BG beats Xavier, UT falls at Duquesne

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From BG athletics:

The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team hit five three-point field goals in the first quarter alone, taking an early lead and seizing control of Wednesday's (Dec. 6) game against Xavier University. The Falcons moved to 7-1 on the season with a 63-53 win over the Musketeers before a large and raucous Kids Day crowd.

A total of 4,130 fans attended the game, the largest for a BGSU women's basketball game in Stroh Center history and the second-largest home attendance in BGSU women's basketball annals.

The game was not as close as the final score might indicate. BGSU went 5-of-7 from three-point range in the first quarter, building a 21-9 lead after 10 minutes. XU crept as close as six points early in the second period, but three consecutive long-range buckets gave the Orange and Brown a 34-19 lead, and the margin remained in double digits for the remainder of the game.

BG led by 20 points with under five minutes to go, before a late Xavier run got the Musketeers within 10 points at the final horn.

Sophomore Caterrion Thompson had a game- and career-high 19 points to pace three double-digit scorers for the Falcons. Classmate Andrea Cecil scored 14 points, while junior Carly Santoro had 12.

The crowd of 4,130 on Wednesday, as mentioned, marked the largest attendance for a BGSU women's basketball game in the history of the Stroh Center. And, it was the second-largest home crowd in program history.

The only larger crowd to see the Falcons play in Bowling Green was a throng of 4,408 for a game against Florida at venerable Anderson Arena on St. Patrick's Day of 1993. That was an NCAA Tournament contest between the Falcons and Gators.

The largest Stroh Center crowd for the BGSU women, prior to Wednesday, came on Jan. 31, 2015, when 3,498 fans saw the Orange and Brown take on arch-rival Toledo.

The only larger crowds to see a women's basketball game came during the 2012 NCAA Championships, when number-one Baylor downed UC-Santa Barbara in the first round en route to a 40-0 record and a national title. That game drew a crowd of 4,205, and the second game of the day, which saw Florida down Ohio State, had an announced attendance of 4,195.

From UT athletics:

PITTSBURGH, PA. - Toledo saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 73-54 loss at Duquesne in Wednesday's non-conference tilt at the A.J. Palumbo Center. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 6-2 on the season.

The Dukes (8-2) connected on 11 three-point field goals and shot a blistering 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from beyond the arc to hand UT its first loss in over three weeks.

Chassidy Omogrosso and Julijana Vojinovic did a bulk of DU's damage from three-point range with four treys each, while Kadri-Ann Lass had two. Omogrosso led Duquesne with a game-high 19 points, followed by Vojinovic and Lass with 18 and 12, respectively.

Junior Kaayla McIntyre paced Toledo with 14 points, seven boards and a season-high three steals, while classmate Olivia Cunningham had 10.

As a team, the Rockets shot 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the floor, including, 21.1 percent (4-of-19) from three-point land, and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the charity stripe.

Another difference in tonight's match-up was Duquesne's ability to tally points off UT miscues. The Rockets were guilty of 16 turnovers and the Dukes translated those miscues into 22 points.

Duquesne broke open a close game with a 12-4 run over the final 4:42 of the second quarter to assume a 39-31 lead at the intermission. It proved to be an advantage they would not relinquish.

Omogrosso nailed a triple and Paige Cannon followed with a traditional three-point play to account for the first six DU points in the burst. UT momentarily stopped Duquesne's momentum on a pair of free throws by McIntyre, before Duquesne reeled off six of the final eight points to take an eight-point cushion at the break. Libby Bazelak triggered the final rally with her team's seventh three-point field goal in the opening 20 minutes to make it a three-possession difference at the half.

The Dukes remained red-hot shooting the ball from the perimeter in the third period, as Vojinovic and Omogrosso converted two treys each to extend UT's deficit to double figures, 57-47, after 30 minutes of competition.

Unfortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, they would be unable to get any closer than nine points for the remainder of regulation as their six-winning streak against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents also came to an end.

The Rockets will return to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 9 when they entertain Cleveland State in their only home game during the month of December.