The BGSU women's basketball team dropped their first ever game at the Stroh Center in November, on Wednesday they were determined to win their first ever MAC game at the new arena.
It wasn't exactly the type of performance that Curt Miller had hoped for, nevertheless the Falcons defeated Kent State 76-57.
"Well we'll take the win, we're not going to apologize for the win," Miller said. "I'm pleased that we're 1-0...we were not a crisp team today, you've got to credit Kent for some of that but I'm not sure we had the focus and the passion that you need in MAC basketball."
"Every team is going to come out even harder than Kent came out so we got to prepare and that starts in practice before hand," said sophomore Alexis Rogers, who recorded her second career double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
BG shot only 31.4% from the field in the second half compared to Kent's 44.9%, but despite the lead being trimmed to as little as eight points, the Falcons never seemed to lose control of the game. A big reason for that was the rebounding.
For the game, BG held a 52-28 advantage on the boards, including 26-4 at the offensive end.
Junior Chrissy Steffen continued her recent tear. Last week's MAC Player of the Week, scored a career high 27 points and grabbed a career high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. After the game, Steffen said she's starting to feel comfortable as the Falcons go-to player.
"I think in the beginning, I felt a lot of pressure on myself and so I just needed to relax and play like I normally do...It's gotten a lot better."
BG improved to 11-3 on the season, Kent State dropped to 1-10.
The Kent game was the first of three straight home games for the ladies. They'll host Akron at noon on Saturday and Ohio next Thursday.