BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Redshirt junior Alexis Rogers had a double-double in the second half alone, helping the Bowling Green State University women's basketball team to a 74-61 win over the University of Akron Wednesday night (Feb. 20). The Mid-American Conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons move into a tie with the Zips for first place in the MAC's East Division. Both teams are now 17-8 overall and 8-4 in conference play.
Rogers had 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds on the night. She had 14 points and 10 boards after halftime, as the Falcons held a 25-17 second-half rebounding advantage.
Senior Chrissy Steffen led all players with 17 points, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Fifth-year senior Danielle Havel scored 13 points to round out BGSU's double-digit scorers.
Havel went 3-for-5 from three-point land, matching her career high for three-pointers made. She had set that record in BG's last game, at Northern Illinois on Saturday (Feb. 16).
The Falcons now lead Akron, 49-3, in the all-time series, and BGSU is a perfect 26-0 in home games vs. the Zips. One of BG's three series losses, however, came three weeks ago (Jan. 31, 2013) at UA's Rhodes Arena. A loss to the Zips on Wednesday night would have put the Falcons two games behind Akron in the East Division race, with UA holding the tiebreaker.
Sina King had a double-double for the Zips on Wednesday, with 15 points and 10 boards, while Rachel Tecca had 13 points. UA held a 42-41 advantage on the boards for the game.
The game was tied on six first-half occasions, but a Steffen layup with 3:23 left before the half sparked a personal 6-0 run to end the half. Steffen added a free throw and knocked down a triple try to give the Brown and Orange a 37-31 halftime advantage.
The Zips got as close as three points early in the second period, but a 10-0 run by the Falcons gave BG a 50-36 lead with just over 12 minutes to go. Rogers had the first eight points in that run.
UA crept as close as seven points on two occasions in the final four minutes, but the Falcons held the Zips scoreless over the final 1:59, hitting six free throws to salt away the win.
BG shot 45.5 percent for the game, hitting 15 field goals in each half. The Falcons held UA to a 32.8% success rate on the night.
In fact, after the Zips made 8-of-10 shots to begin the game, the BG defense held the visitors to just 13 field goals in 54 attempts the rest of the night (24.1%). Akron scored 20 points in the first six minutes of the game and 41 over the remaining 34-plus minutes.
The Zips did, however, become the first MAC team to score over 60 points in the brief history of the Stroh Center. The Falcons have played a total of 14 games vs. conference foes in the building, now in its second season.
BGSU now prepares for a weekend trip to Oxford, Ohio, as the Falcons take on Miami University on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23). Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at MU's Millett Hall.
More information on Wednesday's game will be available later Wednesday evening (or perhaps early Thursday morning) on the internet at BGSUFalcons.com.