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#24 Bowling Green 71, MIAMI 59

Despite an impressive late-game rally, Miami was unable to deny Bowling Green the 5th ever undefeated season in MAC play. The Falcons ran the table at 16-0, and stand 25-2 overall.

For most of the game, the Falcons played like the ranked team it is, and the RedHawks’ inexperience (at times, four freshmen were on the floor) showed. But late in the game, a tenacious Miami pressing defense fueled a furious 22-4 run, cutting a 28-point BG lead to a 10 point edge. It was too little too late for this game, but offers a sign of how well this team is capable of playing. This might bode well for the MAC Tourney.

Jenna Schone led the RedHawks with 13 points, and Cindi Merrill scored 11 in her final game at Millett Hall. Cindi had an excellent blocked shot to stuff a BG fast break: a play fans will remember for quite awhile. Miami also got a nice spark from some of the freshmen off the bench, like Stephanie Ford and Ashley Hawkins.

Miami will open MAC Tourney play on the road this Saturday, with the opponent to be determined tonight. If CMU wins at West Division champ Eastern Michigan tonight, then CMU will claim the 4 seed in the West and Miami will travel to Mt. Pleasant. MORE LIKELY, Miami will play at Northern Illinois, which would have the 4 seed if EMU beats Central.

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