Bowling Green State University’s women basketball team’s biggest lead was 15 on Saturday, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Every time it seemed as if the Falcons were going to run away with the game, the Flashes fought their way back. Thanks to a 24-point outburst from center Lauren Tibbs however, the Falcons (9-14, 5-9 Mid-American Conference) were able to defeat the Flashes 65-55.
Mid-way through the fourth quarter, the Flashes were able to cut the Falcons’ lead to three. As both teams were trying to grab hold of the ball, the Flashes’ guard Tyra James swooped in and scored on a layup. James led her team with 19 points on 8-15 from the field and 2-3 from deep.
On the offensive glass, Kent State found it tough to keep Tibbs, who had four of Bowling Green’s 10 offensive rebounds, off the glass. The Falcons out rebounded the Flashes 34-28.
The last time these two teams played, Bowling Green knocked down 15 threes. In Saturday’s game, the Falcons were only able to knock down eight of their 24 shots.
A big part of the Falcons’ success was their ability to share the ball; they dished out 18 assists in the win.
Following Tibbs’ game-high 24 points and eight rebounds was Bowling Green guard Miriam Justinger, who added 12 points—shooting a perfect 3-3 from deep. She also added five assists and six rebounds.
James had her biggest night since the Flashes’ second game of the season. Chipping in was forward Jordan Korinek, who had 13 points.
The Flashes play again on Wednesday when they travel to league leader Ohio University. Tip-off starts at 7 p.m.
Eric Pitcher is a sports reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected]