

Kent State has a record of 2-11 on the season, but the Golden Flashes ended non-conference play with an 18-point victory ... KSU defeated Bethune-Cookman, 73-55, to begin the 2013 calendar year (Jan. 2) ... the Flashes' other victory was a 71-62 win over Temple – a team that beat the Falcons by 14 points at the Stroh Center ... KSU is 2-4 at home, 0-5 on the road and 0-2 in neutral-site games to date ... senior guard Tamzin Barroilhet leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, with 10.4 points and 6.7 boards per game ... she also paces the Flashes in steals and is second in assists ... seniors Trisha Krewson, a guard, and forward Diamon Beckford are averaging 9.1 and 8.8 ppg, respectively ... Krewson has hit 18 three-point field goals, more than triple the total of any of her teammates ... Krewson and junior guard Ashley Evans (4.5 ppg, a team-leading 3.1 assists per game) are the only two players to have started all 13 games to date for first-year head coach Danielle O'Banion ... a total of seven letterwinners, including four starters, returned from last year's team that finished 6-21 overall and 5-11 in MAC play.

The Falcons lead Kent State, 47-28, in the all-time series between the teams, and BGSU has won the last three meetings and 16 of the last 17 matchups ... the Falcons swept last year's two contests, including a 76-57 win at the Stroh Center in the first-ever MAC game in the building's history (Jan. 4, 2012) ... nearly two months later, BGSU scored early and often in a 91-48 win in Kent (Feb. 28, 2012), a victory that clinched the outright regular-season title for the Brown and Orange ... the teams split their two matchups two seasons ago, as KSU broke a 13-game BG series win streak with a 44-43 win in Kent (Jan. 15, 2011), and the Falcons answered with an 80-59 victory at Anderson Arena the following month (Feb. 26, 2011) ... the Falcons are 22-10 in home games, 18-16 in road contests and 7-2 in neutral-site meetings with Kent/Kent State ... overall, the Flashes had won 12-straight matchups, and 17-of-18 contests, before BGSU captured the next 13 meetings prior to KSU's win in January of '11 ... Jennifer Roos is meeting Kent State for the first time as a collegiate head coach.

Following the Kent State game, the Falcons will continue a stretch of three games in seven days with a Sunday (Jan. 13) contest vs. Toledo ... that game will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised by SportsTime Ohio as well as streamed on ESPN3 ... then, BGSU will complete a season-long five-game homestand by facing Ball State on Wednesday, Jan. 16.