Broncos Drop Road Matchup with Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Western Michigan women’s basketball team fell on the road this evening at the hands of Bowling Green (9-7, 4-3 MAC) by a final score of 67-51. The loss is just the second for the Broncos in MAC play this season.

WMU (10-5, 4-2 MAC) played well in stretches inside the Stroh Center, and won the final two quarters 34-28. The Falcon offense, which leads the Mid-American Conference in field goal percentage both inside and outside the arc, pushed BGSU out in front in the opening half of play, which proved to be the difference in the game.

Despite a slow first half, the Broncos got a boost from redshirt sophomore Taylor Williams, who scored the first nine Bronco points and added three blocks going into the locker room. Western Michigan returned to their comfort zone following the break as Williams notched seven fourth-quarter points and pulled in five second-half rebounds.

Sophomore guard Lauren Ross added 13 points to the Bronco comeback effort in the second half and scored six straight points for WMU midway through the third quarter thanks to a pair of buckets and two free throws. Western Michigan cut the Bowling Green lead to 12 as junior guard Sydney Shafer found the net on a three-point attempt with 4:06 remaining in the third, but would not get any closer.

In the final 20 minutes of game time, WMU led or tied Bowling Green in points from turnovers, paint points, second chance points, fast break points, and bench points while forcing 11 Falcon turnovers. The Broncos also shot at a clip of 48.1 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. Additionally, Western Michigan stuck with BGSU on the glass in the second half, trailing the Falcon rebound total by just one board.

for the game, Lauren Ross led all Broncos in scoring for the 12th time this season with 17 points on 7-14 shooting. Taylor Williams was close behind, contributing 16 points of her own on 6-13 from the field (46.2 percent) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and a career-high six blocked shots. Sophomore guard Megan Wagner was tenacious on defense in the ballgame as well, swiping five steals while adding eight points and two assists on the offensive end.

The Falcons shot an even 51 percent for the game, capitalizing on 26 of their 51 attempts from the floor and 5-14 from deep (35.7 percent). BGSU also pulled in 39 rebounds in the contest, while the Broncos snatched 20 as a group. WMU was the game’s leader in second chance points, and hung with the Falcons in transition, trailing by just a single point in the fast break.

Western Michigan now returns to Kalamazoo for two home games in three days as they host Ohio on Jan. 29 and the Northern Illinois on Jan. 31. Tip-off on Saturday against the Bobcats is set for 2 pm and will be streamed via ESPN+, while Monday’s contest against the Huskies has a confirmed start time of 7 pm and can be found on ESPN3.

Saturday’s matchup will also feature a performance by America’s Best Frisbee dogs for your halftime entertainment. Tickets for all Bronco home games can be found at wmubroncos.com/tickets or by calling 1-888-4-WMU-TIX.

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