DeKALB, Ill. – The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team used a torrid shooting start to take an early lead en route to a 60-49 win at Northern Illinois University Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16). The Mid-American Conference game was held at the Convocation Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 16-8 overall and 7-4 in MAC action. BGSU remains in second place in the MAC's East Division, one game behind division-leading Akron. The Falcons host the Zips on Wednesday night.
The Huskies drop to 7-17 and 2-9, respectively.
Seniors Danielle Havel and Chrissy Steffen scored 14 points apiece as all 10 BG players to see action scored at least two points. The two Carmel, Ind., natives combined for seven of the Falcons' 10 three-point field goals in the win.
Havel's point total tied her career high. She was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, setting a career best for three-pointers made. Steffen went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
BGSU hit five-straight three-point tries to begin the game. The Falcons went 8-of-15 from long distance in the first half and connected on 10-of-23 triple tries on the day.
Junior Jillian Halfhill connected on two of her three shots from beyond the arc, as BGSU's starters combined to go 10-of-18 from long range.
Amanda Corral was the lone double-figure scorer for the Huskies, with 12 points.
The lead changed hands three times in the first three-plus minutes of the game, but after Havel hit from long range to give the Falcons a 6-4 lead, the Brown and Orange would not trail again.
Halfhill's tri-lighter at the 14:26 mark gave the visitors a 17-6 advantage, and the Falcons' lead never dropped below double digits the rest of the way.
Another Havel trey gave BG a game-high 21-point lead late in the first half. The Huskies crept within 12 points on two occasions in the second period, but NIU would draw no closer until a layup with just 33 seconds left provided the final margin.
BGSU shot 42.6 percent from the field for the game, including a 14-of-30 (46.7%) effort in the first period. The Falcon defense held the Huskies to a 32.0% percent rate in the first 20 minutes, as NIU went 8-of-25 from the floor. Northern shot 36.7% on the game.
The Falcons now close the regular season with five consecutive games against MAC East Division foes, beginning with Wednesday's (Feb. 20) game vs. Akron. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m. at the Stroh Center.