KALAMAZOO – Western Michigan University junior Corie Buchanan hit a shot in the lane with 4.6 seconds to go, lifting the Broncos to a 55-54 win over the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10). The Mid-American Conference game was held at WMU's University Arena.
With the victory, the Broncos improve to 8-15 overall and 4-6 in the MAC. The Falcons drop to 15-8 and 6-4, respectively.
The Falcons shot just 17.9 percent from the field in the first half, making only seven shots in 39 attempts in the first 20 minutes. For the game, BGSU shot 27.1% from the floor.
BGSU took 26 more shots (70 to 44) than the Broncos on Sunday afternoon, in large part because of WMU turnovers and BG offensive rebounding. The Falcons forced 20 Bronco turnovers in the game, and BG had 22 offensive boards in the game.
When Bronco possessions resulted in a shot, however, the home team enjoyed success. Western shot 52.4% in the first half and an even 50.0% percent on the afternoon, going 22-of-44 from the field.
Sophomore Deborah Hoekstra led the Falcons with 11 points off the bench, while senior Chrissy Steffen and redshirt junior Alexis Rogers scored 10 points apiece.
Junior Jillian Halfhill's lone bucket of the day was a big one, as the point guard hit a three-pointer with 19.0 seconds left to give the Falcons a 54-53 lead. That shot, off of a pass from Hoekstra, came after a big-time offensive rebound by Rogers, who grabbed the ball in traffic while her body was nearly parallel to the ground.
After the officials went to the video monitor to review the shot, the clock was set at 19.7 seconds. The Broncos took the ball over midcourt and called a timeout with 15.9 seconds remaining to set up the winning shot.
Buchanan's shot, taken from the right side of the lane, bounced around and dropped through the hoop with 4.6 seconds to go. The Falcons quickly inbounded the ball, and Hoekstra got it to Steffen. The senior's shot from just inside midcourt was off the mark as time expired.
The Falcons now prepare for a trip to DeKalb, Ill., to face Northern Illinois University on Saturday (Feb. 16). Following that game, the Brown and Orange will return home to face the University of Akron on Wednesday, Feb. 20.