Final: Bowling Green 79, Buffalo 59
3:28 left: Bowling Green leads, 73-53. We're just waiting for the final horn at this point.
7:28 left: Bowling Green leads, 61-48. The falcons look to be en route to their fourth straight MAC win.
11:52 left: Bowling Green leads, 51-38. Shooting is not pretty this half as both teams are in the 20s, but the Bulls are worse for the wear hitting just 21.4 percent (3 of 14).
15:52 left: Bowling Green leads, 43-34. The Falcons opend the half on a 7-0 run to go up, 43-30 -- the first double-digit lead of the game. The Bulls missed their first four shots of the half before Hedderson made things happen on offense.
Halftime: Bowling Green leads, 36-30. Much closer than conventional wisdom would tell you. But conventional wisdom is, well, never fun. Hedderson has 13 points for the Bulls whil Jasmine Matthews leads the Falcons with 11 points. The Bulls are shooting 44 percent (11 of 25) while Bowling Green is hitting 46.9 percent (15 of 32).
3:25 left: Bowling Green leads, 29-25. The Bulls are playing good defense, but at times are failing to secure the rebound, giving the Falcons second looks and opportunities to reset their offense. Brittany Hedderson drove the lane and was fouled. She will shoot one free throw out of the time out.
6:19 left: Bowling Green leads, 26-19. Ah, the game of runs. The Bulls went on an 8-0 run, fueled by three-pointers from Nicki Hopkins and Margeaux Gupilan to tie the game, 19-19. But Bowling Green then went on a 7-0 run of its own to regain the lead. Both teams, right now, believe they can win the game. If that remains, we could be in for a good one here in Alumni.
11:03 left: Bowling Green leads, 16-9. Turnovers are hurting the Bulls as their defense is adequate, on a few possessions even pretty darn good, but they're coughing up the ball on the other end, giving them little to show for it. The Falcons aren't quite in their groove yet, either. Not the sloppiest game I've seen this year, but lots of fumbles.
15:58 left: Bowling Green leads, 9-7. Brittany Hedderson hit two three-pointers to pace the Buffalo offense while Alexis Rogers has four points for the Falcons with some good moves inside. Back and forth and tight game to start.
If you're talking Mid-American Conference women's basketball, you're talking Bowling Green. The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams in conference play (along with Miami) and are looking to extend to a 4-0 start this afternoon against the University at Buffalo in Alumni Arena.
Bowling Green (13-3) is off to a 3-0 start in the MAC for the seventh straight season. Junior guard Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcns with 15.1 ppg while senior guard Jessica Slagle is averaging 10.1 points. Sophomore forward Alexis Rogers anchors the paint with 10.8 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulls enter the game on a four-game losing skid. The Bulls are looking for their first win in the MAC and are 5-12 overall. Brittany Hedderson leads the team with 19.5 points per game -- the only Buffalo player averaging double figures.
Bowling Green has won the last 14 meetings against Buffalo and Falcons coach Curt Miller is 16-1 against the Bulls.
--- Amy Moritz