The BGSU women's basketball team won their first game at the brand new Stroh Center, and their first game of the season, on Sunday with a 71-54 win over Evansville. It was sweet revenge for the Falcons after dropping their season opener to the Aces last year.
BG led by seven at halftime, but went on a 10-0 run midway through the second to springboard them to the double digit victory.
"I feel like we've been working really hard in practice and [it] just feels great, especially to get the first win on our home floor here," said sophomore Noelle Yoder, who scored a career high 14 points and hit on three of seven attempts from three point range.
Yoder was among three Falcons in double figures, the others were junior Chrissy Steffen, who led the team with 16, and senior Jessica Slagle with 10. Freshman Jasmine Matthews continued her impressive start to her career with nine points, including two big shots from behind the arc. Redshirt junior Danielle Havel added nine points while pulling down 10 rebounds.
"It was a much needed win for us to be confident. It was a tough loss [to Purdue] and I think coach was worried if we we're going to bounce back or might come out flat against Evansville...but it was much needed, I think, for everybody's confidence," Havel said.
Despite the win, head coach Curt Miller's squad continues to search for an identity in the early season.
"This is still...I call the Cedar Point season. It's a little bit of a roller coaster. We were not good against Dayton, I thought we played with terrific energy and a toughness about us against Purdue and tonight it was off and on," Miller said.
Next up for BG is a 7pm tip-off at Detroit on Tuesday.
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